Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

May 7, 2010

CyberKill Chosen as Pilot for Book 3.0 – The Future of Publishing

Filed under: CyberKill,On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 6:04 PM

We first had Book 1.0 – the printed word on dead trees.

Next we had Book 2.0 – the electronic version on eBook readers like Kindle, Nook and Sony’s Reader. These only replicate the printed book experience.

Now comes Book 3.0.

And my new novel CyberKill will enter the world of Book 3.0 from my publisher and I am very excited about it. It will be used as a pilot model for TrapDoor Books’ Book 3.0 project.

What is Book 3.0?

Imagine this. A whole new form of media that transcended both the printed and eBook versions.

The lines blurred between fiction and non-fiction, Web 1.0 and Web 2.0, reality and alternative realities – that combines words, music, videos, cinema, the Internet, social media – anything that can be digitized. A revolution in comprehensive publishing that crosses all media bounds and offers to combine all digital media into one comprehensive reading experience pulling in movie scenes, book trailers, and music videos about the book and creates a whole new form of a media experience.

Let’s look at Book 3.0 in action.

An electronic novel where users can choose to play a music file or  music video about the book while reading the story.

Or perhaps, the reader can listen to the audio version of the book, turn it off, switch to the electronic version, and not lose your place.

Or you can highlight a section of text and either Tweet it or email it to a friend.

Click on a location in the story and a map appears from Google Earth showing you the location.

You could also click on a character’s name and view a complete bio of him or her and their Facebook or MySpace page.

A small icon can be placed in the book and, when clicked on, invite the reader to a crowdsourcing event.

Advertising supported books becomes a reality. A reader would be shown a pop-up ad if they received the book for free and can be turned off if they purchased the book.

Each chapter can end with a link to a forum or social network of choice to discuss the book with others.

It will also give the user a chance to hear the audio of the author discussing the chapter and why it is important, the motivations for moving the plot in a particular direction, etc.

Each section of the book could end with a diversion like a free-to-play Flash Game.

And finally, an alternate reality game or extended experience can be linked to as to make the story immersive, blurring the lines between reality and fiction with video feeds from web cams of the characters.

Book 3.0 is a game changer and I’m excited to know that CyberKill will be a pilot model of this type and look forward to being on the cutting edge of publishing.



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  2. What a terrific idea! This demonstrates the ability to transcend and deliver multiple layers of informaiton never before possible.

    Best wishes to a wonderful author and an exciting book.

    Charles Weinblatt
    Author, Jacob’s Courage

    Comment by cweinblatt — May 9, 2010 @ 12:52 PM | Reply

  3. Cyberkill .. multi-media. Great ideas and great fun. But it’s not a book. A book, for me, is something created in the imagination by words on the page. I don’t want that experience interrupted by video or music or biogs of characters (when they should be conveyed sufficiently in the etxt).

    But there’s nothing wrong with the Cyberkill idea. And it could be great fun. And a new way of experiencing a story.

    But it’s not a book.

    Comment by Nigel Jay Robson — May 9, 2010 @ 3:30 PM | Reply

  4. Not to worry, Nigel. Several other books Frank claims to have written aren’t what he says they are, either.(Nor is he, as he claims, a “bestselling author.”

    Comment by Abigail — May 9, 2010 @ 11:51 PM | Reply

    • Dear Abigail – you are mistaken. I AM a best selling author of over 50,000 copies of my non-fiction books. That’s a best seller in anyone’s book. If you would read my post on becoming a mid-list author you will see that a best successful author can be as little as 5000 copies.

      I’ve far surpassed that with two of my books that sold over 25,000 copies each.

      Comment by Frank Fiore — May 10, 2010 @ 9:36 AM | Reply

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