Ebook suitable for smartphones to tell stories taking advantage of the characteristics of perpetually connected mobile devices, is the new experiment launched by Google, in collaboration with Visual Editions , in the publishing project Editions At Play : a new way of making ebooks that amplifies the experience of reading by integrating the dynamics of the web into the text. Amplified, connected books, fluids that cannot exist on a simple printed paper. Immaterial and feasible texts that exploit the potential of smartphones.
Short texts designed to offer a reading experience that appears immediately different from the one we are used to but which is accessible through a short presentation. An experience that involves, intrigues and consciously puts the reader in front of an experimental way of reading without creating a hindrance to the development of history.
At the moment there are only two texts available in English: Entrance and exits by Reif larsen, and The Truth About Cats & Dogs by Sam Riviere by Joe Dunthorne.
In the first, the story develops through words and scenarios that you can see and follow. Through a series of doors, the reader traverses the settings of the story through the streets of Google Street View, with images that can be navigated 360 °.
In the second, which combines the works of a novelist and a poet, the story does not have a unique way of being read, there is a double reading that tells it from two different points of view, in which everyone can have the last word .
A new model of writing that exploits the potential of the network, of connection to offer authors and artists endless possibilities to create.