Enhanced Ebooks: Joe Abercrombie’s Survey Results on Extra Features

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III   in Ebooks

Should you ever want to find an open survey about what sort of added features readers might enjoy in their ebook purchases, Joe Abercrombie has done us all a favor by asking that question on his blog (note: there’s more than one page of comments).

There are many interesting ideas you’ll find there, but after reading those responses for inspiration, here are some things that I’m considering.

1) Hyperlinks within the book to help readers understand or remember certain proper nouns. Can’t remember what the god Oderigo is all about? Where the city of Remaes is? Make the glossary easy to access.

2) Author notes on certain pivotal chapters, something like what Brandon Sanderson does on his website with his annotations.

3) Original music, inspired by the book. I hope to work with some very talented musician friends on this. In many formats, this would be something I’d have to link to.

4) The very, very first draft of the very first chapter I wrote for the book (which was terrible, by the way).

5) A print author interview. I noticed that N.K. Jemisin has one in the back of the print version of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms; I thought this was a nice feature.

6) An audio interview with the author, or a link to one.

7) Something along the lines of this comment from “Cyrus” on Joe Abercrombie’s blog:

But I would be willing to pay a few extra bucks for some good insight into how your work evolved, your personal stories about inspiration, and maybe little things that were added in I may have missed on the first read through.

Since this would be for my first novel, I’m thinking about adding some of these extras without raising the price.

What do you think? Are there any extras that you’d love to see in ebooks?


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4 comments so far

David Scholes

There are some excellent ideas here most of which I had never thought of.

I’m about to publish an E-book shortly called “Soldier of the Brell” and through the Xlibris site.

Your ideas above are something to think on.

Here’s a couple more of my publications:




July 14th, 2010 at 3:29 am

What I would like to know is why ebooks get less content. For instance, most fantasy books come with maps. Why are they left out of their counterparts?

August 23rd, 2010 at 9:51 am
Moses Siregar III

Good point, Lamagra. I had to scan a copy of some maps and send them to a friend who was reading a fantasy ebook recently.

Reproducing images in ebooks is problematic mainly because of the size of the screen. Text can be reformatted for small screens without losing readability, but images can only be so big on most ereading devices. It is a weakness in the smaller ereaders.

In those cases, I think it would be nice if the ebook linked to larger maps on the web.

August 23rd, 2010 at 10:03 am

Links to maps is an excellent idea. You should suggest it to the likes of Amazon.
I know it sounds daft but I like the sound when you turn a page. I don’t see any reason why that sound effect couldn’t be incorporated into an ebook.
Some people have suggested ambient music but I think I would find that off putting. People read at different speeds so i’m not sure how the music would work. Unless it was on a loop, in which case it could get even more annoying.

August 24th, 2010 at 2:25 pm

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