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Digi-novel combines a book, movie and a website

CSI creator releases digi-novel
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Anthony Zuiker, creator of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation television series, is releasing what he calls a digi-novel, which will combine a book, movie and a website, according to Reuters.

The crime novel ‘Level 26’ launched today, and will invite readers to log on to a website about every 20 pages using a special code to watch a cyber-bridge (a three-minute video clip) tied to the story.

Readers will also be able to discuss and contribute to the story.

‘Just doing one thing great is not going to sustain business. The future of business in terms of entertainment will have to be the convergence of different mediums. So we did that – publishing, movies and a website,’ said Zuiker.

He said he did not believe the digi-novel would ever replace traditional publishing, but said the business did need a shot in the arm.

Zuiker put together a 60-page outline for the novel, which was written by Duane Swierczynski, and wrote and directed the cyber-bridges, although the book can read without watching these.

Apple touchscreen tablet

Increasingly, people are reading books on electronic readers like the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader. However, these devices don’t, at present, play video. Apple is reportedly developing a touchscreen tablet, which some envision as a multimedia device that could play videos.

Zuiker said people’s attention span was becoming shorter and shorter and that it was important to give people more options on how they consumed entertainment and books.

‘Every TV show in the next five, 10 years will have a comprehensive microsite or website that continue the experience beyond the one-hour television to keep engaging viewers 24/7,’ he said. ‘Just watching television for one specific hour a week … that’s not going to be a sustainable model going forward.’

‘When the book finished and the bridges finished, I wanted the experience to continue online and in a social community.’

Zuiker said he came up with the idea for the digi-novel during the three-month TV writers strike in 2007 and 2008.

You can order Level 26 from the website. The book costs £10.39. 

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