[Review] Vook: Books and Videos come together – but is that a good thing?

I've been following Vook (the company) for awhile and was excited to see that they've wasted no time releasing their first Vook (the product). For a customer and reviewer, the nomenclature and lack of distinction between the company and the product can be a real PITA.

As for the product, here's a description from Vook.com:

A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video and the power of the Internet into a single, complete story.

Given current trends - the challenges of the book publishing industry, the adoption of ebooks, the use of the iPhone and other portable devices becoming more pervasive, near ubiquitous wireless broadband - I found the concept of Vook (the product) intriguing. This review is based on a thriller entitled The Embassy by Robert Doetsch.

There are two types of Vooks:

  1. Those that are sold as iPhone apps
  2. Those that are browser based

Each share the same basic premise - mixing text with complementary video - but with slightly different approaches. Here I review both types.

Does Amazon want to be in the Hardware Business?

I found this post at iReaderReview about the need for the next generation of the Kindle (what the author calls the "Kindle 3") to have "Killer Features" in order to compete with the new threats to the Kindle's market success. While it's an interesting analysis, there are some key points that the author fails to… Continue reading Does Amazon want to be in the Hardware Business?

How to Create Great Media at Conferences and Events

Conferences and other events can be great opportunities to connect with thought leaders in your industry and create buzz around your attendance while you're there. One way to do this is to capture audio and video interviews with influentials while you're there and post them in your blog, web site, podcast or on YouTube and… Continue reading How to Create Great Media at Conferences and Events

AdSense Ad of the Day

This isn't the first time I've posted interesting or funny AdSense ads, but it is the first time I've thought to name/categorize them. So here it is: AAOTD. I've had a few dog-related posts here since we lost Oliver and recently adopted Lucy, so AdSense ads for dog-related products and services are expected. However, I… Continue reading AdSense Ad of the Day

Do you change your avatar?

A little social media minutiae for you today. Lee Odden got me thinking about avatars. You know - those little images that represent you all over your social media profiles? Do you have a single image that represents you everywhere? Do you have different ones? Do you change them frequently? Let me pose a question… Continue reading Do you change your avatar?