Digital? Print? Book lovers don’t really care; we just want more books. A digital-print combo, however, is certain to capture our attention. Portugal-based engageLab unites the two modes of reading with Bridging Book, and app that allows the reader to turn the pages of a printed book while, through the magic of magnets, the app follows along, extending the book into the iPad’s screen.
When used with Bridging Book, the ipad acts as a book-extender, bringing interactive elements, sound, and animation to the story told on the printed page. File this great idea under “must purchase” and “ridiculously cool.”
Bridging Book is conceptually similar to Moonbot Studios’ IMAG-N-O-TRON (PadGadget 4.5 stars), though the Moonbots approached the integration of print and digital as a three-dimensional pop-out book, while Bridging Book leaps across the gap between book and tablet. Both methods create an entirely new reading space for the user.
There’s no word on how Bridging Book will be marketed or when it will be available, but its concept, bolstered by the crisp, colorful aesthetic of the test book, is enticing. While engageLab shows Bridging Book in its promotional video, it’s easy to imagine the range of enhanced features could be adapted to a larger audience and to a wide range of subjects.
[via Cult of Mac]