As most of you know, Waiting at Hayden’s is the first book to be published in the new reading experience format shopfiction™, which I coined and branded last year.
Links in the digital version of the book and web addresses in the print take you to video highlights where you can watch key scenes come to life and shop the characters’ clothes. There are also links the in the digital version each time an outfit is described. You can click on the link and see the character come to life in the exact setting I wrote about wearing a shoppable look.
Gianna, The Protagonist in Waiting at Hayden’s, as seen in the book. Image: Olivia Ashton
Until now, the digital version of Waiting at Hayden’s was easier to interact with. It’s been so fun to see everyone clicking on the links, watching the scenes, and shopping the looks from the book and I’ve been working towards making it easier for readers of the print editions to do the same.
Today, I’m excited to share that the print version of Waiting at Hayden’s is just as simple to interact with!
If you download this free QR reader (which some of you may already have), and select “URL Scanner” from the dropdown menu, you can simply hover your IPhone camera over any of the web addresses in the book and the scene you just read about will appear on your phone along with the complete character lookbook!
I’m working on an updated print version of the story to be released later this year, with barcodes in the footnotes on pages where outfits are mentioned. Then you’ll just have to hover your IPhone camera over the printed page to see the character appear.
So cool, right?! I’m excited about it and am hard at work on developing what’s next for shopfiction as well as continuing to revise my next novel, Map of Us. I can’t wait to share more details soon!
Enhancing the reading experience by using technology is something I’ve become really passionate about. I’ve always loved visuals and as soon as I read a book, if there’s a movie based on it, I want to watch it right away. If there’s not, I count down the days till someone turns it into one!
I also grew up wishing I could easily have access to my favorite fictional characters’ clothes because there’s something about putting on an outfit worn by someone you found inspiring that’s fun and gives you a confidence boost. Plus, I’ve loved introducing my readers to brands founded by other inspiring women like Winston White, Van de Vort, SAVI Style, Ash & Ky and more!
Thank you to my readers for continuing to support this story. Part of the excitement of writing a book is being able to share it and discuss it with others. I’m so appreciative of you all for being a part of this journey.