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Dragon novel written online in real time

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An innovative new way of novel writing

German author Silvia Hartmann has launched a high tech writing project, as she creates her new novel through a public Google Document.

The reader can see the novel being created and edited in real time, as The Dragon Lords comes to life. This innovative new way of producing and promoting a novel comes in the week it was revealed that e-book sales for the first half of 2012 were up 188 per cent compared with the same period in 2011. With more and more readers turning away from paper copies and investing in electronic book readers such as the new Kindle Fire, authors are having to follow the technological writing trend.

Hartmann has already published several fantasy novels with similar themes to The Dragon Lords, however the uniqueness of this idea has attracted many readers who would not usually be interested in this genre. The Google Document showcasing the novel has had extremely high levels of traffic, exposing her work to a whole new online audience.

E-readers embraced by users of all ages

The popularity of e-readers does not seem to be limited to one particular age group. While the adult title 50 Shades of Grey was the top selling book, sales of digital children’s books improved by 171 per cent on the figures for 2011. Meanwhile, physical book sales dropped by 0.4 per cent.

These sales figures were released by the Publishers Association, with chief executive Richard Mollet commenting: “The huge increase in digital sales shows how rapidly readers and publishers are embracing e-book reading.” He went on to state that they expected these sales to jump even further by the end of the year. With the Kindle Fire expected to be one of the top selling Christmas gifts, the rise of electronic books seems set to continue.

Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword commented: “It is always interesting to see how traditional methods change with new developments in technology, and this is just the latest example. If Silvia Hartmann is successful this could become a common trend for authors.”

Written by Ben Dudley

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