Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Simon and Schuster intros video book format

updated 09:30 am EDT, Thu October 1, 2009

Simon and Schuster launches Vook format

Simon & Schuster hoped to spur on the creation of a new book format on Thursday by launching vooks, or video books. The approach builds videos directly into a text and is meant to enhance a work while minimizing the flow of a book as much as possible. An instructional book can show a task in action, for example, while a novel can use clips to establish the setting or to show a video a character would have watched.

The publisher has already launched the first four vooks, all of which come from Atria Press. All are available in a web version that uses Adobe Flash to show content and talk to other readers through social networking. It has also launched iPhone and iPod touch apps (App Store) that play the videos in Apple's built-in movie viewer and has similar social networking features. Web versions typically cost $7 due to the higher quality video while the iPhone apps cost $5.

Simon & Schuster hasn't said when it expects other vook titles to appear.





By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

  1. climacs

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Sep 2001

    0

    "Vooks"???

    work on that name a bit, S+S. Sounds like Zsa Zsa Gabor trying to pronounce, 'books'.

  1. guzzi

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2006

    -1

    Funny!

    S&S sales will go shooschting into the sky.
    Olivier.

  1. gitcypher

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jul 2007

    +3

    I'm sorry, but I gotta say it...

    The grapefruit in her hands make -them- look THAT much better.

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

IDrive cloud backup and sync service

There are a lot of cloud services out there, and nearly all of them can be used for backing up key files and folders. A few dedicated ...

Asus Chromebook C300

When Chromebooks hit the market back in 2011, consumers didn't know what to do with them. The low-cost laptops, powered by Google's Ch ...

Plantronics BackBeat Pro Bluetooth headphones

Looking for a pair of headphones that can do everything a user requires is a task that can take some study. Trying to decide on in-ear ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News