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Sunday, 28th March 2010

Even More Enhanced eBooks After iPad Hits the Streets

Our libraries going to be (or are they already) acquiring enhanced eBooks? With all of the additional content and media they offer, how will they be catalogued? Will each additional feature, speaker, etc. be an access point?

From an Article in The Independent:

On March 16, Hachette Book Group announced that it would release an "enriched e-book version" of thriller writer David Baldacci's Deliver Us From Evil, due out April 20. The Writer's Cut E-Book will include an audio Q&A, a video of the author's office, photos of the creative process, and discarded scenes and title.

Hachette told AOL's DailyFinance about plans for more enhanced apps, including a synchronized text/audio edition of Michael Connelly's crime novel Echo Park and a stand-alone app of David Foster Wallace's thousand-page novel Infinite Jest that would allow readers to easily jump between the novel's text and its numerous footnotes.

The company Enhanced Editions is behind many of the enhanced apps making their way onto the market, among them a version of Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall released on March 9. That app contains the full text of Mantel's novel as well as a 30-minute video discussion between Mantel and historian David Starkey, a cast of characters and Tudor family trees, an essay by Mantel, and a regularly updated news feed.

An app for the young adult series Vampire Academy from Penguin allows for live chat between readers and a Paris travel guide that switches to a GPS street view when placed flat on a table.

Skeptics of enhanced e-books question whether readers are willing to pay slightly more - Baldacci's enhanced app will go for $15.99 whereas the regular e-book will start at $14.99 and then go down to $12.99 - for what are sometimes simply marketing materials.

Source: The Independent

See Also: The Digitizers: An interview with Peter Collingridge of Enhanced Editions by Kat Meyer (via TeleRead)

Source: The Independent (UK)


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