What is TREEbook?
Medallion Press presents the TREEbook™
Medallion Press announces the development of the most visionary advancement in publishing. Introducing the TREEbook™, a time-sensitive e-book with multiple story branches.
When and where can I get it?
Medallion Press recently released the free MMG Sidekick app. In its debut version, it will be available exclusively on iPad and will allow users to shop Medallion’s entire library of fiction and nonfiction. In addition, the MMG Sidekick app is the very first TREEbook™-compatible reader. Download it here today and be ready to unlock a whole new reading experience when the very first TREEbook™ novel releases later this year!
What exactly is it?
TREEbook™ stands for Timed Reading Experience E-book.
To describe it, let’s use the obvious metaphor: a tree. A tree has a main body of development, the trunk, setting the foundation for every path it must take to reach its fullest potential. These paths are the branches, which sprout new life each season.
A TREEbook™ has the same defining characteristics. Authors can fully cultivate creative storytelling to set the foundation for the branches, which grow into the many possible story lines that form each reader’s unique experience.
Built into the code of each TREEbook™ are time triggers that are set off based on your reading habits, such as your average reading pace, which day you’re reading, or even how long you read, leading you to each successive branch within the story. With the interplay between time triggers and story branches, different readers can experience various results of pivotal moments within the same TREEbook™.
There are four kinds of time triggers that authors can decide to use in a TREEbook™. They are:
Average Reading Pace: This tracks each reader’s average reading pace. The ARP is different for everyone. This is why reading a TREEbook™ is not about how fast you read but about how you read.
Instant Mode: This is a time element that enacts instantly. It could be triggered when the clock strikes a specific time, when a reader is enjoying the book on a specific date, when the reader turns to a specific page, or for a number of other reasons.
Real Time: This correlates with time as it happens in real life. If a character in a TREEbook™ has five minutes to catch a bus and this time element is embedded in that part of the story, then the reader must read at his or her average reading pace for the next five minutes in order for the character to catch the bus. If the reader doesn’t read at his or her own average reading pace for those five minutes and decides to close the book instead, the story may branch. The branch may lead to a positive or negative outcome for the character; it’s up to the author to determine which.
Random Mode: This time element will be optional and can be implemented many ways, but one example would be to allow branches to randomly activate without other time elements triggering them.
It’s not about how fast or slow you read. It’s about how you read. The TREEbook™ is a whole new reading experience, and its timing couldn’t be better.
The experience begins here.
The very first TREEbook™ novel (release date 2013) will be The Julian Year by award-winning horror author Gregory Lamberson (The Jake Helman Files, The Frenzy Wolves Cycle). In The Julian Year, Julian Weizak, an obituary writer in New York, celebrates his birthday alone in a bar on New Year’s Eve. At the stroke of midnight, scores of homicides break out on the East Coast.
Julian discovers twenty thousand murders are committed that night in New York alone, with the epidemic spreading across the country and the world time zone by time zone. At midnight each day thereafter, millions of people become homicidal maniacs, contributing to the biggest killing spree in history. It looks as if the chaos can lead to only one end: the extinction of humankind.
To learn more about the TREEbook™ visit www.thetreebook.com.
For more information about Gregory Lamberson or his TREEbook™ novel, The Julian Year, visit www.thejulianyear.com.
For questions about the technology behind the TREEbook™, visit the blog of Medallion Media Group Executive Director of Technology Brian Buck, accessible from the company’s home page at www.medallionmediagroup.com.
Authors interested in submitting TREEbook™ manuscripts click here.
Medallion Media Group, which includes Medallion Press, Medallion Movies, and Medallion Music, is on a mission to provide dynamic multimedia entertainment in collaboration with innovative writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, and technologists. With a creative approach to book, music, and film production, we seek to synergize the arts and cultivate developing technologies to carve a path on the leading edge of content delivery.
For media inquiries regarding the TREEbook™ or The Julian Year, contact Brigitte Shepard at Brigitte(at)medallionmediagroup.com.
Follow the growth of the TREEbook™ in the new Tech Blog written by Executive Director of Technology, Brian Buck, on the Medallion Media Group homepage. Here readers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of development and implementation of the TREEbook™ technology, as well as insight on other tech-related projects coming from Medallion Media Group.