A new e-reader has just hit the market that has built in GPS that will change key locations in an e-book. Basically, this means that the book makes references to the city or place the reader is in as he progresses through the novel.
This new e-reader called The Tripbook features e-paper technology that will give you an experience similar to a Kindle or Kobo. It is a byproduct of the ‘365 Reasons To Smile’ campaign, that Brazilian loyalty program Smiles developed as part of their 20th anniversary. The book was written by Brazil author Marcelo Rubens Paiva and the construction of the interactive digital edition was done by FCB Brazil.
I think removing the notion of a specific “place” from a the body of a piece of literature can completely destroy the context. It’s akin to dropping the Pyramids of Giza in Kansas.
Michael Kozlowski has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.