enhanced ebook

Beneath the Ink: Enhanced eBooks done right?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 14, 2015 // 5 Comments

I’ve been skeptical of enhanced ebooks. When I read a book, especially fiction, I want to immerse myself in the book. I don’t want to be distracted by anything else. Non-fiction is different. There I like links, tables, charts, images and other elements (like video) which can enhance [...]

How about an entire product placement eBook?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
November 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

Something curious showed up on the screen saver of my Kindle this morning. It was a free book, [easyazon-link asin=”B00PD2MQRA” locale=”us”]The Vanishing Game[/easyazon-link], and at the bottom of the ad was the Land Rover logo. Curious, I downloaded and read it while [...]

Guardian interactive e-book video game writing critique misfires

By libertyc
July 13, 2013 // 1 Comment

Britain’s The Guardian has just run another generic anti-tech critique of modern technophilia and the push for interactive storytelling, this time from columnist Damien Walter. He takes issue with the predictions that “traditional fiction will be superannuated by new technology,” [...]

Check out the Boston Globe's amazing 68 Blocks e-project

By Dan Eldridge
March 4, 2013 // 3 Comments

For roughly the past year, a number of Boston Globe reporters have been working on a fairly groundbreaking interactive journalism project known collectively as the 68 Blocks series. The project was designed to “document life in [Bowdoin-Geneva], Boston’s most troubled neighborhood, over [...]

Jumsoft releases five new iBooks Author templates

By Kirk Hiner
February 17, 2013 // 2 Comments

Two weeks after Apple unveiled its iBooks Author program for designing interactive e-books, template king Jumsoft was there with its first set of iBooks Author templates, dubbed Book Palette. Jumsoft has now expanded that collection to 25 with the announcement of five new designs that offer “ [...]

Inkling Habitat's media-rich e-book platform is now free for all

By Dan Eldridge
February 12, 2013 // 1 Comment

The news, released today, that the San Francisco-based Inkling has decided to give away for free its “collaborative digital publishing environment” known as Inkling Habitat was probably the e-publishing community’s most eyebrow-raising story of the week thus far. As Laura Hazard [...]

Flipick To Allow ePub3 from Adobe InDesign

By libertyc
February 7, 2013 // 7 Comments

E-book formatting is a challenge, as I’ve written about in previous posts. Later this month, Flipick is launching a tool that might make it easier. From their press release: Flipick is a new online service that allows book publishers and design shops to produce their own ePub3 compatible [...]

The problem with enhanced e-books

By libertyc
February 2, 2012 // 7 Comments

On Salon.com, Laura Miller takes a look at the current crop of interactive, “enhanced” books and discusses some of their major shortcomings. The problem with these books, she points out, is that the interactive “bells and whistles” can distract from the actual storytelling: I sat down with [...]

Melville House embraces QR codes to connect digital to print

By Chris Walters
August 5, 2011 // 0 Comments

Brooklyn based Melville House Publishing has launched a new program, HybridBooks, that lets a customer scan a QR code printed on the back of a book to access supplemental material in digital format. Here’s a sample of the related content, which it calls “illuminations,” for the [...]

Apple explains how to sync narration tracks in EPUB files for iBookstore

By Chris Walters
August 4, 2011 // 1 Comment

Back in June, Apple introduced a new iBook feature it calls Read Aloud, which is similar to Nook’s Read to Me feature in that it provides a human voice narration that syncs to the onscreen text. In both commercial cases, the feature is meant primarily for children’s books. Now Apple has [...]

Digital textbook company Inkling announces more investors

By Chris Walters
August 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

Inkling, which develops digital textbooks for the iPad, has been around for a couple of years now, but this year its been steadily building up steam (or at least cash) as it prepares to dramatically expand its offerings this fall. Earlier this year it secured funding from Pearson and McGraw-Hill, [...]

Wolfram launches Computable Document Format (CDF) to create interactive documents

By Chris Walters
July 21, 2011 // 1 Comment

Today Wolfram launched CDF, a new document format that incorporates interactive charts, infographics, tables, and anything else that you can produce in the company’s own Mathematica (or that you can import as MathML expressions from Excel and Word). Conrad Wolfram writes, “The idea is [...]

Integrating footnotes and endnotes in digital texts

By Chris Walters
July 15, 2011 // 2 Comments

A New Kind of Book has posted a couple of examples of how ebooks might add supplemental content like footnotes without interrupting the reading flow. If you’ve experienced footnotes or endnotes on the average modern ebook (at least on the major retailers’ platforms), you’ve [...]

At Cathedral Rock Publishing, every ebook is a potential storefront

By Chris Walters
July 10, 2011 // 6 Comments

If you think spam on the Kindle or Nook store is annoying, how would you feel if authors started producing “ebooks” that were loaded with affiliate marketing links and direct sales pitches? Oh right, that’s called the Web. But Cathedral Rock Publishing wants to bring that wearying [...]

Video games can be another form of e-story for novelists and journalists

By libertyc
November 18, 2010 // 2 Comments

E-books are not the only electronic medium attracting writers. The New York Observer has an article about journalists and novelists migrating to the video game field. Not that authors working in other media is necessarily new; prose writers have dabbled in theatre, movies, and television for as [...]

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