|[November 09, 2012]
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Brings The Hobbit to Life Using Apple's Cutting-Edge eBook Technology
BOSTON --(Business Wire)--
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today announced the release of a range
of cutting-edge interactive ebooks to tie in with the forthcoming
release of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,
using the unique iBooks® Author tool from Apple (News - Alert)®.
Readers can find out all they need to know about The Hobbit: An
Unexpected Journey with the official film tie-in books: The World
of Hobbits; The Movie Storybook; The Activity Book; The Official Movie
Guide and the Visual Companion. These multi-touch editions
are among the first iBooks® Author ebooks to include embedded custom
fonts, scrolling sidebars, pop-over widgets and retina-display
enhancements, creating a unique and truly immersive ebook experience.
Interactive maps allowing users to explore Hobbiton, Rivendell and
Touch-responsive puzzles and activities
High resolution pinch-to-zoom images and scrollable galleries
A height chart feature, showing how Bilbo matches up to the goblins
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Vice President Ken Carpentr said: "We are
excited to share the amazing photos and text from these books in a new
format that allows readers to interact with the content and further
explore the world of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey."
Cheryl Toto, HMH's Senior Vice President of Strategy & Planning, added,
"These titles highlight the best of what we as publishers are able to do
today, given the new platforms we have to work with. We constantly
strive to bring our authors' works to life digitally in the best
possible way, adding new features as a means to enhance the experience
in a thoughtful, fun and meaningful way that will engage a whole new
generation of readers."
The ebooks are available now. Alongside the Apple® editions, parallel
products will also be available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Google (News - Alert)
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Trade & Reference Division
With nearly two-centuries of award-winning history, Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt's Trade and Reference Division continues to publish some of the
most renowned novels, non-fiction, children's books and reference works
in hardcover, Mariner Books trade paperbacks and ebooks. Its
distinguished author list includes eight Nobel (News - Alert) Prize winners, 47
Pulitzer Prize winners, 13 National Book Award winners, and more than
100 Caldecott, Newbery, Printz, and Silbert Medal and Honor recipients.
HMH publishes such distinguished authors as Philip Roth, Temple Grandin,
Tim O'Brien, and Umberto Eco, as well as The Best American series®, The
American Heritage® family of dictionaries, The Gourmet Cookbook and
other culinary classics, the Peterson Field Guides and books by J.R.R.
Tolkien. Along with a celebrated lineup of children's authors, Houghton
Mifflin Harcourt Children's Book Group is the publisher of some of the
best-loved children's books and book characters including Curious
George, The Little Prince and The Polar Express.
For more information, visit www.hmhbooks.com.
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