Random House have just announced that the first in a series of digital, enhanced editions of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series has been released exclusively for Apple’s iBooks.
Featuring new cover art, numerous illustrations, enhanced maps, sigils, a glossary, and detailed annotations to provide a richer experienced for readers, and to help guide new readers through the dizzying number of characters and locations in the novels. As it happens, Linda and I have known all about this for awhile, since we’ve worked with Random House and Apple on the project—it’s been a really interesting, often very complicated, project!
There’s a lot more information, so here’s Random House’s press release. A tip, however, for those who simply can’t wait and read through it all: if you have iTunes installed, make sure to visit Apple’s launch site for an exclusive video interview with GRRM about the novels and the project, which features some really cool animation:
Random House today announced that in celebration of the 20th anniversary of A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin’s worldwide bestselling book, A GAME OF THRONES: ENHANCED EDITION is now available exclusively on iBooks at apple.co/gameofthrones.
A GAME OF THRONES: ENHANCED EDITION gives fans the ultimate reading experience, incorporating a world of additional content that enriches and enlivens Book One in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series; Books Two through Five will follow in the coming months. Readers can delve deeper into the history of some of the great houses of Westeros and stay on top of the epic storylines through enhanced content, including:
“We’re now entering a new period in the history of publishing,” said author George R.R. Martin. “The digital book gives readers the ability to experience all this rich secondary material that had not been possible before. These enhanced editions available only on iBooks include sigils and family trees and glossaries. Anything that confuses you, anything you want to know more about, it’s right there at your fingertips. It’s an amazing next step in the world of books.”
“A Game of Thrones: Enhanced Edition is one of the absolute best enhanced books ever offered on iBooks,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Both newcomers and longtime fans are going to love immersing themselves in this epic novel and interacting with all the bonus material.”
Another exciting announcement for fans is the inclusion of an excerpt from the highly anticipated Book Six in the series, The Winds of Winter.
“What more fitting way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the publication of A Game of Thrones than to work with Apple to bring a whole new way of reading George R. R. Martin’s landmark series,” said Scott Shannon, EVP and Publisher of Digital Content at Random House. “By adding the artwork, annotations, maps and more, we’ve collaborated with Apple to leverage their incredible iOS platform. We’ve brought to life the world of A Song of Ice and Fire in a way only possible on iBooks. We’re excited to share the enhanced edition of A GAME OF THRONES with readers.”
A GAME OF THRONES: ENHANCED EDITION is available exclusively on iBooks in English in the U.S. ($8.99) and Canada at apple.co/gameofthrones via Random House, and the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand via HarperVoyager. A GAME OF THRONES: ENHANCED EDITION is also available in English in Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Venezuela. Enhanced Editions of Books Two through Five in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series are available for pre-order ($11.99).
We’ll add Vanity Fair‘s post about it, as they received an early look and have some commentary from the perspective of users (including a fan of the TV show who had been reticent to read the books).