Orb releases Simon's Cat for Playstation Portable

<p>Orb Entertainment has released an e-book version of Simon&#39;s Cat for the Playstation Portable in partnership with Canongate.</p><p>It comes a week after the company, founded by Walker Books head of digital Paul Rhodes, released a graphic novel of Paul Auster&#39;s City of Glass through Faber. Simon&#39;s Cat, Beyond the Fence, is price &pound;5.59.</p><p>Rhodes said, &ldquo;The e-books phenomenon has so far been utterly focused on Apple vs Amazon - but what about the devices that are already in people&#39;s pockets? The Playstation is already set up as a comic reader. You can download comics from the PSP store and read them on the games console.&rdquo; </p><p>Rhodes is working with a number of adult publishers to make their graphic novels available for this device. He said: &ldquo;It sits between a book and a film as you can direct the reader through the experience of reading a comic. It doesn&rsquo;t display the whole page at once but directs the reader to the most important parts of the page.&rdquo;</p><p>He added: &ldquo;There has been a lot of interest in this because it takes on the established comic market. It makes it possible to publish a literary graphic novel for an audience that publishers have not been able to reach before.&rdquo;</p><p>Orb Entertainment does not plan to make the graphic novels available for the iPad as well as the Playstation. </p><p>Children&rsquo;s publishers including Egmont and Puffin have already made a number of fiction titles available as interactive ebooks for the Nintendo DS device; Egmont said sales of the Nintendo titles have outstripped their ebook sales.</p>