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Penguin Books Experiments With Interactive Google+ Storytelling

Penguin books is trying something to bring storytime into the 21st century: Its new app uses video trickery, social media, to make kids part of the story itself.

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Penguin is famous for taking an innovative path to book publishing, and that’s definitely true for its latest experiment: The Storytime Hangout app. This app makes the most of Google+ and clever image processing techniques to take kids and their parents actually into the story they’re reading.

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The app superimposes masks corresponding to the characters over the faces of those taking part in the hangout, which adds to the fun of reading a story aloud with silly voices.

Penguin has previously experimented with other app-based experiments including iPad app versions of books and quiz-like discovery apps for classic books, and has even been fleet-footed enough in its e-book endeavors that it’s got into a tussle with Amazon over pricing.

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