Digital publishing platform BeyondTheStory has released an immersive digital edition of Kenneth Grahame's classic children's book, The Wind in the Willows.
The app, created for iOS software, features Stephen Fry introducing readers to each chapter, and reading extracts from the book. It uses images, animation and music to supplement the text, originally published in 1908.
Fry said: "How better to enjoy and bring the words and emotions of this fantastical tale of Toad and his friends, than using the latest story-telling techniques . . . I imagine this version could introduce some adults, skeptical of anything but the printed word, to a new acceptance that digital publishing can also respect and embrace an author’s work. This latest version of the loved old favourite, written in 1908, is absolutely faithful to the original unabridged text of author Kenneth Grahame. Such apps can only increase the reading public, and that’s good for us all."
BeyondTheStory c.e.o. Jen Porter said: "The release of Wind in the Willows is a further step in our strategy to take control of publishing ourselves and push the boundaries of creating beautiful digital books."
The company has previously produced a digital version of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl, and worked with the late Iain Banks to produce his official app.
The first two chapters are free to download on Apple's App Store, with the full app priced at £2.49.