E-Books! The Future! So bright it blinds me!
Clearly they’re a rapidly growing (and mutating) sector of the market, and publishers and authors are still fumbling their way to a model that makes sense for everyone, as well as trying to find various ways to make new uses of this new technology.
One thing we’d like to experiment with is the possibility of offering, alongside your common-or-garden e-books of The First Law (containing the same text you get when you buy a paper book), enhanced e-books, at a slightly higher price point, containing some manner of additional material. Exactly what this additional material would be is still a subject of some discussion, which is where you, the book-buying public (and, since you’re here, presumably the book-buying public with a more than passing interest in my work) come in.
Questions, therefore – Would you have any interest in such a product, and what styles of additional content would persuade you to part with a little more of your hard-earned and give you the sense you got value for money? Have you ever thought, “man, I wish this e-book included X“.
Incidentally, what you probably won’t get is extra fiction – new chapters and that kind of business. It’s work time for me that I, my publisher, and almost certainly you as well, would rather I devoted to new books and stories. But early drafts, deleted bits and pieces, notes and plans, interviews with me and others involved with the project, that type of stuff might well be possible…
Speak to me, O Market.