Fancy a “Vook” anyone?

For those of us who are intrigued (or horrified) by the advent of  the electronic book, The “Vook” is yet another plan to change the face of the book world. A Vook can:

 intersperse videos throughout electronic text that can be read — and viewed — online or on an iPhone or IPod Touch

Publishers Simon & Schuster seem very keen on the idea, and one of their recently produced Vooks is a fitness and diet title, where you can click on the video to see examples of the exercises.  Not to be outdone, fiction writers  are also getting in on the idea, with short segments of a novel devoted to a video that elaborates on a part of the plot. 

It’s this aspect of the Vook idea that leaves me feeling a bit uncomfortable.   When I read, I like to  imagine the scene  or the character.  Each reader probably dreams up a different idea of the setting and what the characters look like.  With the introduction  of the Vook, this pleasure would be taken away. There is also talk of adding music and perfumes!  The ideas are endless.

If you want to learn more about this new gadget then have a read of this article in the New York Times.  It’s all very interesting and it will be fun to see what ideas they come up with next.

4 thoughts on “Fancy a “Vook” anyone?

  1. sweet pea 4 October 2009 / 9:25 am

    I like the concept of the non-fiction vook. video material to supplement the book filled with information.

    But I’d like fiction to remain the “in-my-head” interpretation of the fiction. It’s like the disappointment when the movie adaptation doesn’t match my “in-my-head” version of the characters.

    I’m at the point where I either watch the movie OR read the book, and enjoy them for what they are, rather compare them any more. Sometimes the book doesn’t work for me and I can’t read it to the end, but I adore the film, and sometimes it is the other way round.

    The idea of a vook is another melding of different technologies with writing and content collaboration. I wonder if the writer has any say over the “intrusion” of video elements into their work? Hmm, intellectual property might become a tricky one in this case.

  2. jane 6 October 2009 / 10:38 am

    Had a look at the Multimedia Ebook thanks Georg. It reminds me of the Choose your own adventure books that were popular a few years back, but far more advanced of course. Looks like you can choose the characters and the action?
    I agree with you Sweet Pea about the book/movie business. I very rarely enjoy both, maybe it is about having my own “pictures” shown as someone elses vision?

    • Georg Haller 9 October 2009 / 10:47 am

      Jane. Thanks! Can choose the characters and the action. And more…

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