Anyone who has followed our press knows we have a tendency to zig and zag and redefine our mission on the run when we find work that moves us. We started out focused on Japan, then turned our eyes to New Orleans nearly 10 years ago when the levees broke, and since then, we've done books about pie, river treks, sushi, even eyepopping art.
One important zag came in 2011 when photographer Jennifer Shaw pitched us her eloquent visual memoir Hurricane Story. We hadn't thought of doing photography books until that moment, but the power of the photographs and the dramatic art of the story gripped us. I'm proud that we were able to publish the book in 2011.
Today, we're launching our first enhanced ebook—until now we haven't had the time or energy to do more than turn our books into digital files. But Jennifer connected us with Tina Henderson, who helped us rethink the book for digital platforms. The design has been updated, the colors tweaked, the table of contents is interactive, the map is animated and an embedded audio file contains an interview of Jennifer by former Times-Picayune book editor and current radio host Susan Larson. In short, we finally created an ebook that is up to our fairly rigorous aesthetic standards. It's available through our store and will soon be live on Amazon and Apple ibookstore and anywhere else people buy ebooks. We hope you enjoy it. Look for more ebooks that reinterpret our physical books soon.