Saturday, August 28, 2010

Famous actors narrate books for iPad

Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, The Hunt for Red October) and David Tennant (BBC TV Dr Who) provide the voices for the newest two children's picture books release for the iPad.

Penguin Group (NZ) in partnership with New Zealand company Kiwa Media is delighted to announce that Lynley Dodd's iconic bestseller Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy (David Tennant) and Jamie Lawrence's retold story Flick the Little Fire Engine (Sam Neill) are now both available in the iTunes iPad app store worldwide.

Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy debuted at #1 on the iPad apps books chart in New Zealand. This celebrated children's classic, with sales in traditional book form of over 1.5m copies worldwide, is about to reach a new generation of readers.

Flick the Little Fire Engine is a retelling of the classic American 'coming of age' story based on the hit 1946 radio story and includes the original sound track.

The QBook format offers young readers a new way to experience their favourite books on the iPad. This format has some unique features including touchable text to read, sound and spell, record your own voice, sound zones and animation and the ability to colour-in each page.

The release of these titles on the iPad marks another significant move for Penguin NZ as they adapt and embrace digital publishing.

"The iPad offers us a chance to share these wonderful books in a new way.

We can now offer a reading experience that is fully interactive, using all the features the iPad brings to the publishing world, yet we can remain faithful to the original book."

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