To try and distract us from the fact the WINDS OF WINTER still isn’t finished (and, mayhaps, never will be–I’m starting to feel pretty zen about it), George R. R. Martin is pulling a Pottermore and bringing A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE into the digital realm, releasing new “enhanced” edition e-books of the series that feature extra interactive content.
We’re talking charts of the house sigils/words/rulings, we’re talking family trees, we’re talking illustrations, we’re talking full-on glossaries. (And thank god, because I still desperately need a disambiguation between ‘uncle’ and ‘nuncle.’) Arguably, it’s nothing you couldn’t find in A WORLD (or A Wiki) OF ICE AND FIRE, but it’s bound to be well done, so if you haven’t updated your copy of GOT since it was released 20 years ago–hey, maybe give it a go.
The enhanced edition of first book, A GAME OF THRONES, was released exclusively on iBooks yesterday in celebration of the book’s 20th anniversary. A CLASH OF KINGS will come out on October 27th, and A STORM OF SWORDS on DECEMBER 15th, with A FEAST FOR CROWS and A DANCE WITH DRAGONS following in February and March. Each successive book “grow in glossary content as the storylines develop;” you can buy GOT now for $8.99, and pre-order the rest for $11.99 each.
“We’re now entering a new period in the history of publishing,” Martin says of the new editions. “The digital book gives readers the ability to experience all this rich secondary material that had not been possible before.[…] 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.”
So what do you think? Are you amped for the new editions, or still too bitter about the WoW delay to throw any more money at the franchise?