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November 27, 2020

Building An Interactive Book on the iPad

We are in the process of converting Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya book to an interactive book for the iPad with the intended date of release coming in June 2012.  It’s been a very involved process but one we are learning so much from.

Larisa Lovelady of Birmingham, first tackled the massive task of editing the copy of the book, looking for updates and ways to approach taking something that’s been produced in a traditional form and transferring it into something much more alive and different with interactive charts, graphs and 3D animations.  Shawn Hartley of Omaha did the first transferring of the copy once edited into the iBooks Author software.  Last weekend, CEO & Founder Donny Claxton and Photographer Jamaal Jackson went to Memphis for the 72nd Annual Society for American Archaeology meeting where video snippets were shot of 12 world-renowned Mayanists who will appear in the book, including Dr. Anthony Aveni of Colgate, Dr. John B. Carlson, the director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, Dr. Susan Milbrath, curator of Latin American Art and Archaeology, in Gainesville, FL, and Dr. John Hoopes of the University of Kansas among others.

Sample draft page of 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya

We now are neck-deep in doing the transfer layout, building the graphic animations and the compressing of nearly 11 hours of amazing insightful video down to hopefully about an hour’s worth to include in this one-of-a-kind new version of books.

This version of a book isn’t going to change how students around the world learn, it’s going to change the tools they use to learn.  And we  are so excited to be on the cusp of this incredibly big step.

Our hats are off to Dr. Van Stone and the other scholars we met with last weekend.  They get this.  While other scholars sat in sessions debating the future of archaeological publishing–basically a word document, a pdf and maybe some form of an e-Book reader, our scholars were sitting in front of our cameras giving perspectives generations will be able to read about and view for generations to come about the 2012 Meme.

 

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Adding A Superscript in iBooks Author–Apple Left Out A Step In Shortcode

No, this isn’t a post about an archaeological find per se, but it’s clearly something we’ve dug up in our use of iBooks Author in the development of our forthcoming Interactive Book for the iPad of Dr. Mark Van Stone’s 2012: Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya.

The thing is, Apple says in the program that the short code for adding a footnote superscript is to depress (Control Plus Command Plus +) to do it without having to use the mouse.  Only problem is this formula is missing the SHIFT key and if you simply do the three keys, nothing will happen.

iBooks Author Shortcode for Superscript Does Not Work As Written

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TWE Teams With Renowned Mayanist Dr. Mark Van Stone To Publish ‘2012 Meme’ Interactive Book For The New iPad

TheWondersExpedition.com Turning ‘2012: Science and Prophecy of Ancient Maya’ Into First Of Its Kind Interactive Book For The New  iPad In iBooks Format

For Immediate Release                                               Contact: Donald J. Claxton

March. 7, 2012                                                                        972-863-8784

DALLAS:  Dallas-based, TheWondersExpedition.com, Wednesday announced that it is actively working to publish the works of world renowned Mayanist, Dr. Mark Van Stone, as one of the world’s first interactive books for the new iPad on the 2012 “world-ending prophecies” of the ancient Maya.

The book, “2012: The Science and Prophecy of the Ancient Maya,” is presently on the market in hardback, softcover, and e-Pub formats by Dr. Van Stone, a professor of Art History at Southwestern College, Chula Vista, California.  He recently was featured in the first two episodes of the History Channel’s Ancient Aliens and was the 2001 co-author of “Reading The Maya Glyphs” with noted professor, Dr. Michael D. Coe, who often is credited with beginning the 2012 meme in his 1966 book, The Maya.

The Wonders Expedition, founded by Donald J. Claxton of Dallas, says the new edition will expand the potential of the book through the technology of Apple’s iPad, and said that Wednesday’s announcement of the new iPad, will allow them to produce even more and incredible versions.

“Dr. Van Stone is a leader among Mayanists and has been able to decipher what the Maya were sharing in glyphs on their temples and monuments throughout MesoAmerica,” Claxton continued.  “What we’re working with him to produce is a virtual learning, travel and adventure, edutainment experience in your lap where anyone on an iPad can open up his book and interact with it in a way no one could have dreamed possible just a few months ago.”

Claxton said Van Stone’s book will help anyone who is concerned about the wild predictions of end of times coming on Dec. 21, 2012.

“The real Maya are much more interesting than mere prophets of doom.  I wrote this book to help ease concerns about what might happen on the December Solstice 2012 because there is a lot of inaccurate and false information about the subject out there,” said Dr. Van Stone.  “Taking the book into an interactive format means those of all ages will be able to take a closer look at the actual evidence and make informed decisions about what may or may not happen, on their own.”

Wednesday’s release of the new iPad by Apple also means that higher resolution graphics, animations and video will be possible for the 2012 book and others in the works.

“The release of the new iPad will expand the potential of taking scholarly works like Dr. Van Stone’s book on 2012 and adding interactive features to them like video, interactive charts and graphs, and audio so that the book can be used by anyone, anywhere, who has an iPad,” Claxton said.  “We see this as a fun, exciting new way to teach children of all ages about current event topics like 2012, and then to help take them on virtual tours around the world.”

The Wonders Expedition also is working with potential vendors to ensure that interactive books also will become available on other tablets on the market.

Claxton said his organization, made up of writers, editors, graphic artists, and Web designers from around the country, also are working to produce the first interactive tour books of Stonehenge, Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, The Colosseum in Rome, The Great Wall of China and Machu Picchu in Peru.

The Wonders Expedition seeks to have Dr. Van Stone’s book available for inclusion in the iTunes Store in mid-summer of 2012.

Copies of Dr. Van Stone’s books can be found for purchase on his Website, MarkVanStone.com

The Wonders Expedition™

Founded by Dallas public relations veteran, Donald Claxton, The Wonders Expedition™ is designed to explore and unlock the mysteries of the world via virtual and real-life experiences to the most historically significant places on Earth.  Through its Website and interactive books, the organization seeks to transport anyone at any age to historic sites they may never physically visit and give them such a vivid experience, they’ll feel like they were there, and hopefully, be inspired to go back in person.  Because of its focus as an early-adopter of technologies, TWE hopes to encourage students of all ages to study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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