I first posted about video-enhanced books on my Writers Welcome Blog back in February, 2010. These new interactive books are called
“vooks” and, along with the written content, offer video, enriched imagery and social sharing!
Vooks Inc. offers these digital, interactive books and the company is growing in popularity and investment funding…just wrapping up $5.25 million in Series A financing from investors including VantagePoint Venture Partners and Floodgate Fund.
Are “Vooks” the Future of Book Publishing?
You can find a Sherlock Holmes book in just about any bookstore. But when you buy an interactive digital book called a “vook,” you get the “Sherlock Holmes Experience.”
So says Vook Inc., which offers digital books that combine video, text, photos and social sharing. Its Sherlock Holmes vook, for instance, features two classic stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – “The Man with the Twisted Lip” and “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” – and enhances them with videos that delve into the history and legend surrounding the character of Holmes.
Vook founder and Chief Executive Brad Inman said he believes he has found the future of publishing. Some investors agree. The company told VentureWire it has closed $5.25 million in Series A financing from investors including VantagePoint Venture Partners and Floodgate Fund, a firm founded by angel investor Michael Maples. Vook plans to add to its sales team and continue to accelerate the technology platform.