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Old 02-03-2009, 08:23 PM   #1
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Watched Any Good Books Lately? HarperCollins Tries 'Video Books'

For those who don't have the time to listen to an audiobook, let alone read a hardback or e-Book, HarperCollins brings you: the video book. Perhaps fittingly, the first author to get the video treatment is BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis, whose book, What Would Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Do?, will be available in all the other formats as well, WSJ notes. News Corp.'s HarperCollins has been noted for its digital experiments the past few years, but it's still being cautious about the prospects for video books. It expects to produce about six titles for video in house, which will be available for download on iPods and iPhones. Authors will receive 25 percent of the sales, about the same for e-Books. HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray didn't care to guess how many v-books the company will sell.

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Old 02-03-2009, 09:08 PM   #2
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But....wouldn't that be a movie?
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:58 PM   #3
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But....wouldn't that be a movie?
Hey, Hollywood seems to be doing quite well just making books, comics and anime (and old movies) into movies. Why let them have all the fun?

Brings new meaning to the phrase, "strait to video!"
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Old 02-03-2009, 10:40 PM   #4
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But....wouldn't that be a movie?
You took the words right out of my hands. It never fails to amaze me what some people come up with.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:07 PM   #5
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Is this a video and text combination? I wouldn't mind that for some textbooks. Lectures and animations can really help with some subjects.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:19 PM   #6
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I think this may have some merit.

One of my most pleasant experiences was watching...I think it was Eileen Atkins, "perform" an adaption of Virginia Woolf's extended essay A Room of One's Own. Now, the essay in itself is certainly a pleasant read, but its performance (like an aural performance of a book) added another dimension to it, and, in my opinion, suitably enhanced and enlivened it. This "lecture-style" of performance is, to me, quite interesting (I similarly was rapt in the late Spalding Gray's Terrors of Pleasure) and I can see other such notions, such as it extending to the still-popular "storyteller" performance.

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Old 02-04-2009, 02:53 AM   #7
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Another great series was "Talking Heads" by Alan Bennett, which was produced by BBC2. Each episode was a thirty-minute monologue which had some terrific actors.
I have no idea how the loot is divided, but here's a link:

http://www.samepoint.com/?q=talking%20heads

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Oy. $10 for 23 minutes?

What the hell is wrong with book publishers? "here's an interesting idea... Let's kill it by pricing it ridiculously."

Welcome to eBooks a decade ago.
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Old 02-04-2009, 04:37 AM   #9
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Is this a video and text combination? I wouldn't mind that for some textbooks. Lectures and animations can really help with some subjects.
and now, how the mitochondria works, starring jean claude vandame
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Old 02-04-2009, 05:02 AM   #10
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and now, how the mitochondria works, starring jean claude vandame
for the visual (I want to watch Steven Seagal do chloroplasts).

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Old 02-04-2009, 06:58 AM   #11
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Is this a video and text combination? I wouldn't mind that for some textbooks. Lectures and animations can really help with some subjects.
If you read the "Washington Post" article, it says that it's a person reading to a camera, but not reading text from the actual book - more presenting a spoken summary of what the book says.

I really can't see it catching on, but stranger things have happened!
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If you read the "Washington Post" article...
I don't want to read it; I want to watch a video of someone summarising it!
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How odd "Instead of reading directly from the book, [...] Jarvis runs through the basic concepts in the book"

I could see Jackanory-style video books catching on, but not summaries of the basic plot or themes.

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For those who don't have the time to listen to an audiobook, let alone read a hardback or e-Book, HarperCollins brings you: the video book. Perhaps fittingly, the first author to get the video treatment is BuzzMachine's Jeff Jarvis, whose book, What Would Google (NSDQ: GOOG) Do?, will be available in all the other formats as well, WSJ notes. News Corp.'s HarperCollins has been noted for its digital experiments the past few years, but it's still being cautious about the prospects for video books. It expects to produce about six titles for video in house, which will be available for download on iPods and iPhones. Authors will receive 25 percent of the sales, about the same for e-Books. HarperCollins CEO Brian Murray didn't care to guess how many v-books the company will sell.

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Old 02-04-2009, 09:22 AM   #14
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The only use I can see for this is as an alternative to cliff notes.
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The only use I can see for this is as an alternative to cliff notes.
Yes, that's what immediately occured to me too! A "Cliff's Notes for the iPod Generation", perhaps?
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