enhanced e-books

Beneath the Ink enhances e-books without the need of a new app

By Susan Lulgjuraj
January 16, 2014 // 4 Comments

NEW YORK –Beneath the Ink had something to celebrate on Tuesday night. The start-up won a Digital Book Award for E-book Fixed Format/Enhanced – Adult Fiction for Emma Boling’s book “Mistress of France.” Beneath the Ink is a service for e-book enhancements including video, picture, [...]

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 “ [...]

A digital pop-up book that can only be read with a webcam

By Dan Eldridge
February 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

Last week, we wrote about an interesting augmented reality app that was developed with the intention of making a Japanese newspaper, the Tokyo Shimbun, more appealing to children. With the app installed on a smartphone, a child can hold her phone above certain articles, and then watch the [...]

The Future of TRULY Interactive Ebooks, by Mary Cummings

By Paul Biba
June 25, 2012 // 6 Comments

[Editor’s Note:  Mary Cummings is editorial director of Diversion Publishing.  We wrote about their interactive ebook here.] Enhanced e-books aren’t new and neither are interactive e-books. But one thing that you don’t see too much of is interactive e-books that operate as true [...]

Print, e-books more engaging than enhanced e-books, study says

By libertyc
May 30, 2012 // 0 Comments

Digital Book World reports on an interesting study of interactions between 32 parent-child pairs when reading print books with either e-books or “enhanced” books. The preliminary results (PDF) have just been released, and suggest that children are less engaged and retain fewer details about [...]

Handel's Messiah – draft score enhanced ebook

By Paul Biba
February 9, 2012 // 1 Comment

From the description on the British App Store: The draft score of Handel’s oratorio “Messiah” is one of the greatest musical treasures in the British Library.  Handel established and developed the English oratorio as a musical genre, and “Messiah” is its best known [...]

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 [...]

Scholastic forms new digital/print imprint with Ruckus Media

By libertyc
September 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

From the Publishers Weekly: Children’s digital developer Ruckus Media is joining with Scholastic to create the Scholastic Ruckus imprint, a joint venture that will publish a wide range of children’s and teen content across all platforms, from interactive content and transmedia projects [...]

Print publisher Nicholas Callaway sees apps as the future of publishing

By libertyc
April 3, 2011 // 5 Comments

Reuters is carrying a story on publisher Nicholas Callaway, who has been publishing beautiful coffee-table books since 1980, has recently decided that books that used to belong on the coffee table will work better as interactive apps on a tablet. Whereas it used to be that huge pages with detailed [...]

The rise of the enhanced e-book

By libertyc
October 20, 2010 // 4 Comments

On FutureEBooks, Sam Missingham has posted a brief article by Neil Ayres, Web Director for Creative Review magazine and author/producer of the The New Goodbye appbook that I covered here. Ayres talks about a new effort by Quark, maker of desktop publishing app Quark Xpress, to create an extension [...]

Quick Notes: London Book Fair, Prizmo, Overdrive audiobooks, Barnes & Noble + Salon, Apple

By libertyc
April 21, 2010 // 2 Comments

TheBookseller.com has a piece from the London Book Fair looking at opposition to the idea of “enhanced” e-books. Karolina Sutton, senior agent at Curtis Brown, expresses concern that only “superbooks” will get the expensive enhanced treatment, leaving midlist authors out in the cold. She is [...]

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