Penguin launches interactive e-book for children on iPhone (with video)
Posted on 4-Feb-2010 08:10
Filed under: News
The Penguin Group (NZ), in partnership with Kiwa Media, is bringing a number of popular children's picture books into the digital arena with QBook, a touch-enabled and interactive read-along storybook.
QBook designed specifically for children and run on the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The software is completely intuitive, and the Swipe-to-Read function enables children to run their fingers across the words and letters and hear the story read aloud as the graphics pop and change color.
Touch-to-Hear allows children to hear the individual word spoken and Touch-to-Spell enables the child to actually hear the word being spelt.
Children and parents can customize each QBook by recording their own voice and coloring in every picture in the book. There are also games and puzzles included in the QBook, Wordfind and Memory Pairs.
Users can switch languages to explore the QBook story and puzzles in Spanish, French, Portuguese and New Zealand Maori.
The software will also be available for Windows 7, Symbian and Android smartphones in May 2010.
QBook launches with Sebastian's Tail (Penguin) and Milly, Molly and the Tree Hut (MMH). Coming soon is Flick,The Red Fire Engine, Wheelbarrow Wilbur, That's Not Junk (Penguin), Oh Hogwash Sweet Pea, Barnaby Bennett (Huia Publishing), Milly, Molly series (x 50 titles - MMH)
Kiwa Media is in discussion with other major publishers including Harper Collins and Random House
KIWA Media is a New Zealand company that produces digital content, creates ICT solutions and develops, distributes and supports products and services for the digital entertainment industry. Roger Shakes, Kiwa Media Vice President, Business Development says "The option to buy children's books in the digital arena has been rather limited. QBook has been designed to give kids the most interactive reading experience whilst still retaining all the elements of the original book. Reading a QBook on an iPad is going to be awesome."
"We've developed a software tool that enables us to migrate large numbers of children's book titles for all Apple's touch enabled screens. Publishers can opt to include a range of games and puzzles to enhance the interactive experience, but the book remains at the center of the content."