This book is an outstanding example of what can be done in the enhanced e-book format, and an excellent example to print publishers by the Museum and Artepublishing of the tremendous power of enhanced e-books in the New Media. "Whither the Book"
(PRWEB) January 14, 2013
Innovation is rampant in the world of publishing these days. With e-readers, tablets, smart phones and other devices, a whole world of opportunities in enriching text content with illustrations, audio, video, hyperlinks and other features are available. But how does one find what the best e-books are? The prestigious Publishing Innovation Awards was created to have a panel of distinguished publishing professionals select some of the very best e-books of each year.
The publishing process has been turned upside down. While just a few years ago, the normal process was for a printed book to be converted to an e-book, now tens of thousands of books are e-book originals.
The Publishing Innovation Awards has an award for books that are published first as e-books, the "Best Digital First E-book". One of the two finalists for the 2013 award for this category is Great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings - The Musée d'Orsay published by ArtePublishing.
What makes this Impressionists book so innovative? It can be read like a normal art book. There are over two hundred featured illustrations of paintings in the Musée d'Orsay, Paris, which has the world's greatest collection of Impressionist art, along with texts and captions. But that's where the similarity to a traditional art book ends. The illustrations can all be enlarged to see fine details of the paintings. In addition to the texts, there are over three hours of audio commentaries by Dr. Charles F. Stuckey, one of the world's foremost authorities on Impressionist art. There is a built in dictionary to look up words, and if a word or name is not in the dictionary, there are links to Wikipedia and the Internet. But perhaps the greatest innovation of the ebook is the more than 500 specially curated hyperlinks to learn more about the artists, their lives, and their works. Do you like the "Whistler's Mother" painting in the Orsay and want to see Whistler paintings in the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the National Gallery of Art, Washington? Click a button and you're there. Want to read the complete letters of Van Gogh? Click a button. A video about Monet's Water Lilies? Click a button. The complete catalogue of Manet's 1867 exhibition across from the Paris World's Fair? Click a button. There is a hardly a limit to the knowledge that can be learned by following the trail that these 500 curated links create.
Since its publication in July, 2012, Great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings has been a strong seller in the iBookstore, having gone as high as number 40 on the best seller list, out of more than 1,500,000 available ebooks!
In honor of its selection as a finalist in the Publishing Innovation Awards, Great Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings is being made available for a limited time at the Apple iBookstore for the specially reduced price of only $.99.
Available at the iBookstore. http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/isbn9781938153020
For more information contact Hugh(dot)Levin(at)Artepublishing(dot)com