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Apple today launched an "Enhanced Edition" for A Game of Thrones [Direct Link], the first book in George R.R. Martin's fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire (via The Guardian). The new digital edition marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the novel, and its four subsequently published sequels are also coming soon in the new remade format: A Clash of Kings (October 27), A Storm of Swords (December 15), A Feast for Crows (February 2), and A Dance with Dragons (March 30).

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The enhanced editions offer interactive maps, author notes from Martin, glossaries, family trees, and illustrations that "add to the adventure, whether you're new to the books or speak fluent Dothraki." For fans still waiting for the sixth book in the series, The Winds of Winter, each enhanced edition comes with an excerpt from the upcoming novel that was previously published on Martin's website.

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"We're now entering a new period in the history of publishing," said Martin, announcing the new edition. "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."
In a video on the iBooks page for the new collection, Martin calls his partnership with Apple "an amazing next step in the world of books," thanks to the interactivity infused in each edition that can help explain the sometimes overwhelming nature of his novels. Fans interested can purchase A Game of Thrones for $8.99 today [Direct Link], and pre-order the other four books for $11.99 each.

Article Link: Apple and George R.R. Martin Debut 'A Game of Thrones' Enhanced Edition iBook
 

wolfshades

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It looks cool but….as someone who has purchased and read the first three books, it's not enough to entice me to buy them again. I love the Game of Thrones books and TV shows but……the books are a little like the Wheel of Time series: never ending, and too long between books.
 
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KazKam

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These were a good read initially, but not something I'd likely read again, and definitely not buy again. What WOULD be nice though is, oh, I don't know... the next book in the series!
 
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keysofanxiety

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I'm really, really hoping there's a little pop-up next to Jon Snow's name, that always displays "Knows nothing" when you press it. Every single time his name is mentioned in the novels.

I don't think I'd get bored of that. :oops:
 

RichTeer

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I've held off buying these books until the whole series has been published (so that the artwork of the covers of form the same theme; I'm kind of anal like that!), and now I'm really glad. These enhanced editions look really cool!
 
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oneMadRssn

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The interactive map feature sounds really cool. It would be cool if the map was a standalone app, so I can follow along on the map on my iPhone when I want, but not have to read the actual text on a backlit LCD screen.
 

Solomani

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Ummmm.... you were pleased watching her get raped? Not sure you thought that post through
You realize that one of the most central themes in Game of Thrones is rape and violence against women, right? Apparently, a legion of millions of GoT fanatics (readers, TV series viewers, gamers) don't seem to be bothered by such adult themes. Go figure.
 

HiRez

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Until there's upgrade pricing they'll get $0 from me. No way am I paying full price again for the books I already bought.
 

Northgrove

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Hopefully this vile post glorifying rape will be removed ASAP. Sad, but revealing that there are people who enjoy watching rape scenes and brag about it.
Huh..? I read it as criticism of the series for lack of realism.

That is, to spell it out: You don't normally fall in love in people you get raped by.
 
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Creek0512

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Check out the release dates, just like the originals, the gaps between releases grows progressively longer.
 
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