March 7, 2014 Last Updated 11:37 am

Turn It Up: Tribune music critic Greg Kot’s collection of music reviews, interviews and features

New eBook is part of series of projects being created by the newspaper with its publishing partner, Agate Digital

The publishing partnership between the Chicago Tribune and Agate Digital, the eBook imprint of Evanston, Illinois publisher Agate Publishing, has produced quite a number of new book titles in its short history. Announced in early 2012, the partnership has resulted in a large number projects to date, with many more in development, Doug Seibold, president of Agate told TNM.

TurnItUp-cover-lgThe latest eBook to be published, Turn It Up, is a retrospective of 13 years of reviews, interviews and features from the Tribune’s music critic, Greg Kot.

Kot has been the Trib’s music critic since 1990. He is also the author of several other music related books including Wilco: Learning How to Die, Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music, and the just released title I’ll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers and the March up Freedom’s Highway.

But Turn It Up was published as part of the Tribune’s new partnership with Agate Digital and so was conceived as digital-only. The book is divided into four main sections: Pop, Rick, Rap, and More. The Pop section contains reviews and interviews with Pink, Britney Spears, Neil Diamond and others, all that run together in the mobi version I received for the Kindle. The Rock section features a lengthy feature written following the death of George Harrison, including a timeline of the Beatles years.

TurnItUp-iPad-ani-lgBecause the digital book is designed to take advantage of the formats ability to display variable font sizes, how the book with look to you will depend on how you have set the fonts. Some stories start on a new page, but others simply run into the previous story. Breaking the book up into many chapters might have been more work, but it would have resulted in a better formatted book.

Kot’s work is extensive, and Turn It Up, contains overs 13 years of articles that have previously appeared in the Tribune, in print and online. The partnership with Agate Digital is all about finding a way to publish material that can be reformatted into new publishing vehicles for eBooks. As the material is derived from the Trib’s archives, what is available is the text and associated photography,  and I can guarantee you that the photography has never looked so good as it does on my iPad in the Kindle app.

Kot’s writing, of course, is top notch. And Kot’s ability to move from one genre to another, and present the artist fairly and insightfully is probably the biggest reason he is so well respected in both the music and newspaper industry.

Turn It Up will appeal to a broad spectrum of music lovers, and when priced at eBooks levels, $4.99 (though I see it is discounted on Amazon.com) delivers enormous value for the reader.

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