The Future of Books

National Public Radio has an interesting article today about the future of books.  I encourage my readers to check out the story.  You can find it here:

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129251016

Also, you may want to read my previous post about Vooks or my post entitled “Do You Love Books or Do You Love Reading? “

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Are You Hooked on Vooks?

I have not tried vooks yet and that’s not unusual since I would be considered a “late adopter” by marketers.  I did, however, read an interesting article in the The Washington Post by Monica Hesse about the vook.  Another reason I haven’t read a vook is that I don’t like to pay for my reading material as a rule and the prices for vooks average $4.99 each.  The public library is free or paid for by my taxes.  Having said that, vooks do sound interesting!

A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video and the power of the Internet into a single, complete story.  You can read your book, watch videos that enhance the story and connect with authors and your friends through social media all on one screen, without switching between platforms.

Vooks are produced in part by Simon & Schuster’s Atria books and can be found at vook.com.  The most interesting title seems to be Embassy, a conspiracy thriller.  Although I don’t usually read Jude Deveraux, I did notice a title by that author.  She is extremely popular and it seems a good move by vook.com to include this title.  There are only six titles besides the two I have mentioned at vook.com, so the selection is a little thin.  It will be interesting to see what comes up in the future.

You can read the article by Monica Hesse at this link:  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/27/AR2009122701973.html.

Have you read a vook?  Are you hooked on vooks?  If so, please leave a comment and tell us about it!