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eBook Version of Junger’s WAR to Include Video Clips

WAR-cover.jpgSebastian Junger (The Perfect Storm) says the electronic version of his new book, WAR, about a platoon in Afghanistan, will include video clips. The book is the result of a 2007-2008 project in which Junger and photographer Tim Hetherington embedded with members of the 173rd Airborne Brigade for month-long stints at a time.

Junger went into the assignment, during which he filed stories for Vanity Fair and ABC News, knowing he wanted to come out with both a book and a documentary. The feature-length film, Restrepo, was released earlier this year and won the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance.

As a result, Junger told eBookNewser, he now has video clips that will get folded into the electronic version of WAR.

There are a lot of scenes in the book where I was shooting video while those scenes were happening. So I have footage showing what I was writing about. Not an example, but the moment. So there will be two or three minutes of video throughout the eBook where you can click on a paragraph and watch a bit of video about that scene.

Read a full Q&A with Junger about WAR on GalleyCat.

Zinio Releases iPad App

ZinioIPad250.gifWith the flick of a switch, Zinio has made over 2,400 magazine titles available on the iPad.

OK, not exactly a flick of a switch. Zinio first had to build an iPad app. But that’s now available, for free, on the iTunes store, and with it, readers who have a magazine subscription (or who’ve bought single copies) via the Zinio newsstand, which makes titles available in digital form, can now read those mags on everyone’s favorite new tablet.

As was the case previously, Zinio’s buy-once-read-anywhere policy still applies. Once readers have plunked down their bills for a magazine subscription or single-copy purchase, they can read the mag on any digtial device they like: computer, laptop, iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad.

Salon CEO: Traditional Media are ‘Distracted’ by the iPad; If it Succeeds, They’ll Just Become ‘Steve Jobs’ Bitches’

Gingras.bmpWe were chatting with Salon Media CEO Richard Gingras about the site’s impressive traffic numbers, when we got sidetracked into a discussion about the iPad. Gingras told us he thinks the lovefest traditional publishers are having with Apple’s shiny new toy is a “potentially fatal distraction.”

They’re looking at it as a way to save an old model, which is a dead model…. It’s shifting their attention away from the real challenge, which is how to create editorial products that are responsive and effective and sustainable in this very, very different world of Web content and this very different world of Web behavior. You can focus now on the iPad because you think it’s going to save your model and make your glossy magazine somehow electronically sustainable, but you’re going to do that at the peril of not really understanding how the medium works.

Gingras, a long-time Silicon Valley executive who has been a consultant at Google, a product manager at Apple, and the creator of the first interactive online news magazine back in 1979, continued:

In the old model, a lot of these guys had distribution control. Whether they were a major newspaper or a major news magazine, they had significant distribution control and they could use that to jack up advertising pricing. They can’t do that online because they can’t control distribution. They’re not going to be able to control distribution on the iPad either. And in fact, if the iPad is to any degree successful for what they want it to, they’re simply going to end up being Steve Jobs‘ bitch.

Q&A: Wired’s Creative Director on Designing for the iPad, Tablets

scottdadichheadshot200.jpgAs the iPad hits stores this Saturday, magazine publishers are scrambling to figure out whether they should create iPad versions of their publications—and, if so, what they should look like. Maybe they should talk to Wired creative director Scott Dadich. Last summer, Chris Anderson, editor-in-chief of the Condé Nast publication, gave Dadich free reign to start exploring how a magazine would work on a tablet device. You got a taste of what Dadich—and research partner Adobe—came up with in a video that circulated the Internets in February. eBookNewser decided to talk to him directly. Here’s what he had to say.

eBookNewser: How did this research project come about?

Dadich: Last summer, we at Wired realized that whether Apple was going to do something or not, there were going to be a lot of slate devices on the market in 2010. Wired being a magazine about innovation, it would stand to reason that this would be a good chance for us to experiment with the form. It was a design exploration project I worked on throughout August, imagining what the magazine would look like in a slate form factor, how the user would interact with it, how we would commission for it, how we would design for it.

The rest of the Q&A, after the jump.

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