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Beneath the Ink enhances e-books without the need of a new app
January 16, 2014 | 12:15 pm

NEW YORK –Beneath the Ink had something to celebrate on Tuesday night. The start-up won a Digital Book Award for E-book Fixed Format/Enhanced – Adult Fiction for Emma Boling’s book "Mistress of France." Beneath the Ink is a service for e-book enhancements including video, picture, text information and more – whatever you can imagine to fit in an e-book, Beneath the Ink can find a way to put it there. One of the big differences with Beneath the Ink is that the enhancements are seamless within the e-book. There are no external links, which has been seen in many other “enhanced” e-books. All...

Jumsoft releases five new iBooks Author templates
February 17, 2013 | 3:39 pm

Two weeks after Apple unveiled its iBooks Author program for designing interactive e-books, template king Jumsoft was there with its first set of iBooks Author templates, dubbed Book Palette. Jumsoft has now expanded that collection to 25 with the announcement of five new designs that offer “ … upmarket design quality at a reasonable price.” The five new templates include the crisp Decorum, the elegant Royal Title, and the colorful Taste Buds designs. All 25 templates contain the full set of standard sections and page layouts provided in the iBooks Author app, including covers, chapter pages, text pages, tables of contents, glossary pages and more....

A digital pop-up book that can only be read with a webcam
February 4, 2013 | 10:00 am

Last week, we wrote about an interesting augmented reality app that was developed with the intention of making a Japanese newspaper, the Tokyo Shimbun, more appealing to children. With the app installed on a smartphone, a child can hold her phone above certain articles, and then watch the screen as kid-friendly content relating to the article is revealed. Today we bring you an even more unusual augmented reality story, this one a poetry book that only be read with the use of a webcam. Between Page and Screen, appropriately enough, is the book's title. And instead of text, each page displays a black and white shape that looks not unlike...

The Future of TRULY Interactive Ebooks, by Mary Cummings
June 25, 2012 | 8:45 am

Eagle Snake Cover [Editor's Note:  Mary Cummings is editorial director of Diversion Publishing.  We wrote about their interactive ebook here.] Enhanced e-books aren't new and neither are interactive e-books. But one thing that you don’t see too much of is interactive e-books that operate as true e-books (no apps required!). These are books that you find in the Kindle store rather than the App store. They work on every device, from black and white Kindles to iPad 3s. But you probably haven’t seen too many of these e-books—neither have I. But now they are here and I'm very excited. Why? Because of what it means for...

Print, e-books more engaging than enhanced e-books, study says
May 30, 2012 | 1:22 am

screen-shot-2012-05-29-at-10-54-16-amDigital Book World reports on an interesting study of interactions between 32 parent-child pairs when reading print books with either e-books or “enhanced” books. The preliminary results (PDF) have just been released, and suggest that children are less engaged and retain fewer details about what they read when they read an enhanced book than when they read a regular e-book or print book. Among both parents and children, the level of content-related actions—discussing or pointing to something in the story—remained about the same from print to regular e-books, but dramatically dropped off from print to “enhanced” e-books. The level...

Handel’s Messiah – draft score enhanced ebook
February 9, 2012 | 12:21 pm

Mzi pieqqcjv 225x225 75 From the description on the British App Store: The draft score of Handel's oratorio "Messiah" is one of the greatest musical treasures in the British Library.  Handel established and developed the English oratorio as a musical genre, and "Messiah" is its best known and best loved example.  As only fragmentary sketches survive, this manuscript is the source for Handel's first known ideas for the work; it also includes many of his alterations for later performances.  It illuminates his working methods and includes performance directions.  It's detailed dating reveals the composer's characteristic speed of composition: the work was begun on 22 Augurst...

The problem with enhanced e-books
February 2, 2012 | 1:15 pm

On Salon.com, Laura Miller takes a look at the current crop of interactive, “enhanced” books and discusses some of their major shortcomings. The problem with these books, she points out, is that the interactive “bells and whistles” can distract from the actual storytelling: I sat down with my iPad to read “The Yellow Submarine” with a friend’s 7-year-old twins, and within 10 minutes, we were embroiled in a conflict that captured the central, nagging problem with the enhanced e-book concept. Desmond liked playing with the interactive features — the digital equivalent of the tabs and flaps...

Papyrus – a program to create interactive books
January 3, 2012 | 10:18 am

Currently in beta, you can find it here, is this new interactive book creator:   ...

Scholastic forms new digital/print imprint with Ruckus Media
September 7, 2011 | 11:11 am

2296 2 From the Publishers Weekly: Children's digital developer Ruckus Media is joining with Scholastic to create the Scholastic Ruckus imprint, a joint venture that will publish a wide range of children's and teen content across all platforms, from interactive content and transmedia projects to e-books, enhanced e-books and print. The first titles from the Scholastic Ruckus imprint will be released in 2012. Cofounded a year ago by former Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing president Rick Richter and Ruckus Media COO Jim Young, Ruckus Media has developed a list of interactive storybook apps and will publish about 40 digital titles this...

Print publisher Nicholas Callaway sees apps as the future of publishing
April 3, 2011 | 4:28 pm

callawayReuters is carrying a story on publisher Nicholas Callaway, who has been publishing beautiful coffee-table books since 1980, has recently decided that books that used to belong on the coffee table will work better as interactive apps on a tablet. Whereas it used to be that huge pages with detailed pictures were the way to go, now Callaway is more interested in smaller screens. "This is revolutionary," he says, stroking his finger at the iPad's glass surface and prodding to open an app he has developed. "This is the Looking Glass. This is Alice in Wonderland....

The rise of the enhanced e-book
October 20, 2010 | 1:40 pm

newgoodbye_thumb[1] On FutureEBooks, Sam Missingham has posted a brief article by Neil Ayres, Web Director for Creative Review magazine and author/producer of the The New Goodbye appbook that I covered here. Ayres talks about a new effort by Quark, maker of desktop publishing app Quark Xpress, to create an extension for its software that will allow it to create multimedia-enabled appbooks by directly exporting the Quark file—similar to Adobe’s development environment which was to be used to create the Wired e-magazine (and that was blocked from access to the app store for several months by Apple’s no-thirty-party-IDE policy). ...

Quick Notes: London Book Fair, Prizmo, Overdrive audiobooks, Barnes & Noble + Salon, Apple
April 21, 2010 | 7:20 pm

TheBookseller.com has a piece from the London Book Fair looking at opposition to the idea of “enhanced” e-books. Karolina Sutton, senior agent at Curtis Brown, expresses concern that only “superbooks” will get the expensive enhanced treatment, leaving midlist authors out in the cold. She is also concerned that the “gimickiness […] distracts from the actual word.” Also from the London Book Fair, Publishing Perspectives brings a look at comic books as iPhone and iPhone apps, as well as discussion of what the best way to translate comic books to such a format might be. Comic book creators are...