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Choose Your Own Adventure Books on Tablets

Twenty classic Choose Your Own Adventure books have arrived in a tablet edition, available to download in the iBookstore and Amazon Kindle. AppNewser reminds us that these books were also adapted for the Atari in the 1980s.

What was your favorite Choose Your Own Adventure? This GalleyCat editor fondly remembers reading a few of these new eBooks as a kid, including Secret of the Ninja, Space and Beyond, and Island of Time. Series founder R. A. Montgomery introduced the new eBooks:

[We tried] to duplicate that sense of moving through a story.  That comes in the paper format by jumping around.  We finally settled on some icons that required swiping and that seemed to help emphasize moving around the story.  We also added a map feature, which I find neat.  You can hop anywhere in the book from the map, or return to the branch you are on … Choose Your Own Adventure is the eternal challenge of making choices.  It is the same whether it’s in a paper book, the iPad, or in a game with lots of text.  Its power remains the same. Don’t forget that books, movies, television and now computers have never destroyed the excitement of ideas.

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Don’t Judge a Library Book by Its Cover

The Webster Branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL) tested the old saying, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

The library wrapped  several books with plain brown paper with a short description pasted on top. If the description intrigued the patron, they were required to check out the book before unwrapping it. The point is to try to withhold judgment until the content is examined.

Here’s more from the NYPL blog post: “One of the first books to go out, and one that sparked a lot of discussion, was labeled ’3,856 stories. One book.’ … The secret book in question is Meanwhile by Jason Shiga. It’s an old school ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ story, in graphic novel format, with about five thousand more twists and turns.”