Next-gen ebooks?

The Guardian reported from the London Book Fair on a new “fully immersive” version of John Buchan’s century-old thriller The Thirty-Nine Steps, which of course has already been made “semi-immersive” in cinematic adaptations by Hitchcock and others.

Click to view the article.

London Book Fair 2013

Screenshot of Faber Digital’s ebook of The Thirty-
Nine Steps

As interesting as the article itself are the comments which (unusually for the internet) are mostly sane and range from “why would they bother; this isn’t a book anymore” to “this is just interactive fiction” to “this looks super cool!”.

Clearly projects such as this that require a significant budget are a way for established publishing houses to compete with both independent ebooks and other media vying for the “entertainment dollar” such as video games and movies.

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