CSI Creator Launches ‘Digi-Novel’

USA Today announces the birth of the “digi-novel,” called a “revolution in publishing for the YouTube generation,” by its creator, Anthony Zuiker, also the creator of the various CSI TV series.

The book, Level 26: Dark Origins, the first in a projected series, is supplemented by 20 three-minute online videos or “cyber-bridges.”

As USA Today points out, this isn’t the first effort to combine text and online; 39 Clues and Patrick Carman’s Skeleton Creek.

There is also the grand-daddy of them all, the Cathy’s Book series, which uses Web sites, phone numbers and emails to create “Fourth Wall” interactive stories. The final book in the series, Cathy’s Ring came out last week, see below.



(Cover is from the publishers catalog, p 24, and may change)
Level 26: Dark Origins (Dark Chronicles)
Anthony E. Zuiker and Duane Swierczynski

Mystery reviewer Sarah Weinman is impressed with the choice of Swierczynski as co-author.

  • Publisher: Dutton Adult (September 8, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0525951253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525951254
  • Also in audio from Penguin Audio

  • Publisher: Penguin Audio; Unabridged edition (September 8, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0143145223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143145226
  • The upcoming titles in the series are:

  • Winter 2010 — The Dark Chronicles Case #2: Doppelganger
  • Fall 2010 — The Dark Chronicles Case #3: The Dark Arts
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    Cathy’s Ring
    Sean Stewart, Jordan Weisman
    Price: $17.95
    Hardcover: 144 pages
    Publisher: Running Press Kids – (2009-05-04)
    ISBN-10: 0762435305
    ISBN-13: 9780762435302


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