Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Radical Change in Publishing Novels

Question: What’s next in the publishing industry?

Answer: Novels that are a mix of print and technology.

Quote: “A new crop of digital books comes loaded with videos, songs, animated shorts and pop-up graphics. Is this the future of publishing?”

 Quote: “The Novel, Remixed: Readers of Chopsticks can select 'shuffle read,' which reorders the pages.

 Quote: “The new novel Chopsticks tells the story of a troubled young piano prodigy—using family photos, letters, documents, instant messages and YouTube videos. It's a love story, a mystery and a parable about creativity and madness.”

Quote: “It's also an experiment, one that could have far-reaching implications for the book industry, as publishers stretch the definition of what constitutes a book. Chopsticks straddles the digital divide that is transforming the publishing world—it's both a novel and a digital app.

Comment: I still equate words with ideas and ideas with words. All the other stuff is window dressing, supporting the ideas expressed in words. RayS.

Title: “Blowing Up The Book.” By ALEXANDRA ALTER. The Wall Street Journal. January 20, 2012. Internet.

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