I have been out of the office this week, on a mini-vacation with my three-year-old son. We had two nights just the two of us in London, tromping around the city playing proper tourists.
The first place I took him was one of my favourite places in London: The Tower of London. I first went there on my own as a teen doing a summer internship at Reader’s Digest, spent HOURS listening to the audio tour and got a goofy picture with a Beefeater (1999!):
For my son, it was much more about the sparkly swords (he wasn’t as excited by the crowns) and the armour. He was captivated by the White Tower being a jail and spent ages at Traitor’s Gate and insisted we throw money in. He desperately wanted there to be a moat but apparently he has the Duke of Wellington (and icky diseases) to blame for its disappearance.
But the thing that was most impactful on him was the video that most people walked right past before going into the crown jewel display, which shows tapestries and paintings and photos of the royals over the years holding the jewels. It’s so hard to give a sense of hundreds of years’ of history to a three-year-old, but this really helped.
And it brought home to me how good “enhancements” are to your experience. The audio tour of the Tower of London, the signs that everyone peers at, the guides that talk to you. All of these things bring the experience of walking around this amazing place to life.
And that’s what we are trying to do with our enhanced books. You could simply read the book (and we hope you do) but you could see so much more with just a little bit of guidance from people who know.
Have you read an enhanced ebook and how did you find it?