Take2 Publishing Launches DIGIDIALOGUE
New York, NY
Take2 Publishing is proud to announce the launch of its first DigiDialogue, a process and a product that results with a published eBook where the dialogue between the author and the audience becomes part of the final 'copy'.
Alex Sheremet presents one of the most thorough and considered critiques on Woody Allen's body of work ... but his text is only part of the full story. DigiDialogues are about the author inspiring a discourse between and amongst himself and his audience.
The genesis of this DigiDialogue is the Woody Allen: Reel to Real website, the vehicle to have Sheremet and his 'readers' further explore, expand and explain the theses he presents. On this site, one will find a combination of: faithful summaries of the key chapters of the book, one key chapter of the book in its entirety, and web-only content that through discussion will also be included in the final book. All the content on the site is married to a dedicated 'Comment Box' to propagate the dialogue.
According to Sheremet, "A critic's job is to be an intermediary, to explain how a work of art succeeds or fails as a work of art - not merely to give an opinion. And, these days, there's entirely too much opinion, too much of a need to seem 'relevant', and not enough sound argument and evidence."
"On the one hand, 'populist' critics such as the late Roger Ebert, often write from personal biases, deriding films like Stardust Memories due to their own emotional reaction. Then, there are the more 'academic' types such as Jonathan Rosenbaum and Ray Carney, while decrying such populism in others, in fact have their own particular axes to grind." Thus criticism breaks down, and art suffers, and I aim to rectify that," he continued.
"I'd like to see people of intellect and discrimination read my arguments, think 'Hey, this actually makes sense', and feel affirmed that someone's articulating what is often thought, but is rarely expressed especially on an artist as contentious as Woody Allen. This process is all about dialoguing with them", he said.
In this vast new world of interactive content, it has become second nature for readers to place their own comments at any article or column they come across on-line, but this simple concept and technology has bypassed the 'staid' world of book publishing.
According to John Pruzanski, Managing Publisher at Take2 Publishing, "We don't believe that needs to be the case."
"The advent and popular uptake of eBooks finally provides the platform to open up the publishing world to new forms and factors and DigiDialogues have been specifically formulated to perform the task of enjoining the readers into the publishing process."
"Everyone has an opinion of Woody Allen, whether those opinions come from a learned perspective, or from the tabloids ... and Sheremet's excitingly exhaustive analysis is the perfect fodder to generate and further this unique form of dialogue", he said.
It must be acutely noted that the Woody Allen: Reel to Real website, although faithful to the theses presented in the full Sheremet text, actually contains only 25% of the final content of the eBook. The published work will contain much more in depth analysis by Sheremet on all the topics raised as well as including the best of the dialogue this site engenders.
Look for the eBook later this year, but in the meantime, join the discussion at the website immediately and become part of the publishing process.
A DigiDialogue is a process and a product that results with a published eBook where the dialogue between the author and the audience becomes part of the final 'copy'.
The process to develop a DigiDialogue involves two distinct elements. The first is an interactive online representation of an authors work designed to generate an on-line dialogue between the author and the participatory audience. The second element, the product, is a published eBook that incorporates the author's full work as well as the dynamic discourse that was generated online from the author's excerpts.