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Rick Perlstein Lands Simon & Schuster’s First Enhanced eBook

nixonland23.jpgCBS News and Simon & Schuster’s Scribner imprint have teamed up to build an enhanced ebook edition of Rick Perlstein‘s 2008 book, Nixonland. It is Simon & Schuster’s first enhanced eBook.

The new edition provides a unique solution to a dilemma for publishers–where and how can they find relevant video material for a satisfying enhanced eBook? The book will feature 27 video segments woven into the original text, CBS News stories that illustrate historic moments in the book. The text also includes a bonus interview between Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer and Perlstein. Available in the iBookstore, the enhanced eBook retails for $15.99.

Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy had this statement: “Since the first digital books were published, many have wondered when we would be able to add to the reading experience by exploiting the full capabilities of digital media. That moment is now, and we are especially pleased that for Nixonland, our first enhanced ebook, we are able to partner with our colleagues at CBS News to offer readers a book that combines to superb effect a critically acclaimed bestselling work with the gold standard of broadcast journalism.”

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Details: Gen X Men Do Read Books

details.jpgToday Details magazine unveiled the 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time, giving GalleyCat an exclusive peek at the picks. The colorful list includes everything from “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz to “Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus” by Rick Perlstein.

GalleyCat caught up with Details‘ Deputy Editor Chis Raymond to find out more about the list. He explained the cutoff age for writers: “After a lot of heated discussion, we ended up settling on 1960 as the cut-off date. That, of course, meant guys like William T. Vollmann didn’t make the cut, which launched a whole new round of arguments. But that’s what makes the project fun. We wanted to point out that there were some literary giants who were born after John Updike and Norman Mailer. But you can’t name every one.”

Finally, he argued against the stereotype that men don’t read books: “I don’t buy that argument. Men may not buy as many books as women, but we read. We read the the Wall Street Journal and Malcolm Gladwell‘s New Yorker stories and Bill Simmons’ column on ESPN.com. If a story’s good enough to merit our attention, we’ll find it and read it. Just look at the features in men’s magazines. They’re often much meatier than the fare you find in women’s magazines. What does that tell you? That guys aren’t afraid to spend an hour reading a great piece of writing … And because Details readers are sophisticated when it comes to modern media, they can appreciate the confessions of Motley Crue every bit as much as Dexter Filkins on the Iraq War.”

Bill O’Reilly’s Anti-Book Club

perlstein.jpgWhen conservative host Bill O’Reilly bashed author and journalist Rick Perlstein on television, the writer (pictured via K.A. Westphal) woke up with some vicious hate mail from readers–like an Anti-Book Club.

In a Newsweek essay, Perlstein, author of the 2008 book, “Nixonland The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America,” describes what happens after O’Reilly criticizes a writer. As we noted yesterday, the television host rules a powerful author platform, and the article gives a glimpse into the anger simmering in his audience.

Here’s more, as Perlstein describes the televised take-down: “O’Reilly had run a segment on an article I published in the July 20 Newsweek, along with a picture–my author photograph–and a description of me–’this Perlstein,’ who had written ‘some book no one heard of,’ spit out with such venom that more than one friend of mine thought of Sasha Baron Cohen‘s Borat singing about throwing a Jew down a well.”