Dean Koontz and Bantam Dell Coming to SL?

Electric Sheep bringing Dean Koontz and Bantam Dell authors to the virtual world of Second Life

It looks like the Electric Sheep Company (sponsors of this blog) are getting ready to bring authors from Random House’s Bantam Dell imprint to the virtual world of Second Life. I was poking around the Grid today and dropped in on Sheep Island, where I spotted a Bantam Dell building just outside Sheep Tower. The inside is all set up for what looks like a reading or Q&A, the featured author being best-selling thriller writer Dean Koontz. While this could just be a test build, the Bantam Dell logo is slapped all over everything, and the place looks ready for a bunch of literary-minded avatars to show up and pelt Koontz with questions. I don’t have much information other than that, just a few screenshots, which you can check out after the jump.

Electric Sheep bringing Dean Koontz and Bantam Dell authors to the virtual world of Second Life
Enter here

Electric Sheep bringing Dean Koontz and Bantam Dell authors to the virtual world of Second Life
That’s Dean Koontz

Electric Sheep bringing Dean Koontz and Bantam Dell authors to the virtual world of Second Life
The room

There’s also a movie screen in one corner running promos for Bantam Dell authors, including one for Daniel Goleman, author of Social Intelligence, The New Science of Human Relationships. But no word yet on when events might actually start up there. I do think this is a great way to bring books into Second Life. Actually reading things in Second Life is incredibly frustrating and not at all worth the effort, but bringing authors in to do talks, interviews or Q&As would be perfect.

Electric Sheep bringing Dean Koontz and Bantam Dell authors to the virtual world of Second Life
A spooky little cafe in the corner

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  1. The great folks over at Info Island, Info Island II, Cybrary City, etc. have been bringing authors inworld for readings, discussions and Q&A sessions for some time now. If Bantam Dell is smart, they’ll set up their shop somewhere on the Info Island Archipelago. More info at http://infoisland.org/

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