Apple joins with publisher to put first picture book on iPhone
Apple, the technology company, has linked up with a British publisher to launch the first children's picture book on a mobile telephone.
By Richard Savill
Published: 2:36PM BST 23 Aug 2009
Winged Chariot Press has published The Surprise by Sylvia van Ommen, which tells the story of a sheep which makes a gift for a friend, on the iPhone.
Parents can download The Surprise for 59p direct to their iPhones, and children can follow the illustrations on the touch-sensitive screens.
Apple 'to launch tablet touch-screen computer' Neal Hoskins, of Winged Chariot Press, said: "At home many parents already share their laptops and phones as digital entertainment devices with their children.
Now, they can use and enjoy them together.
"The Surprise is the first of many creations on this platform, giving you fantastic and wonderfully drawn images, as well as fun animation and storytelling."
The publisher said the backlit screens meant children would also be able to read stories at bedtime.
Martin Salisbury, a children's literature expert and illustrator, said: "Overcoming my innate fear of the screen and lifelong attachment to the turning of the printed page, I was pleasantly surprised by the ease and elegance with which it was translated into this digital form.
Is it just me or does the price--about 95 cents--seem rawther low?