Guinness Goes Digital on the iPad
One of the world’s best-selling copyrighted books, which has bucked the downward trend in the publishing industry in recent years, has gone digital on the iPad after avoiding other e-readers.
Guinness World Records, formerly known as the Guinness Book of World Records, was showcased as an iPad app this week at Book Expo America and is currently available for download, with an iPhone app expected to be approved shortly.
The free app features a full array of color photos and literally eye-popping videos of the world’s record holders – including the world’s longest dog tongue, the world’s hairiest family, and the woman with the most popped-out eye.
The lack of color ink on e-readers is one of key reasons that Guinness World Records held off on publishing a digital edition previously, according to Sam Fay, the company’s senior vice president of sales and marketing.
“We met with Amazon (AMZN) two years ago,” says Ms. Fay, “but the black and white format just wouldn’t work for us. So we thought we’d wait until a device with color capabilities came out.”