A new year - a new way to read enhanced ebooks
It's probably fair to say that many book lovers have a complicated relationship with Amazon. Fans of independent bookstores and those of us who think books are worth more than the price of a cappuccino have a few bones to pick with the company. On the other hand, Amazon has given us easy access to a remarkable backlist and has made it possible for any writer to self-publish at the click of a mouse. Will Amazon destroy publishing or be its salvation? Hard to say.
The Kindle Fire, first released in the US in November 2011 but only made available to us poor Europeans in the last few months, wins Amazon a lot of credit in Book Drum's eyes. It is a wonderful device for displaying enhanced ebooks. Text with embedded links works well on iPads and other tablets, but the Kindle Fire is smaller, neater and much much cheaper. So we have now converted our first two enhanced ebooks and added them to the Kindle Store. Even if you don't have a Kindle you can get a sense of what we've created by trying the "Click to Look Inside!" option:
We'll be publishing our third enhanced ebook, Dracula, very soon.
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque. Profile by Tim Chakwin's Honors 10th Grade Class at McCallie School
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. Profile by Emily Gray
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien. Profile by Tommy Buteau's American Literature Class at Windsor High School, CO
The Silence by J. Sydney Jones. Profile by Tom Ovens
The Witches by Roald Dahl. Profile by Priya Govender
Tom Jones by Henry Fielding. Profile by Kerri McDonald
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. Profile by Kerri McDonald
When the Siren Calls by Tom Barry. Profile by Eleanor Updegraff
Happy new year from the Book Drum Team!