By Donald Ermen - July 22nd, 2010
Here’s a new twist on how a book is going to be released. Press release is slightly edited.
A new media-rich novel that embraces online culture and fictionalizes real events as they happen will be released on July 27th.
Marshall McLuhan’s iconic The medium is the message has never been truer than in today’s online world. One Child, the latest offering from five-time bestselling author Jeff Buick, delivers current content to readers and focuses on a fresh approach to writing and marketing books.
The novel has a daily release component, which brings a newsworthy story to readers on their computer or e-reader every morning. What they read on that day is actually occurring on that day.
The reader’s experience is enriched by character interaction. Fictional characters have Facebook profiles – and text back. Corporations have websites. WKIO 510, a radio station out of New York, delivers the daily news – and what’s happening in the book.
Four embedded videos, filmed for the book, show what it’s like on the front lines in Afghanistan.
CEO of Enthrill, Wayne Logan says readers want great content. Logan adds, “They want to understand world events as they unfold. We are changing the publishing model by delivering this content while the stories are still inthe headlines.”
One Child merges fact and fiction to the point where the reader will be curious as to what is real and what isn’t. It tackles important issues of the day in the form of an engrossing, hard-driving thriller novel.
Enthrill Entertainment Inc. is a boutique publishing company focused on bringing thrillers with current content to market using the most innovative means possible.
My thoughts: The only issue I have is the merging of fact and fiction. I just hope it’s labelled as such. There are lots of novels I read that reference real-life events and real-life people. I often wonder what people will think of these books in the future. Will they be viewed as historical? Over the passage of time, will some of these fictional accounts of real life events become mistaken for the real thing? I guess there is always that risk.
For example, the last couple of days I have blogged about Lady Chatterley’s Lover and its examination about industrialization. I’m assuming that D.H. Lawrence drew his conclusions on his experiences and what he saw around him. Pretty safe assumption but the novel is still a work of fiction. Lawrence wasn’t necessarily trying to create a record of the times and so if I really want to know the impact the industrial revolution was having on people, I should probably consult something else.
Read the article at the Ottawa Sun Bookworm Blog