Wednesday, August 25, 2010

More eBook News

Publishers Weekly had an article on a Dallas-based company called enkHouse. David Marlett, who formed enkHouse, has put together partnerships to develop enhance e-books and apps.
Marlett has been talking to a number of major film studios about using their material as the basis for enhanced e-books. "It will be a bit of reverse engineering," Marlett said, explaining that enkHouse will build enhanced e-books from the video, soundtrack, and scripts created for movies. What will tie all the projects together is storytelling, he said.
Marlett, in some cases, is bypassing the print book. He has a stable of writers and graphic artists who “take an idea—a film script, an ancient text like the Kama Sutra (of which enkHouse has an enhanced e-book version in the works), or movie and turn it into an enhanced e-book.”

According to Marlett, he knows what he’s doing is beyond regular books, even though it is story telling. He feels we’re now going through a redefinition of what a book is. What he’s creating is not reading a book, yet it’s not watching a TV.

What do you think it should be called?

26 comments:

  1. Sort of like an interactive graphic novel?

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  2. Yeah..what Alex said. It sounds almost like a story book. Depends how many elements (other than text) they go for.

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  3. I'd like to hear or see more. Will it be heavy on the side of the written word or the side of video?

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  4. What Alex said...I really couldn't guess. I do think that we'll see other kinds of combos in the future though as electronic devices continue to grow and adapt to changing needs.
    I look at my grandkids' schools and the way they operate now and my head spins. It's such a different experience.

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  5. I don’t have that good of an imagination to come up with a name, but from the description, I’m not sure that the word ‘book’ should be included in the title.

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  6. I don’t have that good of an imagination to come up with a name, but from the description, I’m not sure that the word ‘book’ should be included in the title.

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  7. I can only think of Revolutionary Reading ;0

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  8. Helen! this is the basis for the novel by Neal Stephenson called The Diamond Age - a Victorian girl's primer. I can't rave enough about this book and it was written
    in 1996- here is the blurb:
    In Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson took science fiction to dazzling new levels. Now, in The Diamond Age, he delivers another stunning tale. Set in twenty-first century Shanghai, it is the story of what happens when a state-of-the-art interactive device falls into the hands of a street urchin named Nell. Her life-and the entire future of humanity-is about to be decoded and reprogrammed....

    This is one of my all time favourite books - all his books are amazing and prophetic but this one really makes you imagine the possibilities both good and bad from technology! Jan Morrison

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  9. Honestly, sometimes I think I am living in Star Trek. I don't know what to call it...Hallographic Reading???

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  10. I am intrigued by Jan's suggestion for reading...and this idea. I don't have a problem with this idea--as so many people buy the book versions of their favorite movies.

    Called? I would said i-book for "interactive," but the "i" is already taken. How about enkBook--for the creator (so to speak) and for the idea that it's not a traditional book or printing form.

    Great info, Helen.

    Michele
    Emily Dickinson biographer on SouthernCityMysteries

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  11. Jan, wow! I want to read that book. How prophetic.

    Ooh, Liza, you have hit on the next thing. Books where you enter as a character! That is probably not that far off. It's sort of what you do when you play a video game.

    Good idea, Michele. I might have said Video Book, but I think that's what Vook stands for (not positive, though).

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  12. This what *they* were talking about with the term multimedia. I really don't think it's much different than some of the animated stories that we see, especially from the Japanese. Sometimes there are interactive games attached.

    Perhaps it won't be quite as fluid as animation, but *comics* even manga seem to be moving in that direction.

    Be interesting to see one he's produced.

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  13. I'd call it an "E-storytell". or maybe a "Storytellee".

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  14. How about a TOOK (TelevisionBook)?
    Judy

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  15. Fascinating! The industry is coming up with so many technological advances that it's hard to keep up with them. I can only think of "e-stories", but I'm sure the company will think of something more appealing.

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  16. I like what Glynis called it "Revolutionary Reading" but hardly think that will work for a title. Whatever they call it, it sounds fascinating. The big question I have is will people have to buy yet another device on which to read or view the product?

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  17. Good content is the most important, ot I will stay with my Russian classics, no matter what kind of fancy wrapping they invent >:)

    Cold As Heaven

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  18. There's an idea, Judy.

    I's a strange, evolving world we live in.

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  19. The iPad store calls them "Vooks" for video books, I guess. I have the Sherlock Holmes one. it's interesting and absorbing, but when I'm into a story, i really don't want to be distracted with pictures, videos or links that take me out of the story.

    I don't care for the term, "Vook." It sounds like some weird hybrid.

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  20. I'm terrible at coming up with names for things - mine all tend to be cheesy so I'm not going to share :) It'll be interesting!

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  21. I agree with you, Mark, but I also feel that the generation coming behind me (make that generations) will probably adapt easily to the vooks or whatever they become known as. I think these new "books" will include more than just videos, so who knows what they'll end up being called.

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  22. Since I'm in the mood to be a joker I will volunteer a few.

    e-Fun will e-Read to e-illuminate your e-balls and so your e-toddler will learn to e-dance.

    And that folks is why I don't have a job in the e-business.

    Nancy
    N. R. Williams, fantasy author

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  23. These kind of books could be right up your alley, Nancy. Your characters may someday enter into e-books and live the character. Or perhaps that would be sci-fi.

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  24. Definitely ___book. I want to keep the word book in these new words/applications/formats, even if the way book is defined changes!

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  25. Love the idea. How about Blook?

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  26. Elizabeth, I agree. Let's keep the book in these.

    That's a cute idea, Sue, a combination of book and look.

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