Game of Thrones has a universe more extensive than anything else, and if the show wasn’t vast enough, the book series by George R.R Martin, A Song of Ice and Fire are even bigger. For some of us it is pretty tricky to keep track of the numerous characters of the show and even more of those of the books, so if it were to get harder to remember what happened last with one of the characters, we’d be none the wiser. Some fans who want to read the books also have a hard time deciding whether to read them since the world is so extensive, but there is an electronic solution to everything, and the ASOIF book series is no exception.
To make our lives easier, Random House and iBooksare soon to release enhanced e-book editions of the books. The first volume in the series, for iPhones, iPads and Macs that will make it much easier to keep track of the characters and the narration. Since every chapter of the books focuses on one particular character, when the reader is going through the chapters, the ebook will keep track of each section with a map of where that character is currently located.
Readers can tap into the maps to expand and zoom in on details. As the story progresses, maps even include footnotes reminding readers of when they last saw that character: For instance, in Chapter 6, a note reminds the reader, “When we were last with Catelyn, her husband had returned to Winterfell after executing a deserter from the Night’s Watch…”
With a much simpler approach, characters are introduced in bold names which, when tapped, will reveal the important details of the particular character, and this biographical information can also be accessed in a glossary via the table of contents. Annotations are marked throughout with crown icons that can be accessed, to get historical information, both fictional and nonfictional. After a holdfast is mentioned in the text, for instance, an annotation explains, “A holdfast is a small, local fortress—often primitive—intended for the villagers or others in its area to take refuge in…”
There are many illustrations throughout the books, which include an appendix of 92 house sigils, nine house lineages, a detailed map of “The Known World” and marked trails of several main characters’ journeys throughout the first novel. Since it is the 20th anniversary of ASOIF, Martin released an illustrated hardbound version of A Game of Thrones, and this ebook makes it a lot easier for those fans who were so far unwilling to grab a copy. The editions of the subsequent four novels in the series will be released from October to March, giving us plenty of time to get through them twice until Martin releases the next book in the series.
In addition to all these details, the digital book will also include the excerpt from Winds of Winter, which is the upcoming book in A Song of Ice and Fire series. HarperCollins has said that the excerpt was briefly available on George R.R. Martin’s website but now it will be available only in the new enhanced edition. George R.R. Martin also released the following statement.
“We’re now entering a new period in the history of publishing. The digital book gives readers the ability to experience all this rich secondary material that had not been possible before. These enhanced editions, available only on iBooks, include sigils and family trees and glossaries. 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.”