Meet Nelson, Coupland, and Alice — the faces of tomorrow’s book.
Back from September 2010 this cool video about the future of books, created by Ideo, a global design and innovation agency, explores some really fascinating ideas connected to how we may want to consume, explore, research and interact with digital books in the near future. Specifically:
a) What new experiences might be created by linking diverse discussions,
b) What additional value could be created by connected readers to one another, and
c) What innovative ways we might use to tell our favorite stories and build community around books?
"[this video] blows the binding off conventional notions of how we consume the written word.
In Ideo's telling, tomorrow's books will let you join online discussions, fact-check, and even dictate the particulars of a plot -- all in a tablet-friendly format."
To present all of the possible transformations that the ebook reading experience may take, in this video clip, Ideo has painted three potential new type of reading experiences and has given them three unique names:
"1) Nelson reinforces books as critical thinking tools, providing multiple perspectives, references, and current conversations on a single subject. The layers of information beyond the book itself provide greater context and encourages a deeper dive into the book throughout history and into the future.
2) Coupland addresses the challenge to stay on top of the thinking and writing in our world and professional field that so many of us feel. Readers can easily keep up with "must-reads" by following what colleagues are reading and interact with them through "book clubs" and other social layers (discussions, suggestions, lists, purchases) to help each other share and learn.
3) Alice explores new ways for users to interact and affect written narratives by introducing non-linear and game mechanics to reading. By introducing the reader's active participation, this concept "blurs the lines between reality and fiction." Certain interactions allow the reader to transcend traditional media by utilizing geographic location, communication with characters, and user contribution to storyline and plot."
Must-see video: 9/10
Original video: http://vimeo.com/15142335#
(Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas for uncovering this old gem)