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Indiana Jones meets Back to the Future in an eBook that takes you to the story's rich landscapes through embedded 360° imagery.

Caracol is a new type of eBook that will enhance the way you read a story on your tablet, PC, or smart phone. Using innovative 360° technology, we will embed interactive images of Mayan ruins, remote islands, underground rivers, and cutting-edge laboratories throughout the book and you'll be able to access these by simply tapping the screen. You'll experience the unique places and bits of history that make up an intricate plot of twists and interesting characters, including a fascinating villain who, as a young PhD candidate in the 1970s, made a profound archaeological discovery at Chitzen Itza that he's kept secret his entire life. 

360° imagery is something that's much easier to show you than to describe: 

For 360° video, click here, then click the "360° Video" tab and have a blast watching the snowboarding video while looking in any direction you want.

For 360° panoramas, click here.

The novel's plot:

The time travel story line you see in the video is a significant piece of the plot, but only a portion of it. The majority of the story takes place in the present day with two groups of people (good and bad) putting the time travel incident's clues together as they globe trot from Guatemala, to Seattle, to Chile, and finally to the Yucatan Peninsula. Here's the Author's Note from the book:

Incentives for supporting this project:

You’re awesome and you’ll receive an awesome postcard from the trip with a handwritten thank you (actual postcard not shown).
You’re awesome and you’ll receive an awesome postcard from the trip with a handwritten thank you (actual postcard not shown).
You’re awesome, you get an awesome postcard, and you’ll receive a download of the eBook (retails at $19).
You’re awesome, you get an awesome postcard, and you’ll receive a download of the eBook (retails at $19).
Everything above plus early access to the first three chapters of the book and an exclusive link to all of the 360° images and video taken during the trip.
Everything above plus early access to the first three chapters of the book and an exclusive link to all of the 360° images and video taken during the trip.
Everything above plus you’ll receive an exclusive hour long rough-cut Kickstarter documentary filmed during the trip.
Everything above plus you’ll receive an exclusive hour long rough-cut Kickstarter documentary filmed during the trip.
Everything above, you'll be forever mentioned by name in the book's dedication page about how you made this possible, AND EITHER A MINOR OR MAJOR CHARACTER IN THE BOOK GETS NAMED AFTER YOU.
Everything above, you'll be forever mentioned by name in the book's dedication page about how you made this possible, AND EITHER A MINOR OR MAJOR CHARACTER IN THE BOOK GETS NAMED AFTER YOU.
Everything above AND YOU'RE COMING ON THE WEEK-LONG TRIP WITH US (September 2013, includes airfare and lodging, exact dates TBD).
Everything above AND YOU'RE COMING ON THE WEEK-LONG TRIP WITH US (September 2013, includes airfare and lodging, exact dates TBD).

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The biggest challenge is developing the actual eBook. This challenge is more of an opportunity, though, because Amazon just received a patent for content-rich Kindle eBooks that will allow authors a professional and cost-effective platform to deliver eBooks embedded with pictures, maps, and videos. With the timing of this Kickstarter project Caracol will be one of the very first adopters of Amazon's platform.

The other avenue will be developing it as an eBook app - an eBook with specialized content developed as an app on both iOS and Android. This will be done through Portland developers Shpatar Morina and SpotMetrix, a company that developed SpinCam which is an iPhone app that facilitates sharing of immersive 360 degree media within a community of over half a million users. For more information on eBook apps check out this Forbes article:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/alexknapp/2012/03/30/are-apps-the-future-of-book-publishing/

Project timeline:

1. September 2013: the trip to shoot the images in Latin America
2. December 2013: the book's manuscript gets completed
3. December 2013 to February 2014: final editing of the book and creation of the eBook format through developers and/or Amazon's newest eBook platform
4. March 2014: Caracol as an eBook is ready for delivery to readers

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