Sent to you by Sean McBride via Google Reader: E-books mean more than just digital text via TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home by Paul Biba on 11/28/08 We most often think of e-books as digitized text coupled with a convenient reading medium. But there is a lot more to e-books than that if you use your imagination. Here’s an excerpt of a story from the Australian paper The Age. Take a look at the full text here.
In its current incarnation, Christoph Benda’s first novel requires that you a) be able to read German and b) have an internet connection. Benda’s work, Senghor on the Rocks, is a geo-referenced electronic novel in which the text is combined with an embedded map mash-up from Google Maps on a website. The map, which is fixed in the “Satellite View” mode, moves as the location changes in the novel and every page of text is accompanied by a corresponding map. The geo-novel is an adaption of a book written by Benda, a former advertising copywriter now working at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and is based on his travels in the African nation of Senegal. “For me, the project always has been related to a map in a certain sense. Only that it wasn’t hi tech, online satellite imagery but the rather worn out paper map I had carried with me throughout all my time in Africa,” says Benda who wrote the book between 2002 and 2005. Things you can do from here: - Subscribe to TeleRead: Bring the E-Books Home using Google Reader - Get started using Google Reader to easily keep up with all your favorite sites