What Happens When Books Grow Up?
Last month, our beautiful founder and amazing author Louise Hay visited our office just before her trip to Australia for an I Can Do It Conference® there. After a few meetings and making the rounds to greet her staff, Louise came by my desk to go over some notes for her next e-letter. Happily hugging her iPad in her arms, she smiled giddily as she said, “I just watched my new enhanced e-book. Have you seen it yet?" When she saw my look of surprise, she pulled me up and invited me to experience it immediately.
We sat down on the couch in her office and she opened her iPad. As she surveyed her Home Screen, she navigated over to her digital bookshelf. Ah yes, You Can Create an Exceptional Life was front and center. She tapped on it to begin my maiden voyage through my first enhanced e-book. Louise swiped through the pages until she reached an adorable photo of her and co-author Cheryl Richardson. “Now watch this,” she said as she tapped the photo with anticipation. Within seconds, the image came to life and there on the page, Louise and Cheryl started chatting about the fun they had writing this book together.
As I sat in awe, Louise kept smiling and flipping through several pages—eagerly landing on more images that transformed into heartwarming conversations between these two delightful authors. Wow! As a baby boomer weaned on traditional print books, rotary telephones and reel-to-reel home movies, I was flabbergasted. How cool is it that today’s readers can feel like they’re sitting on a couch right next to their favorite authors as their personal stories come to life in these enhanced e-books!
Louise and Cheryl’s You Can Create an Exceptional Life enhanced e-book is one of seven titles now available from Hay House. For the complete list, click here. Several more titles are in production as you read this—including Alex Woodard’s For The Sender, which will be available later this month as an enhanced e-book. As a special bonus, you’ll get to listen to the original letter writers reading their personal correspondences to Alex, hear all of the songs inspired by these letters featuring Grammy-winning singers and songwriters, and watch two exclusive videos from a live musical performance.
If any of you are e-book novices like me, I’d like to share a few things I recently learned about this growing genre. These books are referred to as enhanced e-books, Vooks (video-books) and enhanced editions. How are they different from an e-book? They include exclusive bonus materials such as any or all of the following: interactive sections, downloads, photos, illustrations, video interviews, music, audio extras, video clips and direct links to websites. (In our Hay House enhanced e-books, you’ll get exclusive photos studio footage and video clips from recent live workshops. I also read that Stephen King’s new enhanced edition of 11/22/63 includes a 13-minute film, written and narrated by the author and enhanced with historic footage from CBS News that will take you back to the memorable era.)
In order to view these enhanced e-books and bonus videos and material, you’ll need an iPad and/or Nook Color. On the iPad, you can view them through your Kindle and iBooks apps. Plus, in a brand-new format, you can now experience these enhanced e-books on web browsers (like Internet Explorer or Safari) of any tablet or computer by purchasing them at vook.com. Enhanced e-books are accessible on both PC and Mac platforms.
Will enhanced e-books take over where traditional printed books left off? In my humble opinion—no way! Let’s just say that a few of our favorite books grow up and leave the nest in search of a new, enhanced path. And like proud parents, it’s good for us to cheer them on and support them. So I invite you to step out of the box this month, and give one a try.
Here are several links to use to browse the latest enhanced e-books:
Do you have a favorite Hay House book you’d love to read as an enhanced e-book filled with extra videos and bonus material? We’d love to get your feedback. Please post your suggestions below.
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