Crowded Fiction: Can a dyslexic video game makers app get kids reading?

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Crowded Fiction
Developer: Vidya Gamer, LLC
Price: free Download on the App Store
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Indie app developer, Vidya Gamer LLC today is proud to announce the launch of Crowded Fiction for iPad. Created by dyslexic video game maker, Joe Booth (FIFA, NEED FOR SPEED, Ghost Recon), Crowded Fiction is an innovative new eBook app that aims to get kids (aged 9+) passionate about reading. It uses multiple video game inspired strategies to make fiction interactive, tactile, social and competitive.

The app was developed by Joe Booth who has struggled with reading and writing since childhood. Watching his son also struggle with reading, Booth thought, What if eBooks and fiction were more like video games? "Our vision is that the next generation of kids will be just as passionate about reading as this generation is about gaming," says Booth. Last week, Neilson Book reported that 8% fewer kids are reading compared to just one year ago. "We want to reverse that trend," Booth adds.

JACKSON'S CHOICE is the debut interactive eBook on Crowded Fiction. As Jackson, the reader will throw punches in fight scenes by swiping the screen, literally steer their way through an explosive car chase, control the pace as they explore exotic locations, read body language to master conversation scenes.

"We are unique in that we focus all our innovation on text and reading. Being a native app allowed us to create something that is tactile and interactive," says Booth. "But we didn't stop there: gaming today is social and competitive - we think fiction can be too."

Each chapter of Jackson's Choice has a dilemma that is determined by the combined choice of the crowd. For example, in Chapter One, the reader finds a hundred dollars on a dead body. They choose whether to keep it or put it back. The aggregated choice of all readers will impact Jackson's personality in the next book. Readers also earn XBOX LIVE style achievements and compete with friends to top the leaderboard.

Booth collaborated with Queenie Moffat, the pseudonym for a multi-published author, to write Jackson's Choice. "Crowded Fiction is an amazing platform for a writer. It enables us to engage the reader by turning the iPad into a steering wheel in car chases or using swipe gestures to direct the punch in a fight scene," says Moffat.

Crowded Fiction 1.0.2 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. The Free download includes a sample of Jackson's Choice with the full book available as an In-App Purchase.

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