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article imageAl Gore's 'Our Choice' changes the way e-books are offered

By KJ Mullins     May 6, 2011 in Environment
Al Gore is known for his commitment to the environment. He takes that passion to readers with a new kind of e-book, Our Choice. First published in 2009 Our Choice is a follow up for the film An Inconvenient Truth.
Our Choice is being offered for iPad, iPhones and iPod Touch for $4.99. What makes this e-book different is the videos that have been added to the publication.
Our Choice says Al Gore is a solution to the climate problem bringing together research with interactive graphics to let readers get interactive. In a blog entry from March 2009 Gore wrote:
“An Inconvenient Truth reached millions of people with the message that the climate crisis is threatening the future of human civilization and that it must and can be solved. Now that the need for urgent action is even clearer with the alarming new findings of the last three years, it is time for a comprehensive global plan that actually solves the climate crisis. Our Choice will answer that call.”
Unlike “An Inconvenient Truth” this book is about solutions. With updates from the 2009 publication Our Choice works best on iPad.
With inactive features like tapping a photo to see where in the world it was taken Our Choice could indeed change the way books are made. There is room for improvements says the New York Times with the lack of search options and Gore's narration not as lively as some would like. Still the NY Times gives a big thumbs up for the overall work.
The e-book, published by Push Pop Press, has woven text, images, audio, video and interactive graphics together for the ultimate reader experience is narrated by Al Gore. Still in beta mode the publishing platform is brand new. This is no tiny application, the size is over 50 megabytes.
Be aware when you buy the book from the app store you get the introductory video and a prompt to download the rest in a Wi-Fi hot spot.
Those those without access to the e-book the hard cover book is available at for under $20.
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