Curling Up With Hybrid Books

The New York Times:

For more than 500 years the book has been a remarkably stable entity: a coherent string of connected words, printed on paper and bound between covers.

But in the age of the iPhone, Kindle and YouTube, the notion of the book is becoming increasingly elastic as publishers mash together text, video and Web features in a scramble to keep readers interested in an archaic form of entertainment.

It’s a book. And a video. It’s a Vook. The product, which combines text, video and interactive features, is the latest attempt from the publishing industry to keep the public interested “in an archaic form of entertainment” writes the New York Times.

Photo by Vook.

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