New Ways to Look at Books

Barbara Vey -- October 8th, 2010
JeanAnn and Ayelet of Pocket

JeanAnn and Ayelet of Pocket

It’s been a great birthday week here in the big apple.  Wednesday I had lunch with the marketing whizzes at Pocket Books, JeanAnn and Ayelet.  My first time at a Kosher restaurant and I’m told the main difference is no cheese.  Not what someone from Wisconsin wants to hear.  We had a great time and they were very excited to tell me about their Pocket After Dark site an online community of urban fantasy and romance readers, where top authors share exciting new content and interact with fans.

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Pineapple Cosmo

Pineapple Cosmo

Last night, I got to go to The View which is located at the top of the Marriott.  It’s a revolving restaurant that offers a spectacular view of the city.  I watched the sunset and then saw Times Square all lit up.  A pineapple Cosmo was my birthday drink (yummy) and finished off with an array of desserts to die for.  Many thanks for all the wonderful birthday wishes and my son even called from Germany (he’s there on business).  But, since I believe in celebrating the birthday month, I finish off when I get home.

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In the meantime, I lunched with Leah Hultenschmidt, senior editor of Sourcebooks.  Always ready to give me the next breakout book, she handed me iDrakula, a Young Adult book by Bekka Black.  To keep things fresh, the first 2/3 of this book is available as an app on a phone.  Then you can buy the rest of it if you want.  It’s also available in book form, which is how I read it in an afternoon.  It’s a hoot!  Done all in text messaging and emails, it tells the Dracula story using a present day setting, technology and teen talk.  I laughed out loud and constantly felt the urge to tell anyone around me what was happening (“Listen to this!”)  Refreshing and delightful, I downloaded it to my iPhone and can’t wait to share it with everyone I know.  The back of the book also mentions voice messages that you can listen to if you have the app.

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I also received the phone app for Dark-Hunters: An Insiders Guide.  This app offers Dark-Hunter stories and interviews with the author, Sherrilyn Kenyon.  I enjoy reading from my iPhone because it’s back-lit and great for those moments when you’re stuck somewhere without a book.  Whenever you come across a character’s name, you can click on it and receive info on that character including what books they appeared in.  This looks to be a must have item for any Dark-Hunter fan.

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Cedar Cove

Cedar Cove

Debbie Macomber doesn’t have a phone app, but she’s brought her town of Cedar Cove online.  At the site you’ll find pages that offer points of interest, news, fun things to do and restaurants and even the current weather.   While the series is based on her home town of Port Orchard, the ficticious Cedar Cove has a lot to offer including Debbie’s books.

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What new things have you seen that take reading books in a whole new direction?

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Bottom Line: I think it’s time I consider a Beyond Her Book phone app just so I can make my kids get it for their phones.

28 thoughts on “New Ways to Look at Books

  1. Gina

    If a Beyond Her Book app is in the works make sure there is a droid app released at the same. Us droid users need our Barbara Vey fix too!!

  2. JoAnn Ross

    While I love everyone at NAL, and am hugely happy there, I enjoyed working with JeanAnn when I was at Pocket. She’s super. Happy Belated Birthday!! Sounds as if you had a great day!

    Btw, my sweetie once went to a conference on Lake Geneva. He said he’d never been served so much cheese in his life! LOL

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