In case you need something to captivate you this Saturday, I'm pointing you in the direction of a very cool on-line book experience. Amazing graphics, strong writing, suspenseful plots, and eerie music. Casey at Literary Rambles first introduced me to this link, and with all the discussion of e-books happening right now, I'm revisiting it as a vision of things to come. It's called Inanimate Alice, and the first four episodes are free to view on-line. And very cool. The episodes get longer as you go, and the puzzles get more difficult. I can imagine this sort of multimedia book becoming very popular once e-readers evolve. The words are written by Kate Pullinger, who has done another digital work called Flight Paths. The digital artist on both works? Chris Joseph.
What do you think? Would you write something which could be transformed into this sort of interactive book experience? Do you think this is one of the directions that books are moving in? Do we need to adapt as writers? (I think that writers are already adapting to the amount of self-promoting and internet presence that seems to be required these days.) I think that thinking about the future of publishing scares me a little, but imagining writing an Inanimate Alice story isn't scary at all. It's just cool.