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Novel tries to fuse book, film and Web

[ 2009-09-04 13:44]     字号 [] [] []  
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NEW YORK: Is it a book? Is it a movie? Is it a website?

Actually it's all three.

Anthony Zuiker, creator of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation US television series, is releasing what he calls a "digi-novel" combining all three media - and giving a jolt to traditional book publishing.

Zuiker has created Level 26, a crime novel that also invites readers to log on to a website about every 20 pages using a special code to watch a "cyber-bridge" - a three-minute film clip tied to the story.

Starting next Tuesday, readers can buy the book, visit the website, log in to watch the "cyber-bridges," read, discuss and contribute to the story.

"Just doing one thing great is not going to sustain business," he said. "The future of business in terms of entertainment will have to be the convergence of different mediums. So we did that - publishing, movies and a website."

Zuiker put together a 60-page outline for the novel, which was written by Duane Swierczynski, and wrote and directed the "cyber-bridges". He said the book could be read without watching the "cyber-bridges".

"I wanted to bring all the best in publishing, in a motion picture, in a website and converge all three into one experience," he said.


1. Who is the creator of the “digi-novel”called Level 26?

2. When will the book be released?

3. What three mediums will be the future of converging entertainment media?


1. Anthony Zuiker.

2. Next Tuesday.

3. Publishing, movies and Wed sites.

(英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Novel tries to fuse book, film and Web

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Novel tries to fuse book, film and Web

Chantal Anderson is a multimedia journalist at the China Daily Web site. Originally from Seattle, Washington she has found her way around the world doing photo essays in Greece, Mexico and Thailand. She is currently completing a double degree in Journalism and International Studies from the University of Washington.