Faber teams up with Touch Press for galaxy iPad guide

<p>Faber is publishing an e-book app on the solar system in its first collaboration with digital publishers Touch Press. </p><p>The new venture was unveiled today at <em>The Bookseller</em>&rsquo;s FutureBook Conference in London where Henry Volans, head of Faber Digital and Max Whitby, co-founder of Touch Press showcased their launch title, <em>Solar System for iPad</em>. </p><p>The interactive book, priced &pound;7.99 and available from the App store next month, is written by <em>New Scientist</em> cosmology consultant Marcus Chown. He previously wrote popular science book <em>Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You</em> (Faber). The new book, a complete guide to our solar system, uses interactive software to include &lsquo;multi-touch&rsquo; 3D planets and custom-made animations and videos.</p><p>A second collaboration, based on what the publishers call &lsquo;a defining Faber poem&rsquo;, will be released in January. Both projects are being jointly funded by Faber and Touch Press.</p><p>Touch Press is a new digital publishing firm founded by Max Whitby and partner Theodore Gray. <em>Solar System for iPad</em> is the second title that the company has developed for the Apple platform. In April, it published <em>The Elements</em> for the iPad and iPhone, which went on to sell 150,000 units. </p><p>&ldquo;We are delighted to be working with Faber on multiple projects that build on the potential of &ldquo;The Elements&rdquo; and raise the bar in new areas. We look forward to the fruits of combining Faber&rsquo;s unique skills and history with our understanding of the potential of electronic devices to contribute to the literary enterprise,&rdquo; said Gray.</p>