The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Enhanced eBook

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, it’s sad that it doesn’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.