TELEVISION comedian Rob Brydon isn’t joking when he says the future of books is changing - his autobiography is out in hard copy, as an audio book, e-book and an enhanced e-book, with video content.
But he put smiles on the faces of scores of fans when they turned up to get their hands on a traditional signed copy of Small Man In A Book in Sheffield.
He was at WH Smith in Meadowhall, ahead of his sell-out talk at the city’s Off The Shelf literary festival.
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The Gavin and Stacey star, whose Off the Shelf talk took place at The Foundry in the University of Sheffield Students’ Union, explained how the enhanced e-version of his book, designed for electronic book readers, features exclusive videos and a narrated photo gallery.
“You get the text, but I’ve also gone out and shot interviews with Steve Coogan, James Corden, David Walliams, Julia Davis, my drama teacher from school, my dad and my best school pal,’’ he told The Star in an exclusive video chat.
“There are old radio clips and a few more photos in there. In the photo section I talk you through.
“It’s the kind of thing, if I was buying this from a comedian I really liked, I would love it if they had done this.
“Nothing is a one-media platform. It’s like an industrial or technological revolution. Some people are ahead of that curve and the rest of us are running along trying to get your audience, who are spread out.
“You’ve got to try and grab them. It’s exciting. It’s new and it’s challenging.”