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Old 02-01-2012, 08:26 AM   #16
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The map looks really nice, though I'd say a nice high quality, easily accessible one should be part of every e-book if the paper version has one.
The hyperlinked Character Glossary is probably nice too, considering how many recurring characters there are in TSOIAF. But I have to admit that I don't see any reason not to include that in the normal e-books, besides wanting to sell a higher priced "special edition" of course .

The audio snippets seemed completely pointless to me.
Offering the complete audiobook with the novel to read along I could see as being interesting but that just felt interruptive without adding anything.
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Quite a few Military Fiction Authors have added maps to their hard copy books for years. Of course they were only interactive in that you had to turn the page to look at them.
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Most of my favorite fantasy books include maps in the hard copies. I just wish they did the same with the ebooks. Give me my maps back!

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(Note to Authors: Fantasy readers LOVE LOVE LOVE maps. I'm just saying...)
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Most of my favorite fantasy books include maps in the hard copies. I just wish they did the same with the ebooks. Give me my maps back!

/whine

(Note to Authors: Fantasy readers LOVE LOVE LOVE maps. I'm just saying...)
Maps are probably my biggest gripe with e-books. I find that most include them but if you can't zoom they really aren't very helpful. I've taken to tracking down a decent printable version on the net. I wish they would have a pdf version of the map "officially" available on the authors or publishers site.

And +1 to loving them!
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:04 PM   #19
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The map part is cool, but other than that, meh.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:17 PM   #20
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I thought the TV series was the enhanced edition.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:59 PM   #21
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There are ways audio can enhance the content other than just repeating what appears in the text or previewing the audio version of the book. For one thing, one could hear Dothraki as it's meant to be pronounced - something not possible in an audiobook since you wouldn't understand the audio!

I don't suppose this will make the ebook more valuable to everyone, but I like getting a feeling for the music of a language.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:20 PM   #22
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There are ways audio can enhance the content other than just repeating what appears in the text or previewing the audio version of the book. For one thing, one could hear Dothraki as it's meant to be pronounced - something not possible in an audiobook since you wouldn't understand the audio!

I don't suppose this will make the ebook more valuable to everyone, but I like getting a feeling for the music of a language.
I don't want to know how it's actually pronounced. I hate the way that sounds but it's true.

The enhanced ebook will take away my personal experience and give me someone else experience.

I'll pass. I don't even like books that use a movie picture as the cover.
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:21 PM   #23
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Quite a few Military Fiction Authors have added maps to their hard copy books for years. Of course they were only interactive in that you had to turn the page to look at them.
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And pretty much EVERY fantasy novel has maps .
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:56 PM   #24
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The enhanced version is currently freee in the Australian Amazon store. Thank you so much for the video link I was totally underwhelmed by the enhanced content but that was because I didn't know about the swipes to get the map working lol
Hey Melmac, I didn't know there was an Australian Amazon store and www.amazon.com.au take me to the UK store. What's more the youtube video was set in Apple iBooks. Can someone post a link to this free book please?

Confused.
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Old 02-02-2012, 10:14 PM   #25
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I don't want to know how it's actually pronounced. I hate the way that sounds but it's true.

The enhanced ebook will take away my personal experience and give me someone else experience.

I'll pass. I don't even like books that use a movie picture as the cover.
I subscribe to all of that, except maybe the names part. As far as pronunciation goes I'm equally fine both knowing and not knowing. Movie book covers is one of my pet hates.
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Old 02-03-2012, 01:03 AM   #26
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Hey Melmac, I didn't know there was an Australian Amazon store and www.amazon.com.au take me to the UK store. What's more the youtube video was set in Apple iBooks. Can someone post a link to this free book please?

Confused.
It's on www.amazon.com but only appears free if you have your region set to australia which is done under Manage my kindle - Country - Australia

The youtube video is in ibooks because the enhaced content only works on an Apple Device(I reckon it must work on a kindle fire too right?)
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Old 02-03-2012, 02:28 AM   #27
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Well... what's the point without 3D Maps? At least a little better than the one in the
3D version of Skyrim, come on let's keep up with the technology. I mean we just have
to have this new interconectable, phone home, server authorized, super DRM capable,
new epub format, to have these features that are being demanded by the ereading public - NOT!

I mean really - does anyone really believe that these new features are ones that the
readers wanted -or- are they ones that publishing and distribution corporations lobbied
and provided technical, and other, support for?

Luck;
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Old 02-03-2012, 04:34 AM   #28
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I want the map feature in my fantasy novels...the others I can take it or leave it
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:25 AM   #29
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I subscribe to all of that, except maybe the names part. As far as pronunciation goes I'm equally fine both knowing and not knowing. Movie book covers is one of my pet hates.
books that are reprinted merely to slap the movie/tv cover on them drive me nuts. the covers on the series weren't amazing to begin with but i really don't want to stare at sean bean. it makes a book feel...i don't know....cheap and tawdry like a movie novelization or something.
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books that are reprinted merely to slap the movie/tv cover on them drive me nuts. the covers on the series weren't amazing to begin with but i really don't want to stare at sean bean. it makes a book feel...i don't know....cheap and tawdry like a movie novelization or something.
I bought the original George Lucas Star Wars Novel. It did not have a movie cover because it was released before the movie. It did have "Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture" at the top. After reading it, I remember thinking it would make a good movie and I would like to go see it.
I forgot about the book by the time the movie came out and was sitting in the theater watching Star Wars and feeling that everything seemed so familiar. Then I realized I had read the book. Of course after the movie was released the books all had Movie Poster Covers.
Needless to say a book which did not sell well in it's initial release soon shot to number one on the book charts.
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