Bulk-Free Deluxe Reads

Enhanced_300pxBesides the ease, space-saving, and environmental perks of digital books, the nature of the format allows for those in the book-making business to do some pretty cool stuff in a very "Wonder Twins, activate" way where we find a best-of-all-worlds marriage among the many wonderful elements that bring a story to life.

Enhanced content, deluxe edition, extra features, bonus material - whatever you want to call it - more and more publishers are stepping out and up with their versions of bulked-up, Wonder Twin reading experiences. Whether you are an early adopter of digital, a late adopter, or still a skeptic, you have to admit these enhanced editions are pretty cool… and the industry is just getting started.

Here is a small sampling of what is out there now:

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In the classics column: To Kill a Mockingbird - yes, you've heard of it and chances are you read it back in sixth grade, but have you experienced the story with Sissy Spacek performing the audio-book, or with video footage from the documentary Hey Boo: Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird which includes Oprah Winfrey, Tom Brokaw, Anna Quindlen, Wally Lamb, Alice Finch Lee and others discussing Harper Lee and the book? This edition also includes excerpts from Harper Lee’s final radio interview, and footage from the film.
 

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Elvis Costello's Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink features two hundred additional images of everything from Costello's lyric notebooks to his family's documents and photos. Over an hour of excerpts from the audio edition are also featured, including several anecdotes that were ultimately omitted from the book.
 

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The special enhanced edition of American Sniper features more than 10 exclusive videos of Chris Kyle and an additional 15 images, with descriptions, of the weapons used by the armed forces in their fight against terrorism overseas.
 

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Dan Brown fans can get exclusive behind-the-scenes video of research trips throughout Italy, and a fascinating twenty-five minute video of his book launch presentation in New York City in the Inferno: Special Illustrated Edition.
 

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The Kindle in Motion version of Patricia Cornwell's Ripper: The Secret Life of Walter Sickert incorporates material from Portrait of a Killer and includes eight new chapters, detailed maps and hundreds of images that bring the sinister case to life in a whole new way.
 
 

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