4·1·2 Books

4·1·2 Books publishes the work of Print & Digital Editing students at Miami University. To date, we’ve released eight student-produced ebooks that span seven years and include the contributions of more than 150 student writers.

Fall 2021

20 Happy Hits

Edited by Elizabeth Brueggemann, Caroline Cruise, Nathan Gillin, and E.A. Laslo

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Welcome to 20 Happy Hits, a collection of 20 artists’ takes on happiness. From Reflections to Subversions, the playlists herein capture the many ways we think about (and experience) happiness. Our writers march to their own beats, sharing practical advice, personal stories, and even philosophical musings on happiness. Our authors accompany each chapter with their “recommended listening” (i.e. a song that brings each author joy). Feel free to grab your headphones and listen along as you read. Or add these songs to your own queue and play them on shuffle.

Written in Fall 2021.

Download 20 Happy Hits in PDF format (30 MB).

Other books produced in Fall 2021 include Everyday Happiness for Dummies, Rollercoaster of Life, The Search for Happiness, and Through the Film Strip

Spring 2021

How to Survive a Pandemic

Edited by Hannah Clarke, Marie Duke, Molly McNamara, and Mady Wilson

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This survival guide is one we never thought we would need. There was no playbook for us. We had to sit around and wait; wait for the CDC to tell us to wear masks and socially distance, wait for restaurants to open back up, wait for a vaccine, wait for a normal semester of college. There was a lot of waiting and a lot of navigating the unknown. Because life is unpredictable, and modern is never truly modern enough, we have created a guide we wish we had on how to survive a pandemic in 19 cities, written through the eyes and opinions of college students. Within this guide you will learn how to survive grief, boredom, loneliness, isolation, holidays, celebrations, families, and more. In short, you’ll learn How to Survive a Pandemic.

Written in Spring 2021.

Download How to Survive a Pandemic in PDF format (4 MB).

Other books produced in Spring 2021 include When the Pandemic’s Over - Judge’s Honorable Mention Winner, The Western, Generation Zoom, and On The Bright Side

Fall 2019

Musings on Music and Sound

Edited by Erin Adelman, Aja McFarland, and Grace Nehls

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Welcome to our Musings on Music and Sound: A collection. From the urban sounds of a local coffee shop to the punk stylings of two different Japanese bands to the Silence of any sound at all, each piece sheds a new light on sound both familiar and new. This gallery is also an exercise in visualization, with the music and writings taking form in your mind’s eye and adding a different dimension to the normal listening experience. We find that these works promote an introspection into one’s self, which in turn creates growth—not just in one’s musical tastes, but in their writing processes as well. Whatever your choice, we hope that you find something new among the collection, something new among the music, and, most importantly, something new in yourself.

Written in Fall 2019.

Download Musings on Music and Sound in PDF format (15 MB).

Other books produced in Fall 2019 include A Writer’s Radio Workday, Moved By the Music, and Sound Town

Spring 2019

College is a Lot on Your Plate: Recipes for Success

Edited by Adina Ahlstrom, Alexandra Contestable, Amanda Parel, and Leah Kuntz

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College is a Lot on Your Plate: Recipes for Success is a collection of essays by Miami University students describing their college experiences and learned lessons with the most important of central themes: food. Each essay is a treat for you to relish and enjoy, and if we’ve done our jobs correctly, learn. You can pick and choose from our menu, finding which meal best helps with your own questions about college.

Written in Spring 2019.

Download College is a Lot on Your Plate: Recipes for Success in PDF format (4 MB).

Other books produced in Spring 2019 include Nine Things to Do Before You Graduate, A Word of Advice, and A Campus Tour

Fall 2018

Out of This World: A Writer's Guide to Technology

Edited by Ruowei Deng, Delaney Heisterkamp, Tobias Paul, Matthew Rubenstein, & Lynn Vormbrock

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Follow Zip Byzoid, an intergalactic explorer who has traveled far and wide on the hunt for new writing technologies. Zip has compiled his findings in this log, and he invites you to join a journey across planets, nebulae, moons and more. The software covered includes 750 Words, Scrivener, Ulysses, Bear, Agenda, and more.

Written in Fall 2018.

Download Out of This World: A Writer's Guide to Technology in PDF format (12 MB).

Fall 2017

The Writers Brew: An Unfiltered Guide to the Best Writing Spaces

Edited by Chase Bailey, Haley Jena, Claire Podges, & Rebecca Sowell

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This book tells stories of the places that writers feel most comfortable, productive, or inspired to write. The writing spaces span the world as well as the imagination. From the bank of the Seine in Paris to the front porch of your college house all the way to the critical last minute of a deadline, The Writer’s Brew encompasses the writer’s strange, albeit effective, tactics for producing a piece of writing. The authors of this anthology have also provided a complimentary drink they believe to characterize the space of their choice. Whether you find inspiration finishing a line at the bottom of the page or seeing an image in your tea leaves at the bottom of a mug, we hope this anthology offers you creative suggestions of the importance of space (both new and old) when it comes to writing.

Written in Fall 2017.

Download The Writers Brew: An Unfiltered Guide to the Best Writing Spaces in EPUB format (25 MB).

Fall 2017

Come Write Here: Eddi's Exposition Expedition

Edited by Olivia Bauer, Paige Bremner, Aubrey Klosterman, Clara Milligan, and Jessi Wright

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Join a young writer named Eddi who travels from place to place and learns about the joys of writing. From oceanside to cafe to abstract destinations, Eddi's journey details where and how writers find inspiration. This book offers a narrative of discovery and growth and contains lessons for all writers—new and experienced, young and old.

Written in Fall 2017.

Download Come Write Here: Eddi's Exposition Expedition in PDF format (11 MB).

Fall 2016

Tour de Oxford

Edited by Lauren Bauman, Jessica Gonsiewski, Alex Mashny, & Abi Mechley

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Welcome to Oxford, Ohio. Although it’s not as famous as its England counterpart, the city has a lot to offer, including a prestigious university and a range of delicious eateries. With this ebook, we hope to provide an overview of Oxford, so that, whether you’ve visited it before or not, you can have a better idea of what this place has to offer.

Written in Fall 2016.

Download Tour de Oxford in PDF format (13 MB).

Fall 2014

The Beast: A Handy Field Guide for the Adventurous Writer

Edited by Maggie Ark, Alicia Auhagen, Alexis Glowka, Kathleen Harris, & Lauren Kraus

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This guide was assembled to help writers like you gather the tools you’ll need to hold your own against the seemingly indomitable foe that plagues even the most experienced among us: the writing process itself. Whether you’re a seasoned writing veteran or a plucky first-timer, this field guide contains the basic information that every writer needs when approaching these applications on their home turf. You’ll learn how they’ve adapted to survive, what vulnerabilities they must make up for, and how they can best aid you as a prospective user.

Written in Fall 2014.

Download The Beast: A Handy Field Guide for the Adventurous Writer in EPUB format (21 MB).