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DK unveils revolutionary interactive reading experience built with Apple’s innovative iBooks
DK today announced the publication of four revolutionary illustrated multimedia books using Apple's innovative iBooks, available now on the iBookstore. Heralding a new standard of illustrated eBooks, the four titles - My First ABC, Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Life, DK Natural History: Insects and DK Natural History: Mammals-Carnivores -combine video, sound, 3-D models, galleries and animations for the first time in a digital book form. These new DK books are based on titles that have sold over one million copies in more than 20 languages. A fifth title, Baking, will be launched in February with more to follow in the coming months.
Created by a team of DK award-winning editors and designers, information on the screen springs to life to bring fresh insight and excitement to a whole range of subjects and interests that encourage learning in the home.
- A 3-D model of a velociraptor skeleton
- An animation showing the step-by-step formation of a fossil
- A movie of a tiger hunting and a brown bear catching salmon
- Microscopic images of insects’ eyes and wings
- The sound of a Madagascan hissing cockroach
John Duhigg, Deputy CEO of DK, said: “Today represents a giant leap for how illustrated books will work in the digital world. The experience these new iBooks provide is thoroughly immersive and will encourage all those with a natural curiosity to get excited about the world around them in a bold new way. This is a significant moment for illustrated content and, particularly for DK who has always been at the forefront of digital innovation. Imaginative use of technology, design and editorial is at the heart of everything that DK does so we’re thrilled to be a part of this exciting launch”
John Duhigg, Deputy CEO of DK, is available for comment. For more information please contact, Rachel Kempster at DK US on 0011-1-646-674-4051.
“We were honoured when in July last year, Jim Stynes chose Penguin to be the publishers of his inspirational story. Jim has made a real difference to other people’s lives throughout his football career, his work with Reach and now his journey with cancer. He always tells it like it is – he stands tall when facing life’s biggest challenges, and is generous in sharing what he has learnt along the way. This book will bring all of that and more to readers later this year.” Andrea McNamara, Publisher
Jim Stynes’ Story, by Jim Stynes, Michael Joseph, rrp $39.95 will be published in September 2012.
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Two Lantern titles have been shortlisted for the Gourmand Best in the World competition in two categories.
Guillaume: Food for Friends by Guillaume Brahimi has been shortlisted in the Australia/Pacific category, while The Art of Pasta by Lucio Galletto and David Dale has been shortlisted in the Italian Cuisine category.
Winners will be announced 6 March 2012 in Paris.
Celebrating people who are dedicated to helping others in our community
The Power of One Australian Hero Award rewards and recognises one special person whose commitment to the great er good is an inspirat ion to those around them. A prize of $50,000 will be presented by Bryce Courtenay to the winner of The Power of One Australian Hero Award to assist that person to continue their work in the community. This annual award is a joint initiat ive between Bryce Courtenay and Penguin Books Australia.
'The power of one is the decision to make a difference without expecting recognition.' Bryce Courtenay
Nominations open - 21 December 2011
Nominations close - 5pm Friday 2 March 2012
Shortlist notified - Friday 30 March 2012
Winner announced - Friday 27 April 2012