A New Digital Enhanced Edition of A Game of Thrones, Available Now!

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We have the Illustrated Edition commemorating the 20th Anniversary of A Game of Thrones, and now we have something for A Song of Ice and Fire fans who are a little more digital-friendly, in this modern world.

Today Random House announced they’re releasing an enhanced edition of A Game of Thrones exclusively on iBooks, downloadable for iPhones and iPads.

A Game of Thrones is available now for $8.99. Enhanced editions of the other books in the ASOIAF series will be available in the forthcoming months. Elegant new watercolor covers have been created for each novel in the series.

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Photo: EntertainmentWeekly.com. Find the other ASOIAF covers at EW.com.

Along with the new look, the edition includes colorful character and location illustrations and interactive character maps in each chapter. Peppered throughout the novel you’ll find, according to EW, “Martin-approved annotations — shown using a small crown icon — also reveal deeper trivia about the world of ice and fire, while audio clips narrated by actor Roy Dotrice help immerse readers in the novel’s most memorable passages. (In one chapter, a White Walker’s attack comes to sonic life.)”

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Each enhanced edition comes with more information to make your reading easier and more accessible, especially for the newcomers. The editions include an appendix with info on the Great Houses of Westeros with family trees and sigils, a map detailing the characters’ travels, and a glossary to help you decipher the world of A Song of Ice and Fire.

According to EW, George R.R. Martin says of the new edition, “Anything that confuses you, anything you want to know more about, it’s right there at your fingertips. It’s an amazing next step in the world of books.”

You can see more images from the new edition at Entertainment Weekly!

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    1. So the future is now. I’ve been reading about something like this as the prediction for future of fiction, where a total combo of text, audio, and pop up annotations will be the new “book”. And here it is.

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    2. Cool but I still won’t read digital books unless I absolutely have to. I like turning the pages myself. Smelling the dead trees.

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    3. GeekFurious,

      Very first thing I do when I get a new book is randomly open it to a spot and smell. I swear, the only things that smell better to me than a new book are horses, fresh hay and leather.

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    4. Not fair for those of use who own Android devices. Oh, well … guess I’ll just have to make due with my hardcover copies.

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    5. Anna,

      thats awesome, no time like the present! I actually found a ton of my first edition/rare books at used book stores! All my books are in book cases right now so the next project in my house is going to be building built-ins along one wall in my living room so I can just have a wall full of books and get some space back in my office!

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    6. Fienix:
      GeekFurious,

      Very first thing I do when I get a new book is randomly open it to a spot and smell.I swear, the only things that smell better to me than a new book are horses, fresh hay and leather.

      Marry me. Even if you’re a dude and we’re both hetero. Just… marry me.

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    7. I want an audiobook version of the books with the GoT actors reading their chapters and dialogue. A dramatized version if you will.

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    8. For $8.99 I would’ve definitely purchased this but too bad it’s only available on iBooks.

      Flayed Potatoes:
      I want an audiobook version of the books with the GoT actors reading their chapters and dialogue. A dramatized version if you will.

      That sounds amazing! Kit talking in my ear as I fall asleep would be heavenly, lol.

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    9. To each his or her own, but I’ll take my books on paper, thank you – especially if they’re illustrated and annotated and loaded with character maps and other Easter eggs.

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    10. Good job I’ve avoided Google products this long. I find the small iphone a bit hard for extensive reading, but the iPad will do quite nicely, thank you. Like most of you, I prefer actual books, but the digital enhancements would be great. Still, I’d rather hear the likes of Bean/Addy/Dinklage/Headey/Harington/Williams/Clark etc than Roy Dotrice, good as he is.

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    11. GeekFurious,

      So agree with you. I thought I was the only one lol. When I open a book, I flip the pages, to feel the papers wisp between my fingers, I smell is breath as the pages shuffle quickly, and give thanks to the dead tree for the gift of being able to read a story.
      But still won’t get an iPhone lol. Can’t stand most Apple products.

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    12. orange:
      So the future is now. I’ve been reading about something like this as the prediction for future of fiction, where a total combo of text, audio, and pop up annotations will be the new “book”. And here it is.

      They were saying that about CD-ROM in the 90s. I remain cautiously optimistic but skeptical…

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