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07 November 2010

We Tell Stories

More for our Storytellers:

"Penguin UK digital publisher Jeremy Ettinghausen discusses the "We Tell Stories" project, which aimed to tell stories using innovative online formats. The project broadcast stories live online as authors wrote them and utilized tools like Twitter and Google Maps."

Visit the "We Tell Stories" web site and explore the stories. These are not specifically "children's Stories". I couldn't find any "adult content", but the stories are for the general reading public. Authors are Charles Cumming, Toby Litt, Kevin Brooks, Nicci French, Matt Mason, Mohsin Hamid, and Naomi Alderman.

The story referred to in the video that uses Google Maps is The 21 Steps, by Charles Cumming, and  Slice, by Toby Litt, is written as 2 blogs.

Perhaps you will start with the 6 Classics. On the Fairy Tales page, for example, click on the link to the right of the page, "Read the story" and begin to enter information. In the screen shot below, you see that I've named the King "Olaf", and the peasant's daughter "Yolanda".
Partial screen shot from the Fairy Tale

Now I have to choose "What animal will be most helpful to you against the King?" and what they will be like.

Partial screen shot from the Fairy Tale

Penguin has some other interesting ideas for digital books.  If you have an iPad, you'll be interested in this demonstration of iPad "books":

Further reading: First Look: How Penguin Will Reinvent Books With iPad