Even Disney's on the bandwagon, although after seeing this new site, I venture to say they're leading the parade. I don't even have kids and I think the new Disney Digital Book site is pretty darn cool. Look at just some of what it offers...
*Enjoy 500+ new and classic Disney books.
*Click to hear words pronounced.
*See definitions using the built-in dictionary.
*Be immersed in Look and Listen stories with voices and sound effects.
*Use Story-Builder to create Disney stories.
Uh. Wow. Imagine if all publishers start offering bells and whistles digital sites. Imagine the possibilities for the romance genre, the thriller and mystery genre. Are your wheels turning? I know mine are.
More and more, day by day, I see the younger generations opting to spend their leisure time on their computer, cell phone, PDA, and other various gizmos. Heck. What am I saying? Even my generation is obsessed. Not so much me, but I'm a techno-goober. Even so, I could lose myself on a romance bells and whistles digital site. A fantastic read enhanced with interactive bonus material? Interactions with characters? Sexy, romantic or action-oriented illustrations? Music soundtracks? I'm there!
Or at least I would be if such a site existed. I'm betting there'll be one in the next few years.
Actually, now that I think about it, I've heard New York Times bestselling author, Sherrilyn Kenyon's website is an interactive dream. Just hopped over there. Oh, yeah. That's what I'm talking about. Imagine if a publishing site did something like that for several featured books?
Okay. This just in. (I actually wrote this post two days ago and ran across this new announcement yesterday). Simon & Schuster is introducing something called the Vook.
With a vook you can:
• Read your book
• Watch videos that highlight key moments in the story
• View visual how-to’s
• Connect with authors and other readers
One of of their initial releases, a mix of fiction and non-fiction includes “Promises,” a romantic novella by the best-selling author Jude Deveraux. Even this techno-goober is intrigued.