Bonus Material: CSI Creator Produces Movie-like “Digi-Novel”

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka


Writer/Producer Anthony Zuiker was driving a tram in Las Vegas when he came up with the idea for Crime Scene Investigation (CSI), the long-running television hit. Since he said that his pilot for the series “broke all the rules” of scriptwriting — as a result of his not knowing a thing about writing. Now, he’s conceived of a “book” that would seem to break many of the rules of conventional publishing as well.

Dubbed Level 26, the book aims to be wholly interactive, incorporating a Web site and movie-like transitions between chapters. Zuiker is promoting it as “the world’s first interactive novel,” one that makes “the reading experience easier and more enjoyable by providing levels of engagement beyond just endless white pages.”

READ: what Zuiker himself has to say about his project and why he sees it (perhaps a bit arrogantly) as “the reinvention” of publishing. (via The Wrap).

About the Author

Edward Nawotka

A widely published critic and essayist, Edward Nawotka serves as a speaker, educator and consultant for institutions and businesses involved in the global publishing and content industries. He was also editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives since the launch of the publication in 2009 until January 2016.