The Diary of Anne Frank goes digital
by: Caroline Westbrook - Last updated: 2012-10-04
The Diary of Anne Frank is one of the most famous books of the 20th Century - and now, over 65 years after it was first published in 1947, the book written by the Jewish teenager is being given the digital treatment, with its own app for smartphone and tablet devices.
The Anne Frank App edition - which has been given the backing of the Anne Frank Foundation founded by Anne's father Otto - will allow students and other users to immerse themselves in Anne's world with a range of interactive features.
These include the chance to explore Anne's world in Amsterdam and get a greater idea of what it felt like to live in hiding, as well as see what was happening in the wider world outside.
Users can also access extracts from the book read by actress Helena Bonham Carter as well as watch video footage of some of the key figures in Anne's life and watch radio broadcasts from the era.
The Diary itself, meanwhile, has been recreated in 3D form, with extracts available to the reader at the touch of a button,
"Seventy years since Anne began her diary, it remains one of the most beloved books of all time," said Venetia Butterfield of Viking Books, who publish The Diary Of Anne Frank in the UK. "With the support of the Anne Frank Foundation we are privileged to bring her story to readers in such an inspiring and sympathetic way."
"It's an honour for us to have been entrusted with bringing such an important text to life and we hope that readers' experiences of Anne's story are enriched by what they see and hear," added Jen Porter of app producers TradeMobile. "At any time, readers can go beyond the words on the page and truly immerse themselves in Anne's world through audio, video, images and animation that is contextually relevant to where they are in the story
The app will be available from mid-November.