Embassy – A Vook

I am no longer a vook-virgin, i.e. I recently read/watched my first vook, Embassy by Richard Doetsch. A vook is a hybrid between a book and a video (video + book = vook) and the reader can also connect with friends via Facebook and learn more about the author on the same screen. In this day and age where YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and other social media are so common it was just a matter of time before the vook became reality.

I was skeptic of this format but decided to give it a try. After having read/watched Embassy I am still not convinced that this format is something for me. One of the things I love most about books is the way my imagination gets free reign. To watch video clips every so often interrupted the flow of the story. I am not ruling out reading/watching another vook, but I am definitely in no rush either. 

The story was just ok and not very believable. We get to follow a hostage situation at the Greek Embassy in New York City. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I thought the embassy is located in Washington D.C. and the Consulate General in New York City, or?

Vooks are currently available in two formats: As a web based application for your computer or as a mobile application for your Apple mobile device. I paid USD $6.99 for the online version, and the iPhone application costs USD $4.99.

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