So the iPad needs book publishers to use their imagination and work with the technology to offer readers added value, according to a piece in the New York Times. I have some ideas for nonfiction books I’ve enjoyed, read, bought, gifted, and even written:
1. Active links to websites and resources.
2. Active links to online forums or support groups.
3. Active links to video that demonstrates the idea presented in the book (there’s already a name for this: Vooks for video-in-boo).
4. Contact links so you can email the author with questions and feedback.
5. Links that take you to blogs of related interest
6. Links that allow you to purchase the book, other books by the author, or books that are recommended for those who like this book
7. Links to upgrades so you can get the deluxe edition with an extra chapter or material such as an audio download (for instance, audios of the guided visualizations)
8. Links to merchandise related to the book. In Raising a Sensory Smart Child, my coauthor and I recommended at least 100 products that parents would find useful.
9. An added feature where you can buy book insurance so that should your device get stolen, lost, or broken and need replacing, you can get your e-library replaced for free.
10. Links to magazines and movies related to the book.
11. Multitude of font/background options for people who read a lot or have visual processing issues.
12. Easy way to make notes on the material.
13. Easy way to share notes on the material with other readers who can connect with you…In the tips section of my book, I’d love it if I could easily add tips and have readers submit their own, which anyone who owns the eBook could access.
Okay, that’s off the top of my head. The possibilities are endless. C’mon, publishers…get creative here!