No, that’s not a misspelling. It’s just a description of a new combination of book and video. How would you like to read one of your favorite books but find it interspersed with frequent video clips to help bring the story to life? Obviously, it’s a natural integration and now technology has made it quite easy to do.
My son Jared and I are writing a book on the differing generational approaches to work. Do you think a traditional 240-page tradebook is the best format to reach the 25-35 yr-old audience? What about a vook that provides the concepts of new work models, combined with video that shows his work with the women they are bringing out of poverty in Rwanda? And rather than just a word description, how would you like to see a one-minute video of the lady carving two large faces on the sides of a tree in my yard; providing a real example of the non-traditional work options available today. Rather than having a clunky book to lug around in your backpack you can pull the vook up on your computer screen or simply download it to your iPhone. And instead of $24.95, how about paying $6.99 for regular download or $4.99 for the iPhone version?
And here’s another indication of change. Knowing people’s increasingly short attention span, iMinds has launched a series of eight-minute audiobooks that offer compact overviews of general knowledge subjects ranging from a history of whale hunting to creationism. For $0.99 you can choose the MindTrack that appeals to you.
What is it in your world that needs a serious update? What process or product are you still trying to use or sell that simply needs to be discarded? Have you developed or at least imagined a newer, better way to serve the same purpose? How could your work be done quicker and more efficiently?
The U.S. automobile industry waited too long to make the necessary changes. The music industry is reeling from the changes demanded by their consumers. The publishing world is being torn apart by readers sharing digital content as opposed to buying a heavy, eco-negative book. Universities are struggling to maintain fancy campuses as students prefer simple distance learning.
Not all change is progress – but all progress requires change.