For those of us who class ourselves as traditionalists, nothing beats the smell of a new book (or an old one for that matter) and the feel of real pages turning in our hands. Yet, many of us have also embraced the need to bring books into the modern era – with the e-book market going strong thanks to the likes of e-readers such as Amazon Kindle and Kobo trying to maintain some of the aspects of the real thing.
Despite e-books’ reputation as the killer of many author’s careers, some of the most successful authors are embracing the need to keep up with the times. One of those is the brilliant James Patterson, who takes the title as the first to sell over a million e-books and is now delving into social media to release his newest novel ‘The Chef’.
As of October 30, Facebook users will be able to access ‘The Chef’ through Facebook Messenger to not only read James Patterson’s newest crime thriller, but to also interact with characters, locations, sound and video snippets that tie into the story line. There will also be Instagram profiles for the main characters and live Q&A sessions with the author to discuss his work.
With so much digestible information around, many of us are steering clear of reading heavy articles and deciphering complicated story lines through pages of long text – after all, it’s much easier to watch the adaptations of famous novels on Netflix, right? That’s why James Patterson’s new approach is genius. Through creating an interactive experience with the audience, Patterson is making his readers work for their story instead of mindlessly watching it play out in a 1 hour episode. Readers need to get more involved and will still experience the thrill of not knowing what happens next.
Search in Facebook Messenger for James Patterson’s The Chef’ to discover the newest way to read your novels, otherwise the hardcover novel will be launched February 2019 for those who’d rather stick to tradition.
What do you think of interactive novels? Or do you think some things just need to be left as they once were? Let us know in the comments below!
Source: The Verge