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Posted by Nancy J. Cohen on January 25, 2010

A Vook is a combination of a Video and a Book. Think of a story or text interspersed with images. Is this another harbinger of the future for the publishing industry? Evidently, you can access your Vook online or on your iPod and no doubt soon on your ebook reader, too. Videos can be watched alone or you can just read the text or view the integrated version. What’s next–interactive stories where you decide which path the character will take? Those have been done but not in this format. Not yet.

What will it mean to have video accompany the text? For a cookbook, this could be useful. For a novel? I like the power of the imagination. Will that be lost if we watch images like short movies in between the pages of text? Or will it enhance the story? And as authors, will be have to write with more visual scenes in mind?

What do you think?

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One Response to “WHAT IS A VOOK?”

  1. From a technological standpoint, this is all very fascinating, and I agree that it would certainly have its uses, but I’m with you when it comes to the power of the imagination. I don’t need someone else to do all the work for me, part of the joy of reading is letting one’s mind fill in the blanks.

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