Vook – The Web Browser

Earlier today we officially launched four titles: Promises, a romance by Jude Deveraux, The 90 Second Fitness Solution, a fitness book by Pete Cerqua, Embassy, a thriller by Richard Doetsch and Return to Beauty, a health book by Narine Nikogosian. All are designed to manifest Vook’s mission: to blend a book with videos into one complete, instructive and entertaining story.

We even created this great video to show everyone what a vook actually is:

Not only do our vooks incorporate high-quality videos into the text to create an immersive experience, but they have a bunch of other cool features too!


Each vook offers you four different ways to interact with the content.

The Mix View

The Mix View is the default for all our non-fiction titles. In this view you can read the text and also watch the video that corresponds to it.  Bullets below the video player give you a quick snippet of key points from that chapter.

The Watch View

The Watch View lets you watch videos in full screen. Click on the pull down box on the top to view the text over the video, so you can read right from the page. The play/pause button and volume controls are at the bottom of the player window.

The Read View

The read view offers you a more standard book view. This is the default view for all fiction vooks. Here you will see two pages of text laid out side-by-side with scroll buttons to the left and right so you can easily change pages. Throughout the text, images will prompt you to play the corresponding video at the appropriate time in the story. When you click on the video prompt image, you are taken into the Watch mode, so you get the full viewing experience. When the video ends, you are then prompted to continue reading.

The Connect View

In addition to bringing you the seamless integration of video and text, Vook has tapped into the power of the internet to incorporate reader and author conversations into the experience. In the connect view you can update your Twitter and Facebook status with your thoughts about the vook, read recent tweets by the vook author or Vook (the company) and hear what other people are saying about the vook through an RSS feed that pulls in the associated hashtag. In this view, you will also learn more about the author who wrote the text, and the filmmaker(s) who shot and edited the films.

Other features include:

Full Screen Mode

With the click of a button, you can switch to the full-screen mode for easier reading and the best viewing experience. To optimize your vook, we suggest using the full-screen option whenever possible.


A simple bookmarking system allows you to mark your place for the next time you login to your vook and keep track of important passages or information you want to be able to access easily in the future.

Text Size

Change the size of the text so your eyes will be at their happiest.

Table of Contents and Navigation

Two methods of navigation make it easy to voyage through the story. A pop-up table of contents show the chapters in a customary format and a carousel of images along the bottom visually helps you move around the vook.

Of course, should you forget which icon means what, there is a helpful guide located on the top right corner of the screen. To access it, simply click the button that says “How to Use Vook”
We sincerely hope you enjoy your vook and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or comments! info (at) vook (dot) com
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  • barbara says:

    WOW! I bought the Jude Devereaux and read half of it during my dinner hour. This is definitely the book of the future. The video part still needs a little technical work…it wasn’t as smooth as a youtube video…and I think it will be more enriching and less distracting for kids books and non-fiction, but all in all it is positive and I am delighted to be a vook reader.

    Also, I love the actual reader interface…all ebooks should adopt it. It’s wonderful!

  • psngray says:

    I would think it would be worth considering doing a Vook of short stories. A short story requires less reader time commitment, and gives the Vook team a smaller scale storytelling event to be able to experiment with.

  • Raymond Brock says:

    I instantly see the possibilities for college textvooks. Text with imbedded: solved problems with a human talking over the writing (filmed on paper in step by step, patient manner), computer graphical simulations of concepts, actual physical demonstrations of concepts, actual shots from real experiments around the world; slides from lectures on the subject matter.

    My questions:

    1. how are they produced? What format is required for the text-part? pdf?
    2. how expensive are these to make? are “enterprise editions” possible for specific courses in specific semesters?
    3. that is, are all vooks (at least with Simon and Schuster) going to be trade vooks?

    This could be interesting and pedagogically sound.

    Raymond Brock
    Professor of Physics
    Michigan State University

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  • @psngray I agree, short stories would make great vooks :-)

  • Hi Raymond,

    We definitely see a future in textbooks. We’ve even blogged about it a few times. My aunt who teaches in an online Master’s program brings this point up pretty much every time we talk!

    For your questions:
    1. We work with the author(s) and filmmaker(s) very closely to produce content. The text can already be written (90 Second Fitness, one of our launch titles was already out in print), but we work with the author and publishing house to adapt it to the vook format. We then put it all together into a vook.
    2. At this time, we don’t offer an enterprise solution. I would be surprised if we don’t at least consider it down the road though.
    3. Our initial titles are all trade vooks, but again, this doesn’t mean that it might be different in the future.

    There are so many possibilities for where we can head as a company and where vooks will head as a product. Considering how creative and imaginative Brad Inman had to be to come up with Vook in the first place, I can only believe that many more innovative incarnations are to come.

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