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Vook to Make Entire Library Available in iBookstore   no comments

Posted at 9:19 am in Apple iPad,Multimedia eBooks,Random

Vook announced today that it will be making its entire existing library and all new titles available in the iBookstore.  Currently there are 47 of Vook’s enhanced ebooks available there.

In the three weeks since Vook’s launch in the iBookstore, the company has surpassed all players in the digital publishing space to deliver the largest selection of enhanced ebooks currently available. Vook’s current offering in the iBookstore includes enhanced titles from best-selling authors such as Seth Godin, Anne Rice and Sherrilyn Kenyon, among others. Enhanced titles across all genres are scheduled for release throughout the rest 2010.

Featuring high-profile authors and top-quality video, Vook’s enhanced ebook titles have already become some of the most popular titles for the iPad. Recently "Reckless Road: The Making of Appetite for Destruction," produced with Slash, was number one on the iBookstore’s Entertainment chart, "The 90 Second Fitness Solution" was featured on the front page of the store and Seth Godin’s "Unleashing the SUPER Ideavirus" was also highlighted in the Business section of the iBookstore.


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Written by Richard on September 21st, 2010

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Vook – Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses – Review   no comments

Posted at 10:43 am in Multimedia eBooks,Random

Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction is a new video enhanced book from Vook. It tells the story of theSlash-GunsNRoses-Lead-Guitar forming of the rock band Guns N’ Roses and the rough-and-tumble lives of the band members up until their first album was released.

The author of Reckless Road is Marc Cantor who has been friends with Slash (GNR lead guitarist until 1996) since they were in fifth grade together.  Canter is the owner of the landmark celebrity hangout Cantor’s Deli in Los Angeles.

Previous to Reckless Road I had read one other Vook.  That was a short fiction and I was not too impressed – the video seemed to be more of a distraction then an added benefit and I found myself waiting impatiently for each one to end so that I could get back to reading.   Reckless Road, which I’ve been reading on my iPad, is different.  Here the Vook treatment shines.

Different Vook, different story.  In Reckless Road the video and plentiful still photos do what they are intended to – enhance the tale of the early years of Guns N’ Roses and help flesh out the various characters and locations and bring them to life.

As well as videos and stills there are also numerous hyperlinks scattered throughout the text.  Tapping on one of these opens a smaller window in the center of the iPad’s screen.  Many of these links lead to Wikipedia entries, but there are also artist home pages, music videos and other websites relevant to the text.  You often find yourself getting sidetracked through these links – but it is a good kind of sidetracked.

The iPad version of Reckless Road includes a pretty full set of features.  The font size is adjustable and there is a night mode (Vook calls it Dark mode) to make the reading easier on my eyes.  There is also a table of contents so that you can jump to a different chapter.  For me the Vook experience is much better on the iPad than on a desktop or laptop and the iPad will be my go-to device for Vooks in the future.

Whether or not you have ever been a big GNR fan (I was not), Reckless Road is a good ride.  I was a doubter,  but Reckless Road demonstrates that the Vook format can really fly given the proper material and treatment.

Reckless Road: Guns N’ Roses and the Making of Appetite for Destruction is available for your favourite iDevice  at the iTunes Store iconand is priced at $6.99.  There is also a Kindle Audio/Video version of Appetite for Destruction available that you could use on the Kindle for Android app priced at $9.99.


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Written by Richard on June 5th, 2010

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