Are Book Trailers the eBook Extras of the Future?

Today WNYC covered Melville House’s first annual Moby Awards–a genuine red carpet ceremony held at The Griffin in Manhattan this evening. Email here to RSVP.

While many scoff at this new digital medium, this editor shared his pet theory with WNYC: “My hope is that someday the extra interviews and other kooky things that authors are creating to support their books can actually be included inside the book, like DVD extras inside of a digital book.”

There are finalists for a variety of categories, including: Best Big Budget Book Trailer; Best Cameo in a Book Trailer, Best Author Appearance in a Book Trailer; Least Likely to Actually Sell the Book; and finally, Best Low Budget/Indie Book Trailer. To prepare yourself, check out that Karl Rove attack ad book trailer (not a finalist) embedded above.

The awards will be judged by a panel of publishing folk, including this GalleyCat editor,‘s Troy Patterson, the LA Times‘ Carolyn Kellogg, OR Books’ Colin Robinson, and Melville House Publishing’s Megan Halpern.