According to the Macmillan Open Dictionary the digi-novel is a noun that is defined as: a publication which combines the three media of book, movie and website. That has been the correct definition of the current story make-up in the writing/reading world today, so it is what I use for this article.
recent evolution of the digi-novel was hyped by the "Level 26: Dark
Origins" author, Anthony Zuiker, a talented author of the CSI television
series. The media really noticed, brought to reader's attention, his
work because it was and is billed as the first digi-novel. Some writers
have cited other's that they consider digi-novels that came before his,
however, perhaps he is the one who actually coined the term. This
alone is a spin-off of the digi-novel conversation taking place on a
marriage of reading, viewing, and participating online as opposed to
the old, traditional viral book reading is engaging people in a new way,
and creating analysis pro's and con's like never before. Regardless of
whether one likes or dislikes the novel or the delivery - people are
responding, and that matters.
many companies are jumping into the transmedia publishing business?
Are the definitions of storytelling changing? Does an author now have
to create, and make a story? Is the narrative confidence of writing an
old mode altering the real meaning of literate? Traditional defining of
literate was just the ability to read and write. Really, it means to
understand what is read. It has to do with information access, which
has really been freed up thanks to the internet. See how this
digi-novel conversation evolves?
of the main themes occurring about the digi-novel is whether it will
replace the just plain book reading. I do think that the same question
was posed when television caught on, and even more so with digital
television (DTV). People are still reading plain old books. Much has
been made about digital distraction amidst the technological advances.
Those distractions may or may not produce better responses from users;
it should depend on the writing quality.
more sociological theme is whether the fragmented distractions take us
from the individual mind to the social mind? Are we becoming more of
the herd mentality, and lamebrainish to interact digitally? One could
argue in defense of the digi-novel, that the engagement of submitting
possible sequels online entails some real use of imagination, not just
visual passivity, therefore really engaging a reader. On the other hand
are we embracing social networking more than documenting reality?
marketing and publishing world is changing to keep up with the
digi-novel. The iPhone even has an app for the digi-novel. Maybe
electronic readers are already becoming obsolete. Editors digi proof
work online. Digi this and digi that are becoming new words. Cyber
scenes from cyber bridges are now prolific on You Tube and other
sites.This all matters, because it is our human culture that is
responding and evolving very quickly in the print and digital worlds.