Posted on July 31, 2013 in Archive

Stephen Fry backs digital publishing


Digital publishing platform BeyondtheStory recently released a digital edition of Kenneth Grahame’s classic children’s book, The Wind in the Willows. So how is Stephen Fry involved? 

What is particularly exciting about the immersive text, from a digital publishing point of view, is that it features the voice of English Renaissance man, Stephen Fry.

It’s a great morale (and publicity) booster for the industry when someone as globally renowned as Stephen Fry gets behind digital books.

The English actor introduces each chapter and reads extracts from the book, and in addition to his narration; the app includes colourful animations and interactive images that immerse the reader into the lives of Mr. Toad, Ratty, Mole, and Badger.

Stephen Fry - Photo of BeyondtheStory app

BeyondtheStory’s digital edition of The Wind in the Willows allows readers to interact with the text

The Wind in the Willows app is definitely a step (or even a frog leap) in the right direction for digital publishing.

It’s promising to see publishers capitalising on the strengths made available to them through digital technologies, such as audio and video.

The format suits a wide range of publication styles, but is especially appropriate for children’s books.

Just ask the little girl in me who is thrilled about taking an interactive walk down memory lane with her friends from the riverbank!

It’s also exciting to see the industry enhancing digital publications by including household names in the production and marketing of their products.

Would there be a faster adoption of digital publishing if every book was narrated by Stephen Fry? I’d say it’s worth a try!