How Would You Build a David Foster Wallace App?

9780316073851_154X233.jpgIf you were building an eBook app version of David Foster Wallace’s sprawling novel, Infinite Jest, what features would you add?

Over at Daily Finance, Hachette revealed a few new projects to create digital books with fancy new features, including a “NASCAR-oriented app” and “a synchronized text/audio edition” of Echo Park by Michael Connelly. They also plan to offer “standalone app” version of Infinite Jest. Out of all the writers slated for an enhanced edition, Wallace’s work could be perfect–with plenty of footnotes, inter-textual references, and endless cultural allusions.

Here’s more from Maja Thomas, senior VP of Hachette digital–quoted in the article: “We thought, wouldn’t it be great if, when a footnote appears, there’s a symbol in the e-version of the text, and if you tap on it, you can go right to the footnote, and then tap back into the text at any time.”