Sourcebooks uses DNL eBook Technology to Launch an Innovative First: Exploring What Digital Books Can Be

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On November 18, 2008, Sourcebooks launched the first of their enhanced digital books. These are innovative digital products that allow the reader an immersion experience in the book.

Marty Stuart's American Odyssey

Sourcebooks have launched the first of their enhanced digital books. These are innovative digital products that allow the reader an immersion experience in the book--a digital book powered by DNAML's DNL eBook Reader that delivers an enhanced reader experience, integrates audio, video, and images into the text, and creates for the reader a greater theater of the mind.

The first title is be 'Country Music: The Masters'--a photographic love letter to the founders and legends of country music by four time Grammy winner, master musician and storyteller Marty Stuart.

On sale now, the p-book (physical book) is a revolutionary photography and history experience of nearly 400 photos. Country music's renaissance man Marty Stuart opens the vaults of his studio and his private collection of more than 20,000 items of memorabilia. A born storyteller and host of XM Radio's "Marty Stuart's American Odyssey," Stuart recalls nearly an hour of eye-opening, heart-warming, often hilarious stories behind the photos, included on one audio CD. In this unique book-and-CD pairing, Stuart's enhanced CD--available only with this book--also includes the first release of the song and video of "Dark Bird," his tribute to Johnny Cash. This new recording may well be the first time that a song has been released first in a book. It is an incredible gift that retails for $49.95.

On November 18, Sourcebooks launched the digital version of 'Country Music: The Masters', which integrates and expands the experience. The book has:

  • All of the nearly 400 photographs--many available to enlarge
  • Marty Stuart telling the story behind the photographs on 21 audio tracks--one full audio CD. But now the audio is integrated into the pages of the photographs
  • Plus the never-before released song "Dark Bird," Marty Stuart's poignant tribute to Johnny Cash integrated into the book along with the music video.
  • Plus a 13-minute video on the making of 'Country Music: The Masters', evoking the mood, rhythm, and ambience of the country music experience. This video is not available in the physical book.

Customers can experience this innovative enhanced digital experience for $19.95. To preview the ditigal book, visit

"Sourcebooks has been the leading publisher of mixed media books for over a decade with bestselling titles such as 'We Interrupt This Broadcast' and 'Poetry Speaks'," says Dominique Raccah, publisher of Sourcebooks. "We believe digital books can be an even larger canvas from which immersive experiences explode. 'Country Music: The Masters' is the first of these experiential digital books and it's getting incredible response."

"This project is very exciting; the content we have been developing with Sourcebooks is pushing the envelope of the evolving multi-media eBook concept," says Adam Schmidt, CEO and Founder of DNAML. "DNAML's DNL eBook technology is now regarded as the pioneer of the multi-media eBook and we look forward to the release of the rest of the Sourcebooks titles."

The digital version of 'Country Music: The Masters' will be released first on , and then through other distributors and retailers who will make them available to libraries, corporations, academic markets, and consumers.

The next digital titles in line for release are the New York Times bestselling children's picture book, 'I Love You More' by Laura Duksta, and 'Macbeth', part of the Sourcebooks Shakespeare series of plays that include an integrated audio CD with 25 performances by different actors throughout the twentieth century, narrated by Sir Derek Jacobi.

About DNAML:
Headquartered in Sydney, Australia, DNAML Pty Limited is a software development company specializing in e-publishing solutions.

Over the past ten years DNAML has created innovative products in the in the field of electronic publishing, based around its document-authoring system, Desktop Author. Desktop Author can be used to create multi-media empowered, interactive and secure eBooks in the DNL eBook format.

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