Saturday, April 30, 2011

Latest wrinkle in self-publishing: "enhanced ebooks"

As many of you know, I'm a big advocate of self-publishing, especially via ebooks, and on platforms such as The possibilities that new do-it-yourself technology are opening for authors and readers are stunning.

Consider the emerging opportunities in "enhanced ebooks": "You can incorporate mixed media, such as video, audio, pictures, maps and interactive content. Best of all it's in full color, so it allows for more vibrant content."

Believe me, you will not recognize what a "book" will become in the near future. Imagine reading an ebook spy thriller, then being able to click on links that provide full dossiers on the characters, or Google Map street views of locations, encyclopedia entries on weapons and gadgets, video or audio interviews with the author . . . The possibilities are boundless.

Exciting times ahead, folks!