When The Search for WondLa, the start of a fantasy trilogy for kids starring a 12-year-old girl raised by a robot on an alien planet [was published last week, it included] three symbols that link to digital maps of the girl's quest for other humans.This book is not the only enhanced print book.
Readers with a webcam can see 3-D interactive maps of the girl's search. Readers without a webcam but access to the Internet can link to a regular map and a video.
Jessica Watson's True Spirit: The True Story of a 16-Year-Old Australian Who Sailed Solo, Nonstop, and Unassisted Around the World (Atria, $16, paperback original) includes 18 tags or bar codes that let readers with smartphones watch parts of Watson's video diary of her voyage. (Readers without smartphones can find the videos on the Internet.)Lisa Von Drasek, librarian at Bank Street College of Education School for Children in New York, is not so convinced this is a good idea, though. She’s worried about future technical support.
"The book exists for years, but the online element disappears."What do you think? Good idea to keep print books current and selling? Or should print publishers focus on what they do best – print books as they’ve been done for decades?