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The long awaited Dracula HD app for the iPad, which was developed by Author Solutions developer Inverted Pear, is now available through the iTunes App Store — go here and get it now! It’s a great app for fans of vampires and Halloween and it  got me thinking again about “what is a book?”

A book certainly isn’t just print on paper between two covers. Books now come in all formats (eBooks, apps, vooks, audio etc.) and are more accessible to more readers than ever before. Almost monthly, there’s a new digital platform for consuming books. And as the number of delivery systems grow, the overall popularity of digital and electronic books increases. Recently, I read that Amazon reported that during the first half of 2010, it sold 180 Kindle eBooks for every 100 hardcover books. And now with the emergence of books as apps;  readers’ experiences are enhanced by animation and sound.

It’s a great time to be a reader; and probably the best time ever to be an author!!

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Author Solutions will announce in the coming days that its multimedia book development company –Inverted Pear — is releasing an abridged version of Bram Stoker’s classic for the iPad. Just in time for Halloween, Dracula HD will be available through the App Store; and an iPhone version will follow shortly.

Check out this video trailer for a sneak peak of the app.

The artwork was conceived and created by the talented Author Solutions illustrations team. As well, the musical score is original too.

It’s another example of how publishing is evolving. I’m sure Bram Stoker, when he wrote Dracula in 1897, never envisioned readers watching the Count stalk his prey on shiny plastic tablet. The emergence of books as apps presents exciting possibilities for indie authors to see their characters come to life.

Stay tuned!

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We made a very exciting announcement Thursday. Author Solutions is partnering with the San Francisco Writers Conference for the inaugural Indie Publishing Contest for Writers. The SFWC is one of the nation’s most respected writers conferences; and through this partnership a group of talented writers will become published authors.

The SFWC is accepting entries through Jan. 5, 2011; and the winners will be announced during the annual conference Feb. 18-20, 2011 in San Francisco.

Get your best writing  in now and you  could be the next writer to join the indie book publishing revolution!

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