In the past I’ve complained that technology has done little to change the way authors interact with their readers (and vice versa), so I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention Pottermore, which is J.K. Rowling + Sony’s way of really milking the Harry Potter series. (To be fair it doesn’t seem like there’s a lot of for-profit stuff, except for a link to the store. So maybe not?)
Anyway, it’s like a super big pile of excerpts from the stories with little author extras, illustrations, minimal interactivity (as a video gamer, quite frankly the interactive bits are atrocious, but it is in beta right now). I wasn’t particularly interested so I didn’t do very much, but there’s video commentary and some extra writing bits, not to mention more immersion into the ‘world’ with descriptions and pictures of key places that you can zoom into a little bit. Considering that there’s already movies, it’s a little weird, but on the other hand the pacing is in your control. It even recommends going through the site with the books open. (Although I dunno, maybe it’s different if you’ve actually seen all the movies.)
Fun for the younger kids, and of course you get to BE SORTED AND PICK A WAND so anyone who grew up when Quizilla was big (cough, me, cough) will be mildly amused by that bit.
It’s not a bad idea, though, if you have the resources for it. Flash games to go with your book, and also a way of letting a reader ‘be’ in the universe and use it as a social media hub.