Inky Sprat title among iBooks 'best of 2013'

Inky Sprat title among iBooks 'best of 2013'

The Trouble With Dad, written by Babette Cole [pictured] and published by her own digital publishing company Inky Sprat, has been selected as one of iTunes "best made for iBooks" titles in its iBooks Best of 2013 list.

Cole's title sits alongside the likes of The World Atlas of Wine by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson (Mitchell Beazley), England's 100 Best Views by Simon Jenkins (Profile), Guinness World Records: Incredible People (Guinness World Records) and Pizza Pilgrims by Thom Elliot and James Elliot (HarperCollins) on the list. Another children's title, the interactive picture book My Favourite Monsters by Vincent James (Intabactive), is also featured.

Publisher Neil Baber, who set up Inky Sprat with Cole and film-maker Manus Home, said he was “delighted” that The Trouble With Dad made it into the list.

“Our books work well in this format because they make the most of the ability to lay out illustrations across the full screen and also use all the advanced functionality, with embedded videos of the author reading the book,” he told The Bookseller.

Baber did not reveal any sales figures but said he is encouraged by growing sales in a “relatively limited market”.

Cole launched Inky Sprat in early 2013 to release e-books and apps. As well as books by Cole the company has published works from Wayne Anderson, Suzy-Jane Tanner and new author Karine Hagen, which is a series of books about Finse, a Labrador puppy, illustrated by Suzy-Jane Tanner, said Baber.

In early 2014 Inky Sprat will release a digital version of Naughty Bus by Jan and Jerry Oke, some children’s poetry by Chrissie Gittins and more books from Cole.