You knew it was coming. As soon as the iPad launched, with its bigger screen and the ability to have color, show videos and other whizbang stuff, you could have guessed that authors had better get prepared to do more than just write the perfect book. Now, readers, when they buy an e-book, will look for “books” that offer more than just the words.
David Baldacci's latest book Deliver Us From Evil will be released in many forms, including an “enriched” electronic version. That version will include enhancements like “an alternate ending to the story, deleted passages, an audio interview, video of Baldacci at work, and research photos taken by the author.” It’s designed for those e-book platforms, like the iPad, that handle video and color. Of course, there will be other versions for those platforms that can’t do video and color.
And he’s not the only author jumping on this padded wagon. According to an article in Publishers Lunch, Hachette Book Group, Baldacci’s publisher, is working with many of their biggest authors, including “Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, Michael Connelly, Brad Meltzer and others.” They may be starting with their big name authors, but the others are also getting in on the regular e-book rage: “…the company has digitized and made available as ebooks 90 percent of the books on their list that lend themselves to current electronic formats.”
I can see the possibility of interactive games or puzzles to go with children’s books. Or group discussions on teen or adult books. So many possibilities. On the other hand, Hachette Book Group also published Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. I don’t think I’d want to see that video in the middle of the book.
Of course, if you don’t want to be published in e-format, Hachett Book Group says you don’t have to be: “…some of our authors do not want to appear in this format, and that's absolutely their prerogative.”
What about you? Have you already jumped on the e-book train? Are you ready to upgrade your ticket to the car with videos, photos and other enhancements?
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