I’m especially intrigued to see the reception of this digital book. Visually focused ebooks have long been beyond the reach of existing technology. Photos on a kindle leave much to be desired. The iPhone and iPad offer such a visually-rich experience that I’m surprised it took this long for the appearance of a digital photography monograph. The price for Capitolio is great at $4.99 and the nature of the medium allows for special additions to the work, including photos not in the print book and other media. In this case, there’s a 10-minute interview with Anderson by Tim Hetherington. Photobook apps likely aren’t the solution for everyone. Developing an app for Apple’s devices is cost- and labor-intensive. It’s an interesting development in the world of self-publishing, certainly.
Through the Looking Glass, a blog by Adoroma Rentals, has an interview with Anderson about how the digital book came about.