Call me old fashioned, but I typically like to read my books on paper. Maybe it's my pride in ownership, or maybe it's just me thinking like an antique, but if I'm going to buy a book, it's going to be a real one. Unless it has more to offer.
PadWorx Digital Media is releasing an interactive version of Bram Stoker's Dracula to the iPad just in time for people to read for Halloween. The interactive eBook will feature, according to the developer, "300 pages of text, animation, gameplay, and touch screen technology that creates the definitive interactive, user-driven experience". The pages will have all sorts of interactive elements, from leaves that need to be swept off pages to lanterns that need to be used to uncover words.
“Our new interactive version of Dracula is unlike anything I’ve ever seen on the iPad,” said Jeffery Alan Schechter, director and producer at PadWorx Digital Media, Inc. “From fans of the original classic tale, to the blood and romance fans of the Twilight books and movies, to tech savvy enthusiasts, there are plenty of elements to keep everyone reading for hours. We’ve created original illustrations, animation, sounds and touch screen elements that work together with the text on each page, drawing readers in and allowing them to uncover a new tale worth telling.”
I'll have to spend some time with the book/app to see if I really like it, but I do like that it offers more than the simple book experience. If I'm going to buy a book on an iPad, I think that it should do something more than my paperback copy. This one looks like it does a lot more.