Alert! News just in from Electric Book Works is that the much-anticipated e-book version of Lauren Beukes‘ dystopian novel, Moxyland, has been published and is available for download. This is the first major South African novel to appear in professional-quality e-book format. Moxyland having attracted comparison to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, it’s doubtless also the most appropriate text with which to open the digital publishing era in South Africa.
What’s more, the e-book comes with the Moxyland soundtrack produced by African Dope Records embedded in it – so you can read and listen at the same time.
The e-book is formatted for both the standard Adobe pdf Reader and the somewhat slicker Adobe Digital Editions reader (which was created specifically for e-books and, like the standard Reader, is free to download). It retails for much less than the hard copy. You can buy the Moxyland e-book right now for just $5.54 at Powells.com or $6.52 at ereadable.com.
Here’s the press release from Electric Book Works:
Electric Book Works has released the ebook edition of Moxyland, the first ebook to contain an embedded music soundtrack. The soundtrack was compiled by African Dope Records to suit the mood and feel of the book’s storyline. Arthur Attwell, Publishing Director of Electric Book Works says “To be worth buying and reading, an ebook should offer something that the print book can’t offer. Ebooks offer many possibilities, including sound, links, colour, interactivity, and an almost unlimited number of pages. It’s important to take advantage of these.”
The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) has announced that the US trade retail ebook sales to August are 53% up on last year, YTD. Internationally, leading publishers including HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan and Random House are investing heavily in the growing ebook market. And in South Africa, publishers are starting to put ebook strategies in place to meet the growing demand. Electric Book Works is already developing ebooks for several South African publishers. Recently at the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest and most important book fair in the world, digital media accounted for 30% of the products displayed at the fair.
Book Details – hard copy published by Jacana
- Moxyland by Lauren Beukes
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