With the rise of e-reading, how has the nature of authorship changed? Andrea Buchanan, the author of the new multimedia young adult novel, "Gift"—and the co-author of the bestselling "The Daring Book For Girls"—joins Ben and Joel to talk about the challenges of writing for a digital format.
Questions considered in this podcast:
• Why would a traditional author move into creating "multimedia" books?
• Are elements like music, games, and videos an integral part of today's reading experience? Or are they just bells and whistles?
• How is writing a book different in a digital format? Is it more like a movie project, with a series of specialists helping create a single work? Or is the author still the author?
• Will writers continue to eke out a living this way?
• Is there a stigma against digital publication among authors and publishers?
• What happens when the post-apocalyptic America with no electricity arrives? Are e-books too ephemeral? Is Jonathan Franzen right that they endanger democracy?
• What's the best way to bring kids along as readers? Print or digital devices?
• Is the death of print greatly exaggerated?
Music heard in this podcast: Selections from the multimedia novel "Gift."
Like The Ben and Joel Podcast? Subscribe in iTunes.