But finally, there may be a coming justification for the higher priced e-books. And it's possible that these books could be created by both independently and legacy published authors. That "thing" is e-book apps. At the moment, most of these books are coming from big publishers, but there are savvy independent authors who could create apps for their e-books.
Here are some examples of apps in books:
Atlas Shrugged includes "actual manuscript pages, the ability to share quotes on social media, and audio clips of Ayn Rand on various topics."Some may think that only a big publisher could afford to include apps in a book, but I think there are people out there who could create possible apps at a rate independent authors could possibly afford.
The Gift is " not only narrated, but the reader has to interact with various parts of the book to move the story forward."
Then there's the book Chopsticks: "As you turn the pages, you aren’t confronted with a traditional narrative, but rather interact with different pieces of the lives of Glory, a teen piano player, and the boy who moves in next door. The story’s told through newspaper clippings, pictures, songs, and more."
What would you think of a game or music or videos in your e-book? Would it enhance your book enough to make the price for the book worth the extras?