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Looking for a Few Good Book Trailers

September 8, 2008 8:17 AM

I don’t think it’s a secret that I like books. You know, the actual paper thingmajigs with words and covers and all? Call me a Luddite, but I’d pretty much always choose a book over video—even if that video comes from my beloved Apple TV or iPod.

But my job, after all, is covering video. So I like to look for opportunities to bring the things I love into the Web video world. Which means … it’s time to talk about book trailers!

I have become particularly interested in how publishers use Web video to promote their books; for example, Robin Cook’s recent novel “Foreign Body” came with a prequel in the form of a Web series. But authors are leading this charge and developing book trailers for their works as well.

I’ve come across a few good ones, but would like to find more. So consider this post my call to action! If you know of a good book trailer, let me know. Post it in the comments section or e-mail me.

In the meantime, here are two that pretty much rock. The first is for Scott Sigler’s recently released novel “The Infected.”

And the second one is for Courtney Summers' debut novel, “Cracked Up to Be,” due out in December.

Oh and I guess now is the part where I get to say I read an advance copy of the book and, yeah, it’s mind-blowingly good.

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Daisy,
I'm a big fan of book trailers, too!

I've compiled a list of 18 of my top favorites on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/profile_favorites?user=pulsepointdesign

Be sure to check out the trailer for Stephen King's Duma Key, and the trailer put together by Frank Beddor, the producer of There's Something About Mary, who's writing a completely amazing adventure trilogy for adults based on the Alice In Wonderland story!

Enjoy:)
Kelli

I love it when I see people talking about book trailers in such a positive way.
Back in 2002, when COS created a book trailer for Christine Feehan, if you Googled the term "book trailer" there was nothing there about book video. Now Google the term!
As a pioneer of the book trailer market it's exciting to see so many famous authors, directors or actors start to get into the book video trend. It brings more attention to books and to reading!
There are many online sites dedicated to book video including a new site for Comic Book Trailers. ReadersEntertainment.tv, bookvideo.tv, RomanceNovel.tv, Bookscreening.com, Preview the Book, it's amazing!!!

hwbj:

I'm flabbergasted...or maybe I overate or something but I've never thought of online book trailers.

I love the idea and am waiting to see what you come up with, Daisy

I've been following TwitterLit
http://www.twitterlit.com/ for some suggestions...and can't understand why I've never thought of book trailers

now I can go wait for the article and pound my head for being so stupid :)

We love 'em too! So much so that it's what we work on every day :)

Check out some of our bookshort films:
http://www.bookshorts.com/watch_films.htm

We've also put together a program of short films - all based on written works! - from artists around the world. We'll be touring Moving Stories Films across Canada at various literary & film festivals and other events starting Sept. 28 in Winnipeg.

Here's our program:
http://movingstoriesfilmfest.com/media/

http://movingstoriesfilmfest.com/

Becky:

I didn't even know that there were such a thing until just recently. I was checking out great books to read and came across Linda Overman's newest book, scheduled to come out October 6th titled, "Letters Between Us." Right there on her website was a book trailer. It was very intriguing to see. A great idea. Anita, I will have to check out some of your trailers. I think they are very entertaining!

As an author and filmmaker, I love book trailers. That's why we started www.brandingshorts.com - to make compelling book trailers authors can afford.

Here's the trailer we made for my novel, THE ROAD TO JUDE - a journey through heaven, after 911.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HELhS3x-sSc

Please stop by and see some of our other trailers:)

Tamara Dever:

I'd love for you to check out the new trailer for a powerful book, "Straight Outta East Oakland." It's the author's first book and he knows his stuff! Getting kids off the streets, out of gangs, and into a fulfilling life is his mission and this book shows that it can be done.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=030eGRaiG7A

Thank you!
Tami

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