Posted by: Patrice Fitzgerald | October 1, 2009

Look! It’s a VOOK!

You should know that there is a very cool new item which has just become available — the Vook.  It combines digital text with video segments, and can be watched online or with your iPhone.  Check it out through the Simon & Schuster page above, where the first four titles are available.

Two fiction and two nonfiction Vooks are being released today, at only $6.99 each.  In fiction, there’s a thriller by Richard Doetsch and a romance by Jude Devereaux — original novellas of between 25,000 and 40,000 words which were commissioned for this purpose and will not be sold as books.  The videos apparently move the action along, too — they’re not just pretty moving pictures that accompany a traditional story.  The two nonfiction titles are a beauty book and an exercise book, which allow the reader/viewer (hmmm… if you get a Vook, are you a Veader??) to watch examples of exercises, etc., along the way.

It’s always fun to be at the beginning of something.  Will we look back at the first Vooks and giggle at an idea that never took off?  Or is it the dawn of a new age in entertainment?

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