Penguin, Starz, collaborate on enhanced The Pillars of the Earth ebook

From the press release:

Penguin Group (USA), one of the leading U.S. consumer book publishers, and Starz, LLC, launched today the Amplified Edition of Ken Follett's international bestselling novel "The Pillars of the Earth." The Amplified Edition of "The Pillars of the Earth" showcases striking video clips, beautiful art and original music from the upcoming, critically acclaimed Starz Originals 8-hour epic television event based on the book.

The iPad edition is available now with a retail of $12.99. A different edition that has been optimized for the iPhone will be available soon. They're promising to update this ebook as the series is broadcast (that could be interesting). Some of the unique content will include:

  • An interactive Character Tree, housed in a virtual stained glass window, grows as characters are introduced in the book, allowing the reader to learn more about the selected characters and their corresponding relationships. As the story progresses, the stained glass window becomes more intricate and reveals more and more about the characters.
  • Contextual video footage and still images are carefully blended into the eBook from the corresponding section of the Starz series, so readers can choose to watch beautiful clips of cathedrals, horses and men in shining armor while inside the eBook. Or if they prefer, they can watch clips as well as longer scenes in another section of the Amplified Edition.
  • Ken Follett's Multimedia Diary, which is the author's on-set impressions of the process of bringing "The Pillars of the Earth" from page to screen.
  • Behind-the-scenes insights into the making of the event series, looking at how the filmmakers captured Follett's vision and created the medieval world of "The Pillars of the Earth," including interviews with the actors, director and producers.
  • A Listening Lounge features music – including hymns, soundtrack themes, and battlefield scene scores – from the Starz Originals series.
  • A sneak preview of Ken Follett's next book coming this fall.

Read through those bullet points again. Goodness, this had to have been expensive to make. But it was probably wrth it. If I were a fan, I would certainly get it.

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2 Comments on Penguin, Starz, collaborate on enhanced The Pillars of the Earth ebook

  1. I have to admit to not being a fan either, but curiosity has the better of me. I’ll buy. That is a pretty robust list off added “value”. It seems to have been approached in a way that it won’t be as disruptive, as some of the video & book combos have been.

    I would like to see a roster of all involved in this project. No doubt it goes way beyond agent, editor, copy editor and designer . . .

  2. Is this book new to e, or was it previously in print? Anyone out there read it in print and imagine any of these enhancements would improve it?

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