New Releases in the Digital Book World, 6/10/11

Every day, news about exciting and innovative digital releases come across the virtual news desk here at Digital Book World, and every few weeks, we’d like to take some time to just point out a few titles that are making waves in the digital publishing space.

So here are some quick links to projects released in the past few weeks that have caught my attention.

Comic / Graphic Novel

Tron: Legacy graphic novelTron: Legacy graphic novel
For the Web
By Disney Publishing Worldwide and Vectorform

From an article by Fast Company:

In Disney’s Tron graphic novel, users experience interactive, visual storytelling. No longer do the comic strips sit static–they’re now dynamic and optimized for a digital screen. Backgrounds and panels zoom and slide and dissolve, playing with perspective. Colors glow. Characters and action scenes are animated, bringing the comics to life.

“We were blown away by the potential of this technology for the graphic novel,” says Disney creative director Nashie Castro. “We added a new level to the graphic novel, and took from the core storytelling experience–it wasn’t something that we just chopped up and put back together.”

Poetry / Literature

The WastelandT.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland
For the iPad
By Faber & Faber and Touch Press

From the product description:

The Waste Land is now available worldwide to download from the Apple iTunes App Store, vividly showcasing the iPad’s capabilities as a platform for literature.

This new digital edition of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land brings alive the most revolutionary poem of the last hundred years, illuminated by a wealth of interactive features. The title’s groundbreaking design carefully respects the typography and integrity of the original poem, yet offers spectacular new ways to explore The Waste Land’s significance and influence. The project aims to extend the reach of Eliot’s greatest work, bringing a new depth of understanding and sensitivity to poetry in the digital space.

Henry Volans, Head of Faber Digital, comments: “No writer is more closely associated with Faber than T. S. Eliot and it is a privilege to work on any new edition of The Waste Land. We are delighted to partner with Touch Press for this marriage of literature and technology. The iPad edition of The Waste Land is a flagship project in Faber’s mission to re-imagine poetry for the digital age.”

General Non-Fiction

Target: Bin Laden – The Death and Life of Public Enemy Number OneTarget: Bin Laden – The Death and Life of Public Enemy Number One
For the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks
By ABC News and Vook

From the product description:

Target Bin Laden: The Death and Life of Public Enemy Number One, by a powerhouse team at ABC News, features the very best of ABC News’ coverage of the terrorist mastermind, bringing readers in to the early days of bin Laden and al Qaeda, September 11, 2001, the war in Afghanistan, and the massive manhunt for Osama bin Laden. This special video enhanced eBook features a heart-stopping account of the 40 minutes that changed the world, delving into how an elite Navy Seals team — and one warrior dog — took down bin Laden in his compound. Target: Bin Laden also features a gripping account of the white-knuckle moments inside the White House Situation Room as President Obama and his security team watched the operation from Washington, and sheds light on the mother lode of intelligence found in bin Laden’s lair. This groundbreaking ABC Video Book is packed with original reporting exclusives: ABC News footage from inside bin Laden’s compound, excerpts from an exclusive ABC last-of-its kind interview with bin Laden, first person accounts, and gripping photos and video. Target: Bin Laden provides the details and reporting only ABC News can deliver. ABC Video Books: turning the page on storytelling.

Anthony Beevor's D-Day AmplifiedAnthony Beevor’s D-Day Amplified (Enhanced Edition)
For the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks
By Penguin

From the product description on iTunes:

Chosen by Time as one of the top 10 nonfiction books of the year.

Antony Beevor—the man who “single-handedly transformed the reputation of military history” (The Guardian, U.K.)—presents the first major account of the Normandy invasion and the liberation of Paris in more than twenty years. D-Day: The Battle for Normandy is the first book to describe not only the experiences of the American, British, Canadian, and German soldiers but also the terrible suffering of the French civilians caught up in the fighting. Beevor draws upon research from more than thirty archives in six countries, going back to original accounts and interviews conducted by combat historians just after the action. The result is the consummate account of the invasion and the ferocious offensive that led to Paris’s liberation.

Enhanced with rare film and newsreel footage from the NBC News Archive the D-Day: The Battle for Normandy Amplified eBook will put you on the beach for the Normandy landings, in the air for Allied bombing runs and will give you a front-row seat for the liberation of Paris.

David Eagleman's Incognito: The Secret Lives of the BrainDavid Eagleman’s Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain (Enhanced Edition)
For the Kindle, Nook, and iBooks
By Pantheon

From the product description on iTunes:

The enhanced eBook of David Eagleman’s INCOGNITO includes the full text of the book plus 8 videos* in which the author discusses key elements of the book and his research. Topics covered include: How much of the inner-workings of the brain is beyond our conscious control; How reality can be so different inside different people’s heads; Time perception; Synesthesia; Neuroscience and the legal system; What research is currently going on in Eagleman’s lab; And what drew Eagleman to studying how the brain works.

If the conscious mind—the part you consider to be you—is just the tip of the iceberg, what is the rest doing?


Cool Cities New YorkCool City Travel Apps series (New York, Berlin, London, Paris, Rome)
For iOs devices
By teNeues

From the description for Cool Cities New York:

The COOL Cities series by teNeues is a completely new generation of mobile city guides, presenting city information in four freely selectable languages, including audio-guides. Loaded with brilliant pictures and continually updated features, they offer exclusive traveling tips for the world’s metropolises, hand-picked by an editorial team.

Overview of COOL Cities App Features:

  • Around Me GPS locator
  • City information including the most important addresses, links and phone numbers
  • Explore by district or by category
  • Visual tours for each city
  • Extended picture gallery for all locations
  • Direct links to all locations
  • Create your own cool tour with your favorites
  • Audio guide
  • Frequent updates

With lots of atmospheric pictures and insider recommendations, the COOL New York app is more than just a great tool for visitors. Even locals will find it truly inspiring.

Religious / Spiritual

The Deseret BookshelfThe Deseret Bookshelf
A bookstore app for iOS devices
By Deseret Book

From an article in The Mormon Times:

The app is available through the Apple App Store and includes more than 1,500 e-books, including Deseret Book-published titles along with several out-of-print titles. The app features a full-text search of a person’s e-book library, the ability to link directly to the scriptures, and bookmarking, according to the news release.

The app is free, and eight books plus the scriptures are included in the initial download. The books include “Jesus the Christ,” “Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith,” “Discourses of Brigham Young,” “The Miracle of Forgiveness,” “Gospel Doctrine” and the scriptures…..

This is just a taste of some of the great things being created out there in the digital book world, but we’re sure there’s more. What new releases did we miss? What are your must-see ebooks, enhanced ebooks, and apps? Tell us in the comments below.


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