Start-up to Crowdfund a 360° eBook Revolution
London, UK: TurlBook® is a brand new eBook format. It is reinventing storytelling with moving interactive illustrations in 360°. You step in, and then you can look around in the story – making the idea of a magic book a reality. You can move as you wish, and expand your imagination as you go. Adults will discover new worlds. Children will fall in love with reading. You can already preview magical working demonstrations and add your pre-campaign support at www.turlbook.com/360steampunk . With hundreds of early fans, the crowdfunding (Kickstarter/Indiegogo) starts when it has a little more early support (expected early 2017).
Imagine your favorite book coming to life: a 360° fantasy world of dragons; or shadows in your favorite thriller. Travel back to ancient Egypt, or visit Juliet at the balcony whilst standing at Romeo’s side. As pictures start moving you can step in to a magic book. Three spins on adult classics will come first, and sights are on expansion into children’s entertainment and all-age education.
“It’s a new technology concept, sure. But the idea probably goes back to the early days of printing. There’s something ancient in it. Humanity has a dream of stepping into the world of a book. But it’s not just kids who have this dream. It’s what we do when we read. Detective stories, thrillers – they could all have this exciting treatment. A Texas-based reading campaign for kids wants to work with us already. But a new way of telling stories is bigger than one age group. To prove the point we’ve chosen a grown up classic as our first book. ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ was begging for 360°. Steampunk-style treatment should be on-topic too. With enough support we’ll follow this with a new story for Alice in Wonderland, and an adventure set in India.” (Istvan Prem, Founder.)
Turl Book is the brainchild of Ishti (Istvan Prem) – an award-winning Hungarian artist living in the UK. For his art degree he experimented with interactive 360° film installations. 360° panoramic video gained in support from major device brands 2016, making his interactive eBooks possible. To ride that wave, the 360° animated concept was prepared more than a year ago – without device support. Ishti has been at the forefront of format development. He now has a small group of artists to help.
Founded 2016, Turl Book Limited is a technology and publishing start-up. TurlBook®, their singular eBook format, has illustrations you click or tap to transform into rich embedded interactive 360° animated scenes.