For many parents, good manners and behaviour come near the top of the list. This is understandable; being polite and knowing how to act in certain situations is a vital part of having a happy and successful life. For decades, many parents have supplemented hands-on training in how to behave properly with children’s books. Stories are a fantastic teaching tool, because they can make learning almost anything a lot of fun. As many parents know, when learning becomes fun, the chances increase that you’ll impart a life-long lesson, once your children will benefit from for years to come. To that end here are some of the most popular and endearing stories that teach children manners. Read more in Children’s Book Guide.com
Jabatan Pengajian Media, Fakulti Sastera dan Sains Sosial, Universiti Malaya dengan kerjasama Ohio University dan Center of Creative Content and Digital Innovation, UM akan menganjurkan International Conference on Media Education and Training (ICMET) 2014 pada 18 Ogos 2014 di Universiti Malaya.
Bertemakan “Media Education and Training in a Globalized Networked Media Environment”, ICMET 2014 turut mengundang beberapa sarjana antarabangsa untuk berkongsi pengalaman dan ilmu berkaitan pendidikan dan latihan dalam bidang media yang semakin mencabar dengan persekitaran dan teknologi yang sentiasa berubah.
Penyertaan semua amat dialu-alukan sama ada sebagai peserta mahupun pembentang kertas kerja. Maklumat lanjut boleh diperoleh di http://media.um.edu.my/?modul=ICMET_2014
ANTOLOGI BAGI MERAIKAN DAN MEMPERINGATI 10 TAHUN MBBY: JEMPUTAN MENGHANTAR KARYA
Tahun ini MBBY meraikan ulang tahun ke-10. Kami menjemput anda untuk menghantar karya bagi penerbitan komemoratif Antologi MBBY Bersatu Walaupun Berbeza iaitu koleksi cerita dan puisi kanak-kanak untuk menonjolkan betapa indahnya kesatuan dan perpaduan, dan untuk mendidik pembaca muda bagi menghormati perbezaan yang wujud di kalangan individu dan komuniti dengan menggalakkan toleransi dan persefahaman. Memandangkan negara-bangsa di seluruh dunia kelihatan semakin bermasalah, dan tuntutan serta solidariti bangsa semakin meningkat, maka amat penting bagi Malaysia, sebuah negara pelbagai kaum, budaya dan agama, untuk menunjukkan modelnya yang unik dan berjaya kepada dunia tentang kewujudan bersama dan semangat menghormati sesama individu dan masyarakat. Sila kemukakan karya anda yang berbentuk sama ada cerita atau puisi dalam Bahasa Malaysia atau Bahasa Inggeris yang sesuai untuk bacaan kanak-kanak di bawah 12 tahun; tidak melebihi 1000 perkataan untuk cerita dan 30 baris untuk puisi (tradisional atau moden). Hantarkan penyertaan sebelum 30 Mei 2014 ke emel berikut: email@example.com . Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi Hjh Alimah Salam atau Encik Fadli Abdullah, di 03-79675717. Disediakan oleh Sid A Ishak.
CALL FOR ENTRIES: ANTHOLOGIES IN CELEBRATION AND COMMEMORATION OF MBBY 10TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
MBBY is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year. We invite entries for the commemorative MBBY Unity in Diversity Anthologies, collections of Children’s stories and poems to promote the beauty of oneness and unity, and to educate young readers to respect differences among people in their community by promoting tolerance and understanding. Now that nation-states around the world are weakening, and ethnic demands and solidarities are rising all over, it is important for Malaysia, a multiracial, multicultural and multireligious country, to offer to the world its unique successful model of co-existence and respect for each individual as well as the community. Entries either in Malay of English. suitable for children below 12 years, must not exceed 1000 words for short stories and 30 lines for poetry (traditional or modern). Send your entries before 30 May 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call Alimah Salam or Fadli Abdullah, at 03-79675717. Prepared by Sid A Ishak.
Makluman untuk semua ahli PEM:
Mesyuarat Agung kali ke-4 (2014) akan diadakan seperti berikut:
Tarikh: 25 Mac 2014, Selasa
Masa : 9.00 pagi
Tempat: Auditorium Fakulti Sastera & Sains Sosial, Universiti Malaya.
Sekiranya terdapat usul atau cadangan lain yang ingin dibangkitkan sila isi borang yang disertakan dalam surat yang terlampir di sini atau yang telah dihantar ke e-mel masing-masing sebelum atau pada 18 Mac 2014 (Selasa).
Untuk pengetahuan semua juga, wacana ilmu akan diadakan sebelum mesyuarat berkenaan.
Notis mesyuarat dan borang usul atau cadangan boleh diperoleh di sini Surat_Mesyuarat Agung 2014_notis ahli
Sekian, terima kasih.
Makluman untuk semua ahli PEM:
Mesyuarat Agung kali ke-3 (2013) akan diadakan seperti berikut:
Tarikh: 26 Mac 2013, Selasa
Masa : 9.00 pagi
Tempat: Jabatan Pengajian Media, Universiti Malaya.
Sekiranya terdapat usul atau cadangan lain yang ingin dibangkitkan sila isi borang yang disertakan dalam surat yang terlampir di sini atau yang telah dihantar ke e-mel masing-masing sebelum atau pada 22 Mac 2013 (Jumaat).
Untuk pengetahuan semua juga, wacana ilmu akan diadakan sebelum mesyuarat berkenaan.
Notis mesyuarat dan borang usul atau cadangan boleh diperoleh di sini Surat_Mesyuarat Agung 2013_notis ahli.
Sekian, harap maklum.
What exactly is an eBook? What does it look like? And why do PDFs need to be converted? If you’ve found yourself asking these questions, you’re not alone – Publish Green can help clear up some of the mystery for you.
What are eBook formats and why does my PDF need to be converted?
If you have a PDF, this means that you already have an electronic version of your book. It seems like this should be all you need, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. A PDF is actually very, very different from an eBook. A PDF is the file used to design your book for print; an eBook’s main purpose, on the other hand, is to be read on an eReader. eBooks have a very different internal structure, and are meant to be manipulated. In fact, that’s one of the biggest draws for people who use eReaders. Users can choose their own font, change the size of the words, increase line spacing, margins and more. Unlike a PDF or a print book, the two major eBook formats, MOBI and EPUB, are designed to allow this level of flexibility. For your eBook to take full advantage of an eReader’s capabilities (and for it to be sold through the major eBook retailers) it must be available in one or both of these formats.
What makes an eBook different from a print book or PDF?
Unlike a printed book, an eBook is “flexible,” meaning that it can be manipulated in many ways. Print books and PDFs, on the other hand, are essentially immovable. We like to use the comparison of a rock and a piece of clay.
The rock – in this case, the print book or the PDF – cannot be altered in any way unless it is physically damaged. The contour of the rock will always be the same, no matter how hard you try to change it. Similarly, the layout of a print book or a PDF will always be the same. You cannot move the pages around. If chapter 4 starts on page 16 in the print book, it will start on page 16 in the PDF, and there’s nothing you can do to change it. If chapter 8 in the print book uses a special font for a section of a chapter – perhaps a handwritten note by one of the characters in the book – then chapter 8 of the PDF will display the same “handwritten” styled font. It is not so in an eBook.
An eBook, or the clay in this analogy, is much more malleable. Font size and style can be changed by the reader, as well as line spacing and “page” margin. Adjustments to these settings will affect how the words flow and break onto the next “page.” Screen size affects how many words appear on the screen at a time, as well. An eBook displayed on the Kindle may contain more individual screens of text than one displayed on the iPad, since the screen size is so much smaller. Because of this “flowing” nature of the text in an eBook, each screen or “page” of text will never have a set page number, though some eReaders may automatically assign “page numbers” to each screen. These numbers will not match up with your print book, nor will they be the same from one device to another. They may even change on a single device if you adjust your settings. Like clay, your eBook will change and “re-shape” itself with every adjustment the reader makes.
Typesetting for Print vs. Coding an eBook
Just as your eBook looks different from your print book, it also requires a very different process to create and edit the files. When a designer typesets your book, they see the words on the page exactly as they will appear in the printed book. If they want to change spacing, it requires simply a few clicks of the mouse. If you need to make an editorial change, you can point out what page the error is on, and the designer can make the change, again, with just a few clicks.
An eBook, on the other hand, is created using code (much like a website). When your formatter works on your eBook, they are not seeing the words exactly as they will appear on the “page” or screen of an eReader. They see lines of code, and they must understand exactly how each line of code will translate to the eReader screen as they format. Making a change is not a matter of a few clicks. Any given change may require the formatter to change multiple lines of code, transform all of the code into an eBook file, and then finally see how the change translates to words on a page when the file is viewed on a device.
Though proper typesetting and eBook formatting both require trained professionals, creating and making changes to an eBook file can take significantly more time than typesetting and making changes to a print book. Again this is due to the fact that an eBook formatter works with the raw text and source code of the file. For this reason, changes that may seem simple or quick can often take longer than they may have for your print book, or require an additional cost.
Supported Features in eBooks
Aside from an eBook’s highly malleable structure, it may also differ from your print book in terms of which features we can and can’t reproduce in an eBook. Unlike a print book or PDF, where you can create virtually anything on the page you can think of, an eBook has limited abilities in what we are capable of creating. Special fonts or very fancy designs that are in your print book will not be in your eBook, or will be simplified, based on what we are able to do. For example, a heavily designed border around text in your print book will be formatted as a much simpler border or outline in the eBook. We are limited in this way for two reasons. 1) We use eBook-specific code (much like the code used to build a website) to create your eBook files. If we cannot recreate something in your eBook, it may be because the code used to build the file simply is not capable of producing that particular print design feature. 2) Sometimes, even if we can create a design feature using code, one or more of the major eReading devices may not be able to display it. This is what we mean when we say a particular device “doesn’t support” something. Even though eBooks are all created from the same basic building blocks, eReaders are not uniform in the way they “understand” all of the pieces.
When Publish Green formats your eBook, we will get as close as we can to your original version while working within the limits of the eBook format. Your eBook will NOT be a mirror image of your print book, nor will it look the same from one device to another, but that is okay. The most important thing is that your eBook is clean and professional, and consists of a steady stream of text that can be read and adjusted on all eReaders. Read more about Publish Green’s supported features.
What Goes into Creating Your eBook
Another part of what makes an eBook different from a print book or PDF is how exactly the files are created. When we make an eBook, we take your manuscript, break it down to its most basic parts, then rebuild it from the ground up using eBook-specific code, similar to what is used to create a website. Here is a look at the steps we take when creating your eBook:
- Strip out any headers, footers, endnotes, footnotes, page numbers, and other elements that interrupt the flow of text.
- Extract all the raw text from the manuscript (this is a more involved process if we are extracting from a PDF).
- Reformat the raw content using eBook-specific HTML (code) to recreate the style and design elements seen in print (ie. bold, italics, underlines, chapter headers, drop caps, etc.).
- Create the structure of the eBook by inserting prefaces, parts, chapters, sections, etc. that will reflect appropriate page breaks and table of contents hierarchy when viewed on a device.
- Recreate bulleted and numbered lists using HTML.
- Insert and hyperlink footnotes so readers can zip back and forth between the text and the corresponding note.
- Code hyperlinks for any outside websites that appear within the text.
- Insert images using specific code that tells the eReader how to display the image.
- Create a metadata file that will provide the device or software with pertinent information about the book, such as title and author.
- Create a hyperlinked table of contents that will be accessible in the navigation function of each eReader.
- Create eReader-specific title and copyright pages.
- Adjust the CSS (another type of code) of the file to reflect any universal styling that will apply to the entire eBook.
- Convert the HTML (the eBook’s source code) to EPUB and MOBI formats (the actual file type recognized by eReaders).
- Test the files on each major eReading device.
- Make changes to the source code (now that we can actually see what all the code looks like on the eReader!), convert to MOBI and EPUB, and re-test as necessary.
From Publishing Perspective.com
Lynette Owen of Pearson Education speaks in Frankfurt about best practices for selling rights
You made the journey to the biggest book fair, and now you’re wondering how to make the most of it. An intensive “Rights Express” seminar on Wednesday by the legendary Lynette Owen, Copyright Director at Pearson Education presented practical advice on how to sell rights successfully.
Here’s Owen’s wisdom, expressly condensed into 10 points:
- You can sell not only book publication rights but other rights too, for example: rights for co-editions, book club rights; condensation rights; audiobook rights, e-books and digital downloads; TV and film rights; and merchandising rights.
- Research the market climate and potential partners, and imagine the rights potential for each title.
- Set up a database to record details of your titles, submissions and sales, and details about your publishing partners. The database should help you keep track of submissions and negotiations. A well-designed system will enable quick decision-making.
- Strategize your sales efforts. Identify priority markets and key titles to sell.
- Meet your potential publishing partners at book fairs. Fix appointments in advance, by contacting the editor directly. Come prepared with rights guides and information sheets. Be clear on the rights that you will offer. Record your meeting in the form of notes.
- Pitch one or two titles to your potential publishing partner; do not flood potential licensees with too much marketing material.
- Follow-up within a week of the Fair. Don’t lose momentum. Refer to your notes for the materials you had agreed to send out to the potential partner.
- Obtain all details from the partner before negotiating the deal: such as their expected first print run, local price, publication schedule and promotion plans.
- Understand the key points of the license contract before negotiating. Negotiate royalty rate, payment terms, but also set dates for payment and publication schedules. Follow up diligently: for decisions, signing of contracts, payments due, expiry dates, etc.
- Create and maintain a good reputation as a rights seller. Be punctual; deal honestly and fairly; and build good and trustworthy relationships. Remember, the world of rights is a small one.
This paper examines the cultural policies of the Malaysian government with a focus on goals and policy implementation strategies in relation to her cultural industry. The principal aim is to track the Ministerial approaches that may confirm and explain the policies undertaken. By way of review and analysis, this paper looks at how Malaysia is positioning itself to become more and more globalised and to ensure that the country’s cultural products may reach global standards and become leading exporters of cultural products. This paper goes further to identify measures taken to activate and reinvigorate the industry.
Key Words: Cultural industry, cultural policy, domestic spending, media globalisation
* Penyelidikan ini telah dijalankan bersama Profesor Dr Azizah Hamzah selaku Ketua Projek di bawah KRI@UM. Sebahagian kandungannya telah dibentangkan di Hanoi pada Ogos 2012.