Enhanced ebooks have opened up new publishing possibilities in nearly every genre, from children’s books to textbooks to science fiction. Embedded videos, stunning full-color photographs, and audio clips have allowed readers to immerse themselves in the content like never before.
The National Gallery in London has now released its own enhanced ebook to coincide with its showing of Titian’s painting based on the mythological poetry of Ovid earlier this year. What began as a paperback to accompany the paintings is now an enhanced ebook for tablets, complete with commissioned poetry by some of the UK’s leading contemporary poets.
Interestingly, this ebook is in a fixed layout in order to maintain the line spacing that is so vitally important to the rhythm of poetry. Poetry for e-reader has been an obstacle for some due to the variations in screen size and optional increases or decreases in font size, which can impact the important line breaks.
The National Gallery’s ebook, titled Metamorphosis: Titian 2012, contains stunning renditions of the painters works, each alongside a poem encompassing the writer’s sentiments on that particular painting. It affords both art of poetry fans a new way to appreciate either or both. It is available now on iTunes.
As a special bonus, the National Gallery and GoodeReader will be giving away five copies of the full-color ebook in a random drawing to readers who comment below with a valid email address to receive the download code.