Nightingale iBook Paves the Future of Reading and eBooks with New Enhancements

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David Farland's Nightingale iBook provides a glimpse into the future of reading, particularly for eBooks. The novel combines illustrations, animations, author interviews, and music with a captivating fantasy story. Sample it on iPad.

New York Times bestselling author David Farland and East India Press recently released the young adult fantasy novel Nightingale as an iBook available for iPads. The iBook version paves the future of reading, particularly with eBooks, by using ground-breaking enhancements.

Not only does Nightingale provide a thrilling story, but it incorporates illustrations, animations, author notes and interviews, and even music composed by James Guymon, head of the American Composer’s Guild. All of these elements bring the story to life, immersing readers in the characters’ world and providing insight to David Farland’s creative process. The Nightingale iBook’s revolutionary format appeals to both reluctant and seasoned readers, and gives them an idea of what to expect from books in the near future.

The novel follows 16-year-old Bron Jones, who was abandoned at birth. Thrown into foster care, he is rejected by one family after another, until he meets Olivia, a gifted and devoted high school teacher who recognizes him for what he really is—what her people call a "nightingale." Bron soon learns of secrets that have been hidden from humankind for hundreds of thousands of years, secrets that should remain hidden, and the secret surrounding Bron may prove to be the most dangerous of all.

Nightingale has already received recognition for its captivating storyline. The novel won the International Book Award for Young Adult Fiction and took the Grand Prize at the Hollywood Book Festival. Other successful writers such as James Dashner, author of the Maze Runner trilogy, and Paul Genesse, author of the Iron Dragon series have also praised it. Brandon Sanderson, who wrote the Mistborn series, remarked, “Nightingale has superb worldbuilding, strong characters, and Dave’s characteristic excellent prose. It was a quick read, fast moving, very fun!”

When asked about writing Nightingale, David Farland explained, “I decided with this novel that I wanted to write a story that will be remembered fifty years from now. I poured much more time and sweat into this than any author should in one novel to make this story sing at different levels, to speak one-on-one to people at different ages and times in their lives, to be read again and again.”

Farland also crafted Nightingale with the hope that it will spur technical advancements in books. He shares East India Press's vision that people everywhere are entering an age where the enhanced novel will require a troop of artists and professionals working together to produce something more than a novel. With Nightingale he created a story that could seamlessly implement that vision.

David Farland is the international bestselling author of nearly fifty books, including On My Way to Paradise, his science fiction novel that won the Philip K. Dick Memorial Special Award for Best Novel in the English Language, and In the Company of Angels, a historical piece that won the Whitney Award for Best Novel of the Year. He is best known, however, for his fantasy work, particularly his New York Times bestselling series The Runelords and his middle-grade series Ravenspell. He plans to make Nightingale into a four-book series.

For more information on Nightingale, visit the official website. You can purchase the iBook on iTunes.

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