February 23rd, 2010

Introducing the Noveler™
DDG is thrilled to announce the release of the world's first and only fully bi-directional book and game platform, the DDG Noveler. Though other digital reading devices on the market offer ebooks and video games on the same platform, they all lack what readers really hunger for, and that's true integration of these related information mediums. Enter the Noveler!

Okay you've been reading Moby Dick. You're on page 412. The Pequod is cutting through the sea in quest of the whale. Ahab is pacing the the deck impatiently. You are pacing the floor impatiently. You're tired of reading Moby Dick. You want to play Moby Dick. And with a touch of The Noveler's VG button you are!!

How does it work? When digital books are loaded into the Noveler meta tags are added noting main character definitions, genre, plot details, and resolution possibilities. The Noveler then determines which Video Game style to import the book into, Shooter Game, Role Playing Game, SIM, Racing Game, and so on. The Noveler then interpolates the book into the video game platform and launches. First a simple field comes up.

Would you like to play as ⊕ Ahab or ⊗ The Whale

You choose Ahab and you're off. The whale has been spotted. You choose your crew members. You're off in the cutter, Harpoon in hand. You throw and miss. The whale turns and rams the cutter. You die. You restart the game from the last save point. You're off in the cutter, Harpoon in hand. You throw and hit. You hit again. The whale takes you on a wild ride. It head for the Pequod. You hit the whale again and it veers away. You've saved the boat and slaughtered the Whale! Best of all, since The Noveler is fully bi-directional, each save game point saves your changes in the book as well. When you're done playing you can go back and read the book version that you've created yourself!! To the right you can see a picture of one of our developers, Amy, playing Wuthering Heights.

KB: How was it Amy?
Amy: Awesome! I was playing as Heathcliff and the part where I was chasing Catherine through the corridors of the separate heaven were really tough, but I locked in on her and won that level!
KB: Wow that level is tough. Let me read you doing it.
Amy: Sure. Hey how did things turn out with Mansfield Park.
KB: Well I played as Fanny and she ended up embracing theater, starring in the play, and having an affair with Henry. Oh and how did things go with changing the gender of the lead in the Dumas?
Amy: It went really well, the book end of The Countess of Monte Cristo was seamless and the Game played really well!
KB: That's terrific.

Tired of reading books when you could be playing them? The Noveler is the answer. Parents, what better way to improve your children's reading experiences? Take Where The Red Fern Grows for example. When your child plays the book he can help the dogs find enough 'healing biscuits' to help them survive their battle with the mountain lion! And students, are you worried that your teachers will reject your version of Dumas' masterpiece when you use it for class assignments? No worries. The Noveler comes with a certified note to educators.

Dear Educator, the version of The Six Musketeers that your student has used for this course work has been modified from the original by the student's own skill and effort performed in the playing of the book, and is certified by The Noveler as having been kept in period, and within acceptable plot parameters. Enjoy your student's hard won version of The Six Musketeers, and remember, with your Educator's discount you are able to purchase The Noveler yourself at 40% off our regular price!

Here they are! Our weekly picks for the two best: two hardcover, two paperback, and two children's books. The very best new arrivals to leap out of the box and onto our shelves this week. Call or email us if you want more information on any of these titles, or to have us hold you a copy. Or stop in and check them out in person. We'd love to see you. Thanks as always for sharing your reading with us!

 

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Sixth Edition

Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Sixth Edition
By Peterson, Roger Tory
2010-03 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780547152462 - Paperback
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A new edition of Peterson's venerable Field Guide to Eastern Birds is out today! ...More

Kokoro

Kokoro
By Natsume, Soseki
2010-02 - Penguin Books
9780143106036 - Paperback
List Price $15.00 - Your Price: $12.00


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Two new translations of classic novels by Natsume Soseki hit the shelves this afternoon. Kokoro was Soseki's final novel and Sanshiro the only coming of age story to come from the pen of this warm, subtle, and insightful writer. ...More

The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage



The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins, Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage
By Downey, Kirstin
2010-02 - Anchor Books
9781400078561 - Paperback
List Price $16.95 - Your Price: $13.56


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The Woman Behind the New Deal, the fascinating story of Francis Perkins, FDR Secretary of Labor easily earns The Weekly Top 2 DBBTONIP (Deserving Big Book That's Out Now In Paperback) rating. Perkins' family was originally from Maine by the way. ...More

The Ides of March

The Ides of March
By Manfredi, Valerio Massimo
2010-02 - Europa Editions
9781933372990 - Paperback
List Price $16.00 - Your Price: $12.80


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Manfredi is a master of historical fiction and this new release from Europa is set on a big stage following a certain fellow named Julius Caesar. ...More

The Story of Cirrus Flux



The Story of Cirrus Flux
By Skelton, Matthew
2010-02 - Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
9780385733816 - Hardcover
List Price $17.99 - Your Price: $14.39


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Speaking of historical fiction Mathew Skelton, whose very fine Endymion Spring involved early print making and The Gutenberg Bible, has returned to burthen the shelves with his second young adult novel, this one set in 18th century London. ...More

My Garden

My Garden
By Henkes, Kevin
2010-03 - Greenwillow Books
9780061715174 - Hardcover
List Price $17.99 - Your Price: $14.39


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My Garden is just a delightful picture book introducing gardening to young children in which Kevin Henkes employs the same warm palette, which somehow manages to be soft, quiet, cheerful and colorful all at the same time, and gentle text, as may be found in his last book, Birds. ...More

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