April 07, 2010 08:00 ET
Trident Media Group Taps Vook to Publish Deepak Chopra Titles
Chopra's "Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment" and Interviews with "Sages and Scientists" to be Released as Vooks
ALAMEDA, CA and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 7, 2010) - Vook today announced a strategic publishing relationship with renowned literary agency Trident Media Group. Trident Media Group also announced today plans for its first two vooks, one by best-selling author Deepak Chopra and the other featuring interviews with acclaimed academics from the Chopra Foundation's Symposium: Sages and Scientists: The Merging of a New Future.
A vook is a mixed-media form that blends video, text, images and social streams into a single, integrated experience. Vooks can be streamed to the browser-based Vook Reader or downloaded as a unique mobile application. Trident Media Group and Vook will collaborate with Deepak Chopra to release a vook of his novel, "Buddha: A Story of Enlightenment," as well as a vook featuring world-renowned doctors, philosophers, thinkers and theologians from the Chopra Foundation's Sages and Scientists Symposium discussing groundbreaking ways that science and religion can work together to create a better world. Featured scholars include: Larry Dossey, Hans Peter Duerr, G. Patrick Flanagan, Ervin Laszlo, Rustum Roy, Marilyn Schlitz, Vladimir L. Voeikov, Fred Alan Wolf, Jim Tucker, Juliana Brooks Mortenson, and Marc Newkirk.
"I am delighted to be working with Vook and am grateful that Trident Media brought me this opportunity," said Deepak Chopra. "We are entering a new era of multimedia expression that brings information and knowledge into the human nervous system through a variety of sensory inputs. For the last 25 years, I have written about consciousness and the ramifications of understanding our spirit through the window of science. Today I believe this is possible because of new technologies, and I am thrilled that 'Buddha' will reach what I hope is a critical mass of people as a multimedia adventure story on enlightenment. At the same time, I am very happy to see the great work of 'Sages and Scientists,' which I hope will reach millions of people through this vook."
"Vook provides a great opportunity to take literary works from our catalog and create rich new media experiences from them," said Robert Gottlieb, Trident Media Group. "Vook's digital format also allows our many fans and readers to access these new works on a range of mobile and online devices, creating much greater flexibility for our readers on how and when they can read them."
"Trident Media Group is a forward-looking literary agency that is well-positioned to take advantage of the amazing new possibilities in mixed-media digital publishing," said Bradley Inman, CEO and founder of Vook. "By combining Deepak's unique and powerful vision of the world and Vook's content-rich publishing format, we have the opportunity to create something that's never before been experienced."
Vook is a digital publisher that mixes media including text, video, pictures, social media and links to create new experiences of the books and authors that readers love. Vook's publishing tool, MotherVook, provides publishers with the ability to quickly and cost-effectively produce high quality mixed media e-book titles. Vooks are streamed to the browser-based Vook Reader and are also available on-the-go as a unique mobile application. Vook is based in Alameda, CA with offices in New York. For more information about vooks, visit www.vook.com.
About Trident Media Group
In September 2000, Robert Gottlieb and Dan Strone left the William Morris Agency and founded Trident Media Group. Since then, Trident has become one of the fastest-growing, most-successful literary agencies in the publishing industry. In 2002, the Ellen Levine Literary Agency merged with Trident Media Group.
About Deepak Chopra
Hailed by Time Magazine as one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century and credited as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine," Deepak Chopra is a physician and author of more than fifty-five books translated into over thirty-five languages worldwide, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both the fiction and nonfiction categories. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and Washington Post On Faith and contributes regularly to Oprah.com, Intent.com, and Huffington Post and hosts his weekly Deepak Chopra Wellness Program on Sirius/XM Stars, Channels 102 and 155. Visit: www.deepakchopra.com