Personalised audio for SourceBooks app

Sourcebooks' Put Me in the Story personalised-book series has launched a new 'universal' version that is available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. The new iteration also adds in a personalised read-aloud option, using the child's name.

Sourcebooks founding publisher and c.e.o. Dominique Raccah told The Bookseller: “We've also added the ability to record the child's name. It can be read aloud with the narration throughout the story. So not only does the text change in the book but when the audio reads the story back to you, your recording of the child's name will be embedded in the read-along."

In print editions of Put Me in the Story books, a child's name is inserted for inclusion in the text—and sometimes in the title of the book on the cover, as well—along with a photo of the child. The new app functionality makes the child's name a part of the audio edition, too.

Raccah, winner of The Bookseller's FutureBook Innovation Award as Most Inspiring Digital Publishing Person this year, has pioneered the Put Me in the Story collection as a flagship children's reading project of her independent publishing company based near Chicago.

During a recent #PorterMeets live interview for The Bookseller,
word arrived that the program had been given a Parent's Choice Award.

Put Me in the Story app editions include a “Read to Me” and a “Read by Myself” option for children at different reading levels to use in navigating the text.

For more information on the app and its expanding library of Put Me in the Story titles click here. The app can be downloaded here through iTunes.