Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Reading Enhanced



I love it when authors use technology to find exciting ways to present content!

Speaking of which, I recently came across this app called Byook. I had no idea what it was but I was in the mood for a good horror related app. It got great reviews and more importantly- it was free so, I installed it.
"Byook brings stories to life incorporating pictures, animations, and sound effects throughout captivating texts. Using codes and rules defined by movies, a byook strengthens the reader’s immersion and unleashes the true potential of Imagination."
I know, I'm late to the game but this app is like the awesomest thing ever. The byook, titled Little Fear, is a horror short story punctuated at each turn of the page with animations and great sound effects straight out of a movie. Even with these visuals, it still left enough to the imagination. The story itself was well-written.

Because I signed in with Facebook, the app literally put me in the story. I will admit, this was a little creepy but awesome at the same time. According to some reviews, people who hated reading loved this. Anything that gets none-readers to enjoy reading is okay by me.

But, this could be a slippery slope. I'm imagining a future where badly written books become popular simply because they have great sound effects and animations.

...Sounds familiar. There is a very popular poorly written series, unfortunately. I take comfort in the knowledge that 10 years from now, no one will remember it.

Byook is an interesting idea. Let's see how it develops.