Mark Z. Danielewski published The Fifty Year Sword in the United States today, creating a digital book version of his intricate ghost story alongside the print edition.

The iBooks version features music from pianist and NPR From the Top host Christopher O’Riley. In an email interview with GalleyCat,  Danielewski explained how his relationship began with the pianist and how the created the digital book. Read his response and enjoy O’Riley’s piano work in the free Spotify playlist below–it makes great writing music.

Follow this link to read Danielewski’s advice for making enhanced digital books. The author will make a few book tour stops with O’Riley, reading the book along with the music. Follow this link to see the stops on the tour.

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