eBook Projects to Help the Oppressed

Larry Colero will be pitching a discussion that asks,

Harriett Beecher Stowe’s illustrated novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin was the #1 best-seller of the 19th century (after the Bible). It achieved a tipping point for the Abolitionists and it re-defined Lincoln’s Civil War.

The book caused a radical change in attitudes towards slavery by appealing to people’s conscience in a way that decades of appeal to their minds could not – through the use of compelling fiction. Using her imagination, the author made a political argument come alive for the American people through an entertaining story that includes empathy, suspense, inspiration and other literary techniques. So,…

a) Can we learn from the Uncle Tom’s Cabin model about how to move hearts as well as minds towards appreciating the need for greater equity in our communities?

b) How might we use the ubiquity of interactive e-book technology to tell engaging, uplifting stories about fictional characters who reflect real people in our communities?

Later thoughts:

1. I’m not sure the story would have to be fiction

2. Expected roles on an e-book project team, although it could all be done by one person:

– Author (may be a separate author for fiction/non-fiction) and maybe a Researcher as well
– Illustrator if required
– Publisher – to manage technology for layout, web design and publishing with Amazon, Apple, Google, B&N, etc.
– Marketing

Expected cost per e-book – from less than $100 to $10,000

You can reach him at larry[at]colero.net to discuss or connect with him at Changecamp 2014.



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