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Sunday, December 12, 2010

A Christmas Carol - iPad App Review (Padworx)

A Christmas Carol - iPad App Review (Padworx)Following up on the success of their previous interactive book (“Dracula”, which was released right before Halloween), Padworx have released a stunning interactive version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

This version of “A Christmas Carol” breaks away from the traditional eReader presentation and makes maximum use of the iPad’s sound, graphics and interactivity. The book is abridged (approx. 130 pages) and the text runs large which makes it easy for young readers to both read by themselves and to comprehend the nuances of the story. Optimal use of sound adds an additional element that helps bring color to the story. There are also a number of pages (“screens”) that use steampunk-style animation where the user can directly interact with elements in the story (wiping a frosted glass, opening a bolted door, etc.) which then reveals more of the text on the page.

"This is unlike any version of A Christmas Carol ever seen before," said Jeffery Alan Schechter, CEO and producer at PadWorx Digital Media, Inc. "Charles Dickens' remarkable book reminds all of us not just about the importance of gratitude and charity, but about the power of personal transformation. Running with this idea and borrowing from the 'steampunk' art style more closely associated with Jules Verne, we've designed our A Christmas Carol to feel as if the iPad or iPhone you're reading it on has been itself transformed into a steam-powered machine."

"A Christmas Carol" is $4.99 in the AppStore.