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Coming soon…directly to the iPad!

July 16, 2010
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This is some cool news: Japanese author Ryu Murakami is releasing his next novel, “A Singing Whale,” directly on the iPad.

I think this is pretty interesting for a few reasons:  First, this release will also include video and music.  I think that’s pretty cool because books, movies and music are always so closely intertwined.  I’m currently reading Norwegian Wood, which is Haruki Murakami’s novel named after the Beatles song.  Certain songs remind me of a novel or a movie and vice versa, so I think it’ll be really interesting to see how he incorporate these elements.  Secondly, this release shows how publishers can be eliminated in the book release process because the novel goes directly to e-book retailers.  I wonder where that will take the book industry…

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