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.