LARKSPUR, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Guinness World Records, the global authority on record-breaking achievements, and Metrodigi®, a leading eBook software company, today unveiled the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ 2014 eBooks. Featuring a variety of interactive enhancements, this series of eBooks brings world records to life through animation, video, expandable curiosities, personalization and sharing.
Metrodigi developed custom widgets with their groundbreaking Chaucer® eBook creation software, offering readers the opportunity to drill down into areas of interest. In addition to exploring records such as the world’s Longest Tongue, readers can interact with the content and discover detailed information on a wide range of subjects from the top ten most venomous snakes to the world’s Largest Collection of Star Wars Memorabilia.
A new feature, Star Cards—similar to collectible baseball cards—includes records, statistics and a photo, that can be collected and shared with friends via email, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest—adding a whole new social dimension to reading the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 eBooks.
“On the heels of the highly successful 2013 edition, thanks in part to Metrodigi, we decided to take it up another notch this year by joining forces again and creating a series of collectible eBooks,” said Frank Chambers, VP Publishing at Guinness World Records. “Metrodigi’s ground-breaking software enables us to give readers a fuller and richer experience by providing new ways to enjoy our unique content and share it through social media.”
Built with Chaucer, Metrodigi’s cloud-based eBook creation software empowers publishers to create, manage and publish highly interactive digital content quickly and cost effectively. Chaucer’s state-of-the-art technology enables publishers to add a wide range of enhancements including audio, video, information pop-ups and quizzes with a simple drag-and-drop interface. Chaucer’s powerful Book Element Ranking algorithm (BER™) intelligently analyzes and semantically structures book elements to create consistent styling, cleaner code behind the scenes and reusable components.
“We are thrilled to once again work with Guinness World Records,” said Steven McKinney, CEO of Metrodigi. “The compelling nature of their record-breaking content lends itself well to the digital enhancements Chaucer provides. Our platform gives publishers new and exciting ways to disseminate information that engages the reader like never before.”
The first GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS 2014 eBook Awesome Animals, is available for free on the iBookstore alongside two additional paid titles, Colossal Constructions and Incredible People. For more information on this year’s edition, please visit: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/2014/index.html.
About Guinness World Records
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the universally recognised global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the annual GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS book has gone on to become one of the biggest-selling copyright titles of all time, selling over 2.7 million copies a year. Since its launch nearly 60 years ago over 130 million copies — including 400,000 eBooks — have been sold in 20 languages, in more than 100 countries. The internationally renowned brand is also available across a number of platforms; GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS global television shows are watched by 750 million viewers annually, over 390,000 users subscribe to GWR’s two YouTube channels, the global website receives 12 million viewers annually and the brand has 1.25 million fans on Facebook. In 2013, OFFICIALLY AMAZING became the registered trademark of Guinness World Records Limited.
METRODIGI is an industry leading eBook development and software company based in Larkspur, CA. Metrodigi’s cloud-based eBook development platform, Chaucer, is the most powerful and versatile eBook creation, conversion and workflow management tool in the industry. Metrodigi specializes in highly designed, interactive eBook creation for many of the largest publishers, media organizations and technology companies in the world. Metrodigi’s software provides intelligent conversion to the industry standard EPUB, rapid interactivity deployment within a full-fledged authoring and content management application in the cloud.
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