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Hybrid Books, or “Vooks”

The New York Times is running an interesting story on an emerging hybrid genre in fiction, what they refer to as “Vooks,” or Video Books.  One publisher, Simon & Schuster, is introducing short video clips into electronic novels.  Apparently, the videos mostly add depth to the textual plot points, but in some cases they actually advance the plot.  According to the article, this experimental genre is a response to growing interests in e-readers, and an acknowledgement of diminishing interests in purely textual fiction.

As a person deeply fascinated with the potentials of new media for crafting both fiction and non-fiction, I think this is a promising development.  Check it out here:


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