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The time went by so fast. I thought the e-books' day had finally arrived. I turn around -- it's past?
You thought e-reader technology was changing monthly -- check out digital books.
Here's a few of the new species of books that are appearing as e-books go mainstream. Some are interactive novels, some books plus game and some...I don't know how to classify.
Interactive Novel: Cathy's Book-- the online interactive novel has been around for awhile, but the iPhone app is new. Love this author's voice.
We have book-game mashups:
Harlequin Presents: Hidden Objects of Desire free demo version comes with a Harlequin novel to download.
We have Facebook apps centered apps games that are spin-offs from novels:The Pirate's Journey from Angie Fox to promote her Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers.
Orchid Games brings us Heartwild Solitaire in several versions. You play solitaire to win the next chapter in a story. This one's addictive.
This morning I found two more offerings that I haven't had the chance to play yet. I may not sleep tonight.
Jude Deveraux's Vook: Promises
and Nora Roberts' Vision in White
Some of these do a better job of merging the interactivity of story than others. I'd say some are more game than book at this point, but with every release I see them move closer to true reading immersion. A process noticeably evident in the Progression of the Heartwild Solitaire Games. Cathy's book is more book than game with the interactive elements less interactive. Give one a try and let me know what you think. I can't wait to crack open that Vook.
This post is written in response to today's Cary on Tuesday Prompt. See what other particpants wrote here.