Enhanced Editions: Bunny Munro and eBooks for the iPhone

September 7, 2009

At the weekend, the fruits of several months of work at Apt finally hit the App Store in the form of Enhanced Editions‘ first title: The Death of Bunny Munro, by Nick Cave.

Enhanced Editions ebooks are a different breed to most, as our mission is to work closely with publishers to obtain the best material, and take advantage of every possible benefit of the ereading experience. This means taking every feature you’ve come to expect from good ereaders – including bookmarking, full-text search, adjustable fonts and type sizes, night mode, tilt scrolling (on the iPhone) and so on – and adding exclusive additional content, and the real coup: full text-to-audiobook synchronisation. The latter means you can switch between the text and the audio without losing your place, and we hope it’ll get people excited, and prove that ebooks really can go to new places, over and above the physical book.

For my part, I’ve written a number of posts over at the Enhanced Editions blog explaining some of the thinking behind the design and user experience, such as serif vs sans-serif and audiobook integration. Other members of the team have also written about designing icons for the iPhone and our attitude to DRM.

We’ve been working on Enhanced Editions for just over a year, and it’s been great to have been part of the team, and great to have produced an app we’re proud of. There’s more to come here – and we should really talk about ebook pricing and convergence at some point – but until Obama arrives, go check out Bunny Munro in the App Store now.


P.S. The trailer’s another fine job by our friends at Asylum Films, who made 25th Estate: This Is Where We Live.


  1. Nicely done!
    This is more like what I’d imagined e-books to be. Great job doing the audio and text sync and embedded video.
    Makes me want to write a book :)

    Comment by Rupert — September 7, 2009 @ 10:32 am

  2. Posted your question on TeleRead. Let’s see if any of our readers have an answer.

    Paul Biba
    Co-Editor, Teleread.org

    Comment by Paul Biba — September 17, 2009 @ 3:42 pm

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