First enhanced fiction ebook now in iBookstore (video)

I've just heard via Twitter and Liz Castro's blog that the first fiction ebook with video has been uploaded to the iBookstore. The title is Awkward 2, and it was created by the indie publisher Awkward Press. It's a collection of short stories, and the videos are rather odd. Here's one:

The Vanishing Point from Awkward Press on Vimeo.

Liz was a little surprised to see the ebook becuase the technical requirements for an enhanced ebook were rather strict:

For example, it says you must have a black frame at the beginning and end of every video.

It also says that final files must be produced with Compressor 3.5.2, which, for the record, is only included with Final Cut Studio and Logic Studio Retail, which even when discounted by Amazon, cost lots of money. I count myself among those who thought, "Oh, maybe I don't have the proper tools to put video in my ebooks."

But apparently it doesn't matter. They just stuck the video in the Epub and crossed their fingers.

It's iPad only, unfortunately. If you really want to get the videos, you can buy a paper copy direct from Awkward Press. They're offering a free DVD with each copy. This title is also available (without the videos) on the Kindle.


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