PadWorx Digital Media has announced that they will be releasing an interactive ebook for the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol.
The ebook will be available this Christmas through the App Store for iPad and iPhone, with pricing to be announced in the coming weeks.
Watch the trailer for the ebook here below.
A Christmas Carol interactive ebook will have 130 abridged pages from the Dickens holiday tale, that are illustrated with a steampunk design, and will be enhanced with original music, soundscapes, and effects.
The ebook was designed “to feel as if the iPad or iPhone you’re reading it on has been itself transformed into a steam-powered machine,”according to Jeffery Alan Schechter, CEO and producer at PadWorx Digital Media, Inc.
Readers will not only witness Ebenezer Scrooge’s heart-warming transformation through 130 pages of lovingly abridged text, but for the first time they will become part of the story through revolutionary interaction. Turn the key in Scrooge’s door and watch as the door knocker changes into the deceased Jacob Marley, or try your hand at cleaning pages of the grime of industrial-era London. Whether you’re traveling through time and space with Scrooge and the spirits of Christmases Past, Present, and Future, or powering up and manipulating an assortment of wonderful steam and gas-powered inventions, PadWorx A Christmas Carol’s steampunk-style animation, illustrations, original score and sound effects will captivate readers through the story’s unforgettable images and lessons of darkness, despair, joy and life.
A Christmas Carol will be released first for the iPad, followed shortly afterwards by a version for the iPhone.
PadWorx Digital Media are the same folks behind the Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition app released this Halloween, which was approved by the Stoker estate. A Christmas Carol has been endorsed by the Dickens family.
I’m loving the idea of this interactive ebook. If you watch the trailer, you’ll really get a sense of how immersive the experience will be. As I said in my review for the Blu-ray edition of Disney’s A Christmas Carol, this story is one of my favorites, so I’m really looking forward to trying out this new product on my iPad.