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Interactive E-book Introduces World’s First Instant Collaboration Within an E-Book

by Bryan Thomas Schmidt

Collaboration can be complicated. Partners may live thousands or hundreds of miles apart. In the old day, many communicated by phone and mailed pages back and forth by snail mail, waiting days for the next batch to arrive. Then came the fax machine which sped up the process although sometimes made handwritten notes or fonts appear almost illegible or so light they could hardly be read. Next, email and the web and faster transmit speeds arrived.

The  next innovation is here.

Democrasoft, Inc. and VOOK epublishing, two San Francisco firms, have released the world’s first two-way interactive e-book, featuring innovative technology to allow real-time interaction and collaboration inside an e-book.

11 Days in May, published by Waterfront Press, offers readers a chance to communicate directly both with the author and other readers, from right inside the e-book. The groundbreaking discussion capability utilizes a new cloud-based collaboration technology, WeJIT, from Democrasoft which links any read with a book’s author, other readers or anyone with internet access. It promises to forever change the way authors, their books and readers come together, for good or bad. Imagine instant live critiques? Or maybe you shouldn’t.

WeJIT allows communities to form around any topic of common interest by any individual wanting to enable an instant, collaborative community. A one-page website with a unique URl dedicated to that topic can be formed in just seconds, free of charge at www.MyWeJIT.com.  Readers can contribute fan art, discuss ideas, invite friends and even promote the book to others with this techology.

More information is available at Democrasoft’s website: www.Democrasoft.com and you can buy a copy of 11 Days In May via http://vook.com/storefronts/book/11-days-in-may.html.  The book is coming to hardcover as well via Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com and local bookstores.


Bryan Thomas Schmidt is an author and editor of adult and children’s science fiction, fantasy and humor books, short stories and articles. A frequent contributor to blogs like SFSignal, Adventures In SF Publishing, Grasping For The Wind and To Be Read, he also hosts Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer’s Chat under the hashtag #sffwrtcht on Twitter and blogs about writing and creativity on his own blog at www.bryanthomasschmidt.net/blog. Connect With Bryan On Google+

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