Faber teams up with Touch Press for galaxy iPad guide

Faber is publishing an e-book app on the solar system in its first collaboration with digital publishers Touch Press.

The new venture was unveiled today at The Bookseller’s FutureBook Conference in London where Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital and Max Whitby, co-founder of Touch Press showcased their launch title, Solar System for iPad.

The interactive book, priced £7.99 and available from the App store next month, is written by New Scientist cosmology consultant Marcus Chown. He previously wrote popular science book Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You (Faber). The new book, a complete guide to our solar system, uses interactive software to include ‘multi-touch’ 3D planets and custom-made animations and videos.

A second collaboration, based on what the publishers call ‘a defining Faber poem’, will be released in January. Both projects are being jointly funded by Faber and Touch Press.

Touch Press is a new digital publishing firm founded by Max Whitby and partner Theodore Gray. Solar System for iPad is the second title that the company has developed for the Apple platform. In April, it published The Elements for the iPad and iPhone, which went on to sell 150,000 units.

“We are delighted to be working with Faber on multiple projects that build on the potential of “The Elements” and raise the bar in new areas. We look forward to the fruits of combining Faber’s unique skills and history with our understanding of the potential of electronic devices to contribute to the literary enterprise,” said Gray.