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The End Of The World Is Coming. Lets Study Some Art.

In a world where everything seems to be going to hell in a hand basket, and science is predicting the end of life in the next great mass extinction, it’s nice to know that there is art in the world. The world might be coming to an end at some point in the future, but you still have a chance to educate yourself about art thanks to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum loading 205 free art history books to the Internet Archive, all of which are available as PDF’s or ePub books.  Yes now as you contemplate the end of the world and hone your apocalypse survival skills you can bone up on the finer things and learn about Max Ernst, The Italian Metamorphosis, French Art in the 1970’s, Joseph Cornell, Francis Bacon, Pop Art in the 60’s and so much more.

Yes now as you contemplate the end of the world and hone your apocalypse survival skills you can bone up on the finer things and learn about Max Ernst, The Italian Metamorphosis, French Art in the 1970’s, Joseph Cornell, Francis Bacon, Pop Art in the 60’s and so much more.  Just be sure and pick up a solar powered charger for your phone or tablet so you can keep reading them after the power grid fails.

For the last 5 years, theGuggenheim has been digitizing its exhibition catalogs and art books, placing the results online. So if you want to study some art history this is the right place.  The collection also includes catalogs of retrospective exhibitions on masters like Paul Klee, Robert Rauschenberg, and Mark Rothko. Or you can explore older art with Chinese art in the 20th centurycraftsmen of ancient Perusculpture and works on paper or  Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection: From Picasso to Pollock. What better way to spend your time when you aren’t trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world.

Remember it is the arts and culture that separate us from the animals. Well that and opposable thumbs, larger brain capacity, the ability to create advanced tools, and a few other things.

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DeckPub, ePublishing Made Easy.

I’m on a big ePub, integrated publishing kick the last couple of days. I think it is because I am trying to get a couple of personal projects finished and published in both book, and ePub form. In the process of trying to figure out the ePublishing extensions for Adobe InDesign, I came across a pretty cool website that does what I need to do in just a few quick steps.

DeckPub is a template driven ePublishing system that lives on the web and produces some really wonderful results. It’s fast, and easy to use, and while it might not be as robust as a native iPad app it produces solid useable results. In addition to publishing, DeckPub offers statistics and analytics to track traffic, page views, linger time, and click through rates.

DeckPub is still in beta but it shows promise, and looks like it would be a perfect fit for light ePublishing, especially for things like slide decks, product presentations, look books etc.