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ustwo™ launches PAPERCUT!

Sophie Rochester

Editor, The Literary Platform

ustwo™ announces today (15 September 2011) the launch of their long-awaited PAPERCUT app – an interactive reading app for iPad which aims to immerse readers in a world of sound and narrative. We were lucky enough to see this project develop from early prototype stage through to a half-way point (presented at the FutureBook Innovation Workshop in association with The Literary Platform in June 2011), right through to the beautiful project which ustwo™ has been able to execute.

ustwo™ developed the project in collaboration with Shortfire Press, and is now making available works from three leading British authors to showcase – novelist and non-fiction writer Richard Beard, award winning Nadifa Mohamed and poet and illustrator Laura Dockrill.

What is particularly interesting about this project is how each story has a very different feel, demonstrating how an author might get excited about visualising the way they ‘see’ they’re own story.

The app went straight to No.1 in the Book App Charts and then App of the Week. Well done to those ustwo™ grafters in strange costumes for what Stuart Dredge rightly calls their labour of love.
You can download Papercut here.

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4 Responses to “ustwo™ launches PAPERCUT!”

  1. Iain Broome Says:

    September 15th, 2011 at 9:12 am

    This looks like something that would be smashing once you’ve already read the story. I read Laura’s story just this week, so to see it in this form would be really interesting.

    I do think that all the jazz and jingles might be a bit distracting on first read though.

    Finally: those glasses. That necklace.

  2. Chris Meade Says:

    September 18th, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Chief Wonka? Is he for real?? Papercut looks good tho.

  3. Laura Hulscher Says:

    September 23rd, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Distraction does seem like a potential issue, especially with dense texts. But once the novelty wears off authors of media-based stories will have to learn, through trial and error, how develop around the needs of the text, and also how to accommodate a multiplicity of reading styles.

  4. Laura Hulscher Says:

    September 23rd, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    Distraction does seem like a potential issue, especially with dense texts. But once the novelty wears off, authors of media-based stories will have to learn, through trial and error, how develop around the needs of the text, and also how to accommodate a multiplicity of reading styles.

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