Our friends at CodeMeetPrint alerted us to an announcement that Amazon will be distributing the Queen’s Christmas address as a free Kindle eBook on December 25th.
Thanks to a Wodehouse inspired youthful Anglophilia, I’m a casual fan of the royal holiday address, most particularly George’s VI’s eve-of-WWII 1939 broadcast which he concluded with the quote, “I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year / Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown. . .” (always gives a chill) – but for Vook, Amazon's plan to release the eBook version is bigger than the Royal Family.
The bookification of the Queen’s speech is a royal-crest-in-the-ground and rampant flag for why eBooks will become such a prevalent content form in 2012 and beyond.
eBooks ship fast. You can create and inticingly package content like the Queen’s speech—and deliver it the same day. It’s what we’ve been saying for months, highlighting efforts like the LAT and NYT’s eBooks, free eBooks from daily email businesses and Vanity’s Fair titles. Now the Queen’s onboard: In 2012, everything can be an eBook. They’re the information rich packaged Web pages of the future — only easier to read on mobile devices.
And Vook’s going to be the Dreamweaver of eBooks — the interface that lets you make better and better experiences.
Here’s proof. While I’ll happily download Amazon’s speech eBook, I wish I could read it with the video or audio of the address included. It’s not like it's hard to do — I just made my own eBook of the Queen’s first televised speech in 1957, and included the video. Consider it a holiday present from Vook—and a demonstration of where eBooks are going next year.
If you click this link on your iOS device or Color Nook, the eBook will automatically download and open in your iBooks or Nook reader.
And for all of you who are or who want to create eBooks, may Vook be your code-free WISYWIG light in 2012 to guide you through the unknown of div classes, page breaks, ePub 3 and KF8!