Developer Atomic Antelope has released a unique telling of Alice in Wonderland for the iPad. Rather than release the classic story as a simple e-book, Atomic Antelope embellished the pages with interactive, Monty Pythonesque animations that move when you touch or tilt the iPad. The rich graphics and animation add a new level of immersion for the young reader—a sort of pop-up book for the 21st century.
Available now for $9 (a free "lite" version is also available), Alice for the iPad is a shining example of the iPad’s creative potential as an enhanced e-book reader, and serves as another kick in the face for the comparatively homely Kindle. While the animations in this particular e-book are less than subtle and aimed squarely toward a young audience, it will be interesting to see publishers and developers come up with ways to liven up the e-book experience for adults. Until then, we can likely look forward to a slew of quirky, interactive children's books—Dr. Seuss, anyone?
The YouTube clip below gives a pretty good demonstration of Alice for the iPad in action.