Thursday, July 10, 2008

Interactive Books Coming????

I am so jazzed. I don't know if everyone saw this notice on eHarlequin so I am re-posting it. What does everyone think? Imagine having interactive Steeple Hill titles! I am hoping that the sentence at the end about these books being available in many of the Harlequin series includes us!

TORONTO, July 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Harlequin Enterprises Limited (, the global leader in series romance and one of the world's leading publishers of women's fiction, announced today the launch of their Enriched Edition eBooks. With this launch, Harlequin becomes the first publisher to offer entire eBooks that are enriched with interactive buttons that hyperlink to Web sites with more information about the content.
The launch title, UNMASKED, a Regency-set historical available from, has been enriched with interactive buttons that hyperlink to Web sites containing photos, historical commentaries, illustrations, sound effects, maps, articles and more, bringing the world of the novel to life without the reader having to leave the computer or the current screen page. The interactive buttons have been designed to be unobtrusive, so if one prefers not to access the bonus material, the reading experience remains uninterrupted.
By exploiting the interactive possibilities inherent with eBooks, Harlequin is recognizing the opportunity for online reading to enhance the reading experience, evolving it above and beyond the replication of print books.
Harlequin will release select Enriched Edition titles from its many series and imprints, but chose to launch with a historical release since the period setting particularly lends itself to the enriched experience. Obscure period details, customs, terms and references become instantly accessible should the reader wish to learn more about the story's context.
Enriched Edition eBooks are available at and are being sold at the same price as regular eBooks.


Ausjenny said...

sounds interesting. I need a ebook reader reading on the computer isn't the best.

Janet Tronstad said...

Jenny --

I've been debating an ebook reader, too. They sound great. I figure they will come down in price soon (they're still a little expensive to me). And they have a few bugs to work out.

Ausjenny said...

I agree. I have found we dont have them in australia yet (not sure about the kindle) but the sony one isn't here. Idont think it would take the place of books for me but there are some i could get this way that are hard to get in australia or cost so much more.
im reading one on the computer at present but it gets hard after awhile so am saving it for when i am at the bookshop its normally quiet and i can set it up between customers and other things.

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