“What Would You Do?” books offer choices to readers

On Sunday, Neo Tomes Publishing released Claire and Duke: Beats by Dre, the first title in its “What Would You Do?” line of e-books. Each book in this exciting new line will leverage modern technology to present readers with occasional choices that determine the outcome of the story. This close interaction with the book gives readers the power to create the story he or she wants to experience. It also allows readers to interact with a book multiple times and read a different story each time. So yes, it means you’ll get more bang for your buck.

Does this concept sound familiar? The “What Would You Do?” line is derived from the idea behind the popular “Choose Your Own Adventure” series, which initially came from Bantam Books and was targeted at children and young adults. For children, who have little authority to make choices in their real lives, the draw of the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books is understandable. These magical tomes allowed children to read creatively and, more importantly, imbued them with the ability to affect the world as they saw fit for the first time. So why did this empowering concept ever have to end? And why stop at children? Adults have minds of their own, too, right? If Neo Tomes has anything to say about it, reader choice is coming back in a big way in 2016—and this time, it’s for adults.

Claire and Duke: Beats by Dre (co-authored by yours truly) is just the beginning of a full series of Claire and Duke books in the “What Would You Do?” line. The inaugural title is available for Kindle, iBooks, and Kobo. A nook version is coming soon. For more, check out the Neo Tomes “What Would You Do?” page.

And there’s more where that came from. Those who grew up reading the original Bantam books are sure to find value in the ever-expanding “What Would You Do?” line from Neo Tomes. The “Choose Your Own Adventure” line began with Edward Packard’s The Cave of Time in 1979, and it lasted until 1998, leaving behind a legacy of 184 books. Neo Tomes, on the other hand, has no intention of stopping. Reader choice is back, and it’s here to stay.

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