It must be a linear narrative … not linear of 'time' and or 'place', but linear of 'thesis'.
These products are not an interactive construct like the Web … where a user can pick and choose what to consume in a whim. It is a product where the reader should start at Page One and move sequentially through the pages to the end. (The web has taken over the category of 'reference' books through its real-time interactive nature.)
Take2 books are 'traditional' narratives that will also illuminate wonderful writings, (their authors and sites), that at the moment are not getting anywhere near the attention they deserve.
The editor will develop the central thesis and produce a detailed outline to establish the contention … then search for a multiplicity of articles that articulate the key points for the appropriate chapters.
It should be noted and clear that no one contributor will make up more than 10% of a publication to ensure the works maintain a mosaic of 'style', ideas' and 'execution' ... while the editor ensures there's a thoughtful and entertaining narrative throughout.
It will be the editor's original text that will provide the 'connective tissue'1 for the thesis and will also provide a contextual framework for each contributed article.
Each article will include its authors byline, short biography, the original place and date of its initial publication … and a further brief paragraph giving added contextual comment in a 'box' we call 'Frame Of Reference'. A link to the online article will also be included as we will encourage readers to join the 'comments' sections of the articles. (Obviously those links will only be usable by those eBook devices that are able to connect on-line, but the links will be included in any case.)
The editor will provide 15% - 25% of the content … and each of the books will aim to be around 300K - 500K words ...
Contents of the Guides
A link to the online article is also included as we encourage readers to read and perhaps join in the 'comments' sections of the articles. (Obviously those links will only be usable by those eBook devices able to connect on-line.) We also include a quantitative guide to those ‘comments’ sections for each article, but please note that even where there are no comments … or no ability to leave comments … this is not a reflection of the quality or content of the article.
Where applicable, we have incorporated the author’s qualitative ratings with the articles, standardizing and translating those multiple rating systems into one simple scale … from 0 – 100.
We have ‘copy-edited’ the articles into our standard ‘style-guide’ for reasons of ‘style continuity … and have also tried to find a balance between ‘acceptable’ grammar and the author’s grammatical style.
One of the results of Take2’s endeavors to compile, collect and collate … ended up being the creation of a repository to keep for posterity many of those priceless writings that could disappear forever at the whim of a ‘host’. In fact, even when compiling the initial books some sites have gone ‘dark’ leaving us no link to connect to … and many more will go down in the future. But at Take2, the content will survive … and hopefully thrive.
So, grab a publication … and please don’t hesitate to get back to us with your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org (placing the title of the book in the ‘subject’ line). We will respond :-)