Friday, January 28, 2011

Mr Toad and the Stone of Destiny Releases, a Scottish Fantasy Adventure

Lochshore eBooks announces the publication of Mr Toad and the Stone of Destiny, an e-book fantasy adventure for young readers ages 8-15 based on real events in 16th century Scotland

It's the first book in a series introducing the character Mr. Toad on a special boat in a gateway between worlds. Four young friends are on holiday in Scotland's West Highlands and Hebrides and find themselves on a mission to prevent bloodshed between clans Maclean and Campbell. They return to the present but their quest is not over... 




The e-book has Google Earth 3D maps allowing readers to follow the geography of action. An integral website at www.mr-toad.co.uk carries links to sites on Scottish legends, history, and the natural world. There’s an online Gallery of 30 illustrations from the book and readers can add their own drawings.

In a press release, Author Patrick Baird says that from the moment he first saw an iPad, he realized his book should be published on advanced e-reading devices. 
"You can’t click a link in a printed book and find yourself flying over a 3D moving map of the scene of the action. Or zoom in on a picture of how a castle really looked 500 years ago."

Sales of e-book readers and e-books are rising dramatically. According to an article in USA Today on Christmas Day leading bookseller Barnes & Noble sold 1 million e-books. E-books accounted for about 9% of total book sales in the USA during 2010.
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