Rich Media eBook: Your First Print
Author: David Bull
Available: The book is available for immediate downloading. When you place an order from this page, the download link will be automagically sent to you a few seconds after completing the transaction. A couple of minutes later, the book will be on your desktop. (A link for a free sample download is provided further down this page.)
Rich Media: The eBook contains approximately 60 'pages' (each one actually a wide-screen 'spread'), as well as many photos in high-resolution format. In addition to the standard text+illustration material, it also contains numerous audio and video clips showing every important stage of the printmaking process.
From David's introduction: "In recent years, there has been an explosion in the amount of material available to the person who wants to learn about Japanese woodblock printmaking. Both on the internet and in printed books, the beginner has access to so much information that it can be difficult to know where to start. That is where this book comes in. Remembering back to the days when I was first exploring this craft, I have created the book that I desperately wanted back then, but which didn't exist - a book that included everything that I needed to know. I have tried to create a highly practical and focussed guidebook that will take you - step by step - completely through the process of creating your first print, answering (hopefully) all the questions you will ask along the way."
System Requirements: Integrating Rich Media into a pdf file is a relatively new technology; you must have Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 9 or better) to be able to access the audio and video components of the book, as well as an internet connection (the Rich Media streams on demand, as you browse the book.) The Acrobat Reader is free software, and can be downloaded from the Adobe website here. More information on this Mokuhankan RichMedia eBook - the format, how to use it, and other relevant details, can be found on this page.
Note: this book was created in the pre-tablet era, and was built using Adobe's technology in order that it would be useable on both Mac and Win systems. Because of this, it will not function (completely) on the iPad, which uses no Flash. The text and images will be viewable, but none of the multi-media (audio and video) will play on the iPad.
Support Forum: As mentioned above, I have created a forum where owners of this eBook can access additional information, ask questions, and share their experiences of woodblock printmaking as outlined in the book. Given enough 'community' participation as time goes by, it is hoped that this will grow into an excellent resource which will greatly expand the usefullness of this book. The forum is already 'up and running', and can be found here. (The right to post there is reserved for owners of the eBook - who will be registered there upon request - but anybody may freely access the information.)
Sample Download: A sample containing 24 pages from the book (including a number of audio and video clips) can be downloaded by clicking here. It is a 7.5Mb 'zip' archive file, which should easily open in your computer (Mac or Win) to reveal the enclosed pdf file, along with a READ ME file. (Nothing else is included in each download, just these two files.) Please give it a try!
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