S&S Childrens launches digital interactive book

<p>Simon &amp; Schuster Children&#39;s Publishing has launched a digital version of the Choose Your Own Adventure series.<br /><br />According to the <a href=" http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/choose-your-own-ad... target="_blank"><em>Independent</em></a>, Edward Packard, a creator and principal author of the series, has collaborated on a set of applications. The first in the &quot;U-Ventures&quot; series, <em>Return to the Cave of Time</em>, is now available on iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad priced $3.99. <br /><br />Three titles have so far been planned, with the second story, <em>Through the Black Hole,</em> due out at the end of the summer, and the third, <em>The Forbidden Castle</em>, due in autumn. <br /><br />Packard said: &quot;Readers of the original Choose Your Own Adventure books had to turn to a particular page to make a choice. In U-Ventures apps, they tap the screen. </p><p>&quot;Plot progression is seamless. Our developer, Expanded Apps, added sound, light, and other special effects, even music and alien voices, and I introduced a lot more variations and endings and special situations: for example, where what happens depends on whether the reader remembers a secret word.&quot;<br /><br />The Choose Your Own Adventure children&#39;s books were first published by Bantam Books in 1979. Each story is written from a second-person point of view, with the reader assuming the role of protagonist and making choices that change the book&#39;s outcome.</p>