The Bakersfield Californian has just released "Unbeaten," its third e-book this year, an iPad-only celebration of Bakersfield High School's unbeaten 2011 football season.
The Drillers' 13-0 season was the latest in a long string of titles for the state's most consistently successful prep-football program.
Louis Amestoy, The Californian's Digital Convergence Manager, used Apple's iBooks Author program to produce the 150-page book that's stuffed with multimedia by repackaging a variety of staff-produced stories and photos with video highlights recorded by BHS staff.
All told, "Unbeaten" includes:
- 132 photos, most never-before-published.
- 41 videos of game highlights.
- Game stories, stats and Californian prep reporter Zach Ewing's richly reported live-blog posts.
- Features on head coach Paul Golla and Drillers legend Frank Gifford, and more.
"Unbeaten" is a great keepsake for anyone with ties to BHS, who loves football or simply is interested in self-publishing multimedia books. We're experimenting with these kinds of "enhanced" e-books at The Californian because we see a market for quality multimedia content that takes advantage of ever-popular platforms like the iPad. The ability to view photo galleries, audio and video from within a digital book just gives the topic an added layer of enjoyment.
Because of the heavy focus on video, we don't have any plans to release versions of "Unbeaten" for other e-reader platforms like the Kindle and Nook, both of which have restricted multimedia capabilities.
"Unbeaten" is the latest in The Californian's series of e-books. "March Meet: Bakersfield's Love Affair With Speed, Nitro & Good Times" and "Being Basque in Bakersfield" were released earlier this year. Coming soon is "The Great Quakes of 1952," a look at the two massive quakes that shook Bakersfield and Tehachapi 60 years ago.