Carlton is to publish its most expensively originated book on Super Thursday (4th October), an augmented reality (AR) novel for children. The Ghostkeeper’s Journal Field Guide, written and produced by Carlton’s digital director Japhet Asher (pictured), is an immersive adventure for readers aged 10 and up, priced at £14.99.
The book builds on Carlton’s AR range, with the publisher having sold more than four million copies of such titles around the world, including Jurassic World, Bugs and Alien, through retail or coedition partners. It also represents a change for the mainly non-fiction publisher—Asher said the title was the “first ever augmented reality powered novel”.
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At its best, reading is an intimate experience. It creates a direct conduit between the experiences and imaginations of the writer and the reader.
Patrick Hogan of the University of Connecticut and Keith Oatley of the University of Toronto are researchers who have studied the links between emotion and understanding.
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Prominently on show at this year’s D&AD New Blood festival, on one of the many stands, we spotted the work of Sam Hinton, an illustrator and recent graduate of Falmouth University. “Since my time at school I’ve always taken my passion for drawing seriously,” he says. “Spending years filling sketchbooks I continue to explore the weird and surreal nature of my imagination.”
And weird and wonderful it really is. With a lightness and positivity resonant throughout, Sam uses a bright and colourful palette to create illustrations full of happy characters, going about their daily business. Speaking to Sam about the various pieces we’ve shared with you here, it’s clear Sam’s own character is reflected in his work. For example, for one of his illustrations, he said: “I felt inspired to create a piece that captured the rolling countryside and the warm sunset glow I often experienced whilst studying at Falmouth University. The true beauty that’s on our doorstep.”
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Most of the children running around the front lawn of Haynes International on Tuesday were just excited to see Blue, the famed Indianapolis Colts mascot. The gift they were going to receive will last longer than that initial excitement, however.
Sixty-one foster kids and their families from the Kokomo community gathered at the grounds of one of the city’s leading manufacturers for the 7th annual Books for Youth program. The event, presented by Cargo Services Inc., the Indiana Department of Child Services, the Indianapolis Colts and Haynes International, is held every year to equip foster children with a Colts backpack filled with 25 age-appropriate books.
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We ran some data on our 30,000 reviews recently and there were some shocking results.
Actually, I’m kidding; there was absolutely nothing shocking. At least, not for anyone familiar with the industry. 90% of our adult reviewers are female (I love how, when I’m presenting this data to publishers, it’s often to a room where the audience is 100% female). And rather reassuringly, 20% of our readers had chosen to read that book because of its cover. Its cover. Not some fancy gizmo. Not because of the format. The good old fashioned, been around for hundreds of years, cover.
And yet, as an industry, there always seems to be a drive to innovate. That we’re continually waiting for the death of the book as we know it, and some exciting new thing, which is going to blow everything out of the water.
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