Making them BeautifulWith ePic, the user always feels like they’re handling a book … it never feels like software. Our goal is to make the device disappear. There’s ever any kind of distraction that pulls the user out of the story. eBooks are convenient. You can buy them anytime. You can take them anywhere. But with a print book, designers can use all kinds of materials to make them beautiful, to make a book a work of art. Why can’t we do that with an eBook? Why shouldn’t eBooks be beautiful?
Mixing in the MagicWe’ve added all kinds of subtle interactive elements and surprises. Some you might not notice, at least not at first. Some are a little more … obvious. For example?
ePic Books have a music soundtrack … a low and subtle mood setter for each chapter. We can also add author commentary, like the director’s commentary option on a DVD.
Maybe you find a beautiful painted illustration … but when you tap it, it comes alive in a segment of Hollywood-quality video. If as if every ePic book comes with the movie version built right in!
There’s a map at the beginning of the book that lets you to track the characters, so you always know exactly where they are at any point in the story. You can also use the map to access story-relevant games that make you feel like they are actually a part of the story. The games might even unlock little side stories or new content.
That’s not allWe’ve found all kinds of little surprises we can add, just to remind the reader that they’re not reading an ordinary book. For example? There’s a synopsis. If you starts a book, then have to set it aside for a while, you can read a synopsis that’ll remind you of what’s happened in the story … but only up to the point where you’ve read! No spoilers with ePic. The same thing happens with the character glossary.
You can even even switch to the audio version, and then switch back, and the book and the synopsis will keep up with them.
Parents can toggle a control to make a book written for adults more appropriate for younger readers … effectively making an R rated book PG or PG 13.
The book even measures a user’s reading speed at any given time, so we can time little special effects and surprises. For example, maybe the book is a jungle adventure, and our hero hears a lion roar off in the distance. We can play a low, subtle sound effect right as the reader’s eye touch that sentence. It’s a magic book.
Social MediaReading has always been a solitary experience. But it doesn’t have to be.
ePic We’ve integrates social media. You can share your favorite passages on Twitter or Facebook … or share your game scores and prizes … or interact with other readers in your area, or all around the world. It’s a great way to build community, and to help us generate buzz for our ePic titles … and yours.
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