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The First Virtual Reality Book
Melbourne, Australia – September 22 2015: ASJ Publishing have just released the first virtual reality book for Oculus Rift. The book will offer readers a visually immersive reading experience.
According to the CEO of Sega, Mike Hayes, the virtual reality industry will be worth a staggering $6 billion within the next two years. The majority of this will be attributed to the Oculus Rift device, which has had drastic improvements to its functionality since it was initially announced in 2012. Different uses are constantly being created for the device, which is bound to change the way people experience art and entertainment.
With several virtual reality games and movies already available for people to enjoy, it is easy to see that many industries have already accepted the Oculus Rift as the device of the future. Just last week the virtual reality television show Sleepy Hollow won an Emmy award, which will certainly encourage the television industry to produce more shows of the like.
Whether it is stepping into their favorite game, watching an immersive movie, experiencing destinations around the world or spending time with friends, the Oculus Rift offers users a unique experience. The Melbourne-based publishing house ASJ Publishing believes that not only will virtual reality change the way people experience art and entertainment, but it can also change the way people read.
“We are stepping outside the limitations of a traditional book.” explains Chris Jackson, the founder of ASJ Publishing. “Imagine being able to visually immerse yourself into a book. For instance, you could be reading a book of a woman walking through a forest and be entirely surrounded by detailed foliage and staggeringly tall trees. As you continue reading, the breeze will come through the trees and blow the leaves around you. The content of the scene will set the mood of the story. This is unlike anything you have ever experienced while reading a book.”
ASJ Publishing have just released the first virtual reality book for Oculus. Written by Ken Maxon and developed by Kevin Gulling, the book is a poetry piece titled“A Chapter Finished, A Page Turned, the Sunset will Come Back.” It was initially published by ASJ in 2012 and the company has decided to use it as their first virtual reality book due to its relaxing tone and atmosphere. While reading the book on a virtual reality device, readers will experience a “book reading simulation” whilst on an island. They will be sitting in the sand, under a palm tree and be able to watch the waves roll in and the birds flying above.
As the popularity of virtual reality continues during the near future, ASJ Publishing hopes to release many more virtual reality books. To find out more information visit www.asjpublishing.com.
Get it on Oculus: https://share.oculus.com/app/a-chapter-finished