By Edward Nawotka
In today’s feature story Kirk Bowe, CTO of UK app developer TradeMobile, explains how the company is attempting to create what amounts to a 3-D narrative on screens. In describing the company’s King and Queens app, developed from David Starkey’s book of the same name, Bowe says:
This is the natural evolution for audiences who wish to consume their entire reading experience on digital devices. The app uniquely marries an e-reading experience with timelines, family trees, and learning trails using the exclusive “BeyondTheStory” technology. Jump from an event on the timeline straight in to the narrative in the book, or highlight a key location in the book and be transported to the map showing where it took place. Everything is linked together and gives you the unique ability to choose your own path of discovery.
This type of non-linear “reading” is perhaps more analogous to how we really learn than what we experience from reading a narrative nonfiction book. E-books — and apps in particular — promise this future. As readers become more accustomed to these “enhancements,” they are likely to take them for granted. A plain old book that offers footnotes, appendices and indexes will begin to seem cumbersome and inconvenient in comparison.
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