Alcestis Books

Book trailers

The New York Times takes them on. Actually, the article’s about book websites, particularly the sort of shiny Flash extravaganzas produced for books with big marketing budgets (see: The Da Vinci Code) or authors who are willing and able to shell out for a popular web designer. I have to admit that I haven’t seen many book trailers, though I did watch a few of the ones linked from the Times article. My very favorite book trailer is for a small press fantasy anthology called A Field Guide to Surreal Botany:

I remember seeing the call for submissions for this anthology and thinking about how neat it sounded, and I think this book trailer (by Living Jacket) really captures that.

This morning I spent a little while playing around with Animoto, a site that generates animated slideshow-type videos from user-provided photos and their own music stable (or your uploaded mp3). I made a few super-quick drafts of a trailer for Alcestis. The process isn’t quite as satisfying as I’d hoped — the application tends to eat some of the images you choose, even if you mark them as images you want “spotlighted” — but you can remix the videos by running them through the Animoto engine again. All in all, a fun way to waste twenty minutes, and rather pretty for a free tool.

Any thoughts on book trailers? If you’ve seen any you loved (or hated), recommend and/or diss them in the comments.


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