How Can an eBook be different?
eBooks are organic and flexible. That’s something we focus on at Cool Gus Publishing. We can change a cover (like we just did with the Atlantis books). But we can also change the book itself. With the Internet, an audience can be engaged in a book like never before. As an author, I listen to my readers. So what can we do differently with this eBook given these capabilities?
We have a Facebook page set up and a blog for the book where people can post comments. But I’m thinking further. Should I consider possibly even rewriting the book into different version based on reader feedback? Change the ending? It’s a controversial topic, where I cover faith and intellect. The plot revolves around the apparent end of the world in three days. Some believe it’s the Rapture, but others see it as a scientific event they can battle. But what if both are wrong?
Do you believe in redemption? Do you believe that science trumps faith or the opposite? Or can they co-exist? How does your religious faith conflict (if at all) with what you have come to know as science? Or the how has science affected your faith? How do various religions across the globe handle such questions?
With such issues as this, I really want to get readers engaged and give them a positive reason to be actively involved in not just the story, but the storytelling itself.
The book will be available on 11 June 2012, so we have until then to add your thoughts to that version. But after the 30 days on Nook, it will go to other platforms, such as Kindle, Kobo, iTunes, etc. Please feel free, after reading I, Judas: The 5th Gospel to post your comments to either Facebook or our blog and based on reader reactions I could have another version based on reader engagement ready for all other platforms.
Also, what other suggestions do you have for reader engagement in eBooks? What would you like to see an author do in an eBook that would get you involved and keep a discussion going?