C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ebook has been enhanced, with multimedia. It is in EPUB format and is available on iBooks for US$10.
It is a natural evolution of the ebook to include multimedia. I can see the potential especially for multimedia etextbooks and ebooks like The Chronicles of Narnia.
But there is a problem that needs to get untangled and Wired sums it up quite well:
Again and again, enhanced e-books bump up against rights that have already been sold and assigned. The video content, including an animated timeline/summary of the story, is solid, but considering the e-book is intended as a cross-promotion with the film, itâ€™s sad that it doesnâ€™t even include previews from the film.
Wouldn’t it be great if there was tighter integration of all multimedia assets? But sometimes, actually most of the time, I would rather read a regular book made of high quality paper with nothing but beautiful typography to stimulate my imagination of a different world.