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  • Kristan

    I think we're seeing this in fiction too: Digital publication is allowing writers to sell their mid-length works at reasonable prices, without anyone having to suffer the cost of print overhead. (Just the investment of time.) I definitely think it's a good thing, and I'm interested to see how these opportunities continue to develop. Thanks for sharing Mr. Colin's story!

    • I have to say, I didn't get the full digital experience right away because I accidentally bought the Kindle version not realizing that it didn't have any of the multimedia. So I read it through as text only before going back and purchasing the app store version version. I LOVE the photos and embedded videos, especially one of the film producer's TED talk after his accident, but I wonder if all the hyperlinks/icons would be distracting while reading the text. I would hate to stop every paragraph to read more details about an event or look at the timeline. The option to read or switch to audio is really awesome, though. This is definitely the future of books! And Chris's story is fantastic – well worth $2.99!

      • Kristan

        "I would hate to stop every paragraph to read more details about an event or look at the timeline."

        Yes, I know what you mean. For me it depends on the content. Like, for a novel, I hate having to flip back to maps or timelines or glossaries constantly. I almost didn't read Junot Diaz's "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao" because of all the footnotes. (But I'm glad I did, and they went away after a while.) I just want to be immersed in the story.

        But for nonfiction, I think there's a lot more room for interruption and metadata. I constantly Wikipedia things, or search on Google for more information. To have that data embedded into the article or feature would be quite convenient — IF executed well.

        And yes, tablets definitely have a leg up on that functionality over Kindles. But I wouldn't trade my e-ink for anything. (Fortunately Andy has an iPad I can borrow. :))

        • Really? You like the e-ink better than the iPad? I LOVE my iPad – although not ideal for reading at the beach, something I never have time for anyway. I'm curious to know whether people think the Atavist story has too many distractions. if anyone buys/reads it, let me know! I LOVED The Brief Wondrous Life, btw. SO good.

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