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I could get hooked on Vook

Time to celebrate even more ways to remix and mashup the wonderful experience of reading!

I have a feeling that the Vook and the TextVook are going to be popular reading options for many of our young readers and learners.

A vook is a new innovation in reading that blends a well-written book, high-quality video and the power of the Internet into a single, complete story. You can read your book, watch videos that enhance the story and connect with authors and your friends through social media all on one screen, without switching between platforms.

Simon & Schuster’s Executive VP Judith Curr explains the value of this new hybrid brand of storytelling:

Reasonably priced, and available as web-based applications, and for iPhone, iPod, and iPad (with some available for Kindle and iBook), Vooks have the potential to breathe animated life into classics, to effectively demonstrate in a way how-to books never before could, to illustrate difficult techniques or concepts in texts.

Here’s a Vook trailer for Shakespeare’s Sonnets in the City.

Readers may preview Vook trailers and browse for Vooks under these categories:

Buffy Hamilton sees creative opportunities for research and writing–the potential of student-authored Vooks:

Consider the possibilities for the social construction of reading and writing if we helped students create their own vooks!  Whether they created an application for a computer or the iPhone/iPod/iPad, think how this type of mashed up reading/writing/thinking/sharing oriented learning experience might transform student thinking!  My initial reaction to Vook is that it could be an interesting rendition of a digital research paper or a fantastic stand alone multigenre element. I’ll be brainstorming with teachers this summer ways we might incorporate this kind of content creation into a unit of inquiry for the upcoming school year.

Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Daisy Buchanan says

    I really like the idea for non-fiction. It makes sense for things like cookbooks. I once tried to read a description of how to cut an artichoke and I really would have benefited from a quick video. I am not sure I like it so much for fiction. I do not want to see the costumes. Part of the joy for me is creating the scene in my head. For reluctant readers, I would worry that they would just watch the videos. I went to the site and looked at some trailers and they really seemed to focus exclusively on the video portion with no mention of the text. Several of the ones I watched were available for Kindle. I have an older Kindle which does not support video (I am not sure if the newer ones do) so I did not get a good idea of how it would work for me.

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