Interactive e-books here we come! Released just a week ago, the Alice app for iPad by Atomic Antelope has caused quite a stir. See this sneak preview on YouTube:
Using the old artwork from Lewis Carroll’s original, it’s a very attractive looking application. Shaking the screen allows you to interact with the illustrations; my personal favourite is being able to throw tarts at the Queen of Hearts!
Purists of course are beside themselves (how this will erode the reading experience etc), but I have to admit, I think it looks quite fun…An interactive illustrated book is more like a game than a read in any case. Just because I read pop-up books as a child, doesn’t mean I’ve read nothing else since.
I’m very keen to see what Atomic Antelope will produce next…
Lara Crisp, Managing Editor