Most successful authors in the digital era are doing more or less what authors have been doing forever: writing great stories that work well as linear narratives or what we often call immersive reading.
But gadgets like iPads and the latest ebook development technology allows for a lot more within the confines of a “book.” And most authors, whether they’re working with a publisher, more than one, self-publishing or some combination of those things, don’t have a great handle on what enhancements are available to them as storytellers and how they might use them to create more compelling work.
For at least one author, the most innovative enhancement she could think of to make her work better is something that is nearly as old as the Internet itself.
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James Frey’s Digital Publishing Ambitions (Mashable)
Full Fathom Five, the publishing house run by James Frey of Million Little Pieces notoriety, has launched a new digital imprint to publish an ebook a week this year, starting at the beginning of October.
Hachette Author Slams Amazon in Editorial (USA Today)
In a USA Today editorial, Alison Levine, first-time author of On the Edge: The Art of High-Impact Leadership, slammed Amazon for the way it has handled its business dispute with Hachette. She is a Hachette author.
Another Bookless Library (Independent.co.uk)
Florida Polytechnic University, a start-up college, unveiled its new library system this week and, surprise, no books!
Kobo’s Gone Girl Contest (DBW)
In anticipation of upcoming book-to-film releases, Kobo has launched a contest in conjunction with Gillian Flynn’s smash hit – and soon-to-be film – Gone Girl. Winner gets a free e-reader and thousands of dollars.
Shareholders Sue Apple…Again (GigaOm)
A new lawsuit by Apple shareholders claim that the company’s multi-year stand-off with the Justice Department over the issue of ebook price-fixing hurt Apple’s image.
New Game-Ebook (Mumbai Mirror)
A new ebook/video game allows readers to build their own protagonist.
Ingram Inks Mobile Deal (PR Newswire)
Ingram Content Group has signed a deal with Microgroove to perform fulfillments across the start-up’s network. Microgroove is a plug-and-play e-commerce storefront.