New ebook lifts Robinson Crusoe's story to an interactive level
HAMBURG, Germany, Jan. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - With their new ebook app "Robinson Crusoe" the German startup company Frankbooks enhances the novel of Daniel Defoe with comments from his companion Friday - shown as posts from a Facebook account under his name. The app contains sixty episodes from his life and enables users to communicate with other readers, as well as with the author or a particular character from the novel (here: Friday). This is done via an integrated Facebook plugin which enables users to interact within the app. This new way of social storytelling allows authors to create advanced narrative structures by combining some of their story's character(s) with interactive Facebook accounts. On the other hand users can take part in the story and in return build new forms of global reader circles.
"We want to give users the opportunity to interact with each other while enjoying the book. That's our idea of social reading. In enhancing the story of Robinson Crusoe's adventures with our Facebook feature we want to show the possibilities of modern epublishing and attract new groups of readers to this classic novel," says Frank Habbe, founder of Frankbooks.
In addition to Friday's comments the ebook contains sixty illustrated photos, animated images and maps. Robinson Crusoe is available on iTunes in English and German language versions. A non interactive version can be purchased via Apple's iBookstore and will be ready for other e-readers soon.
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