Saturday, October 26, 2013
Booktrack and New Zealand author give Kiwi kids a treat this Hallowe’en
Award-winning children’s author Sue Copsey has joined forces with innovative New Zealand-US technology company Booktrack, to create a ghost story that will send shivers down children’s spines this Hallowe’en.
The Booktrack Studio, based in Takapuna, Auckland, enables publishers to create soundtracks for ebooks. Booktrack’s CEO, Paul Cameron, said:
“Sue’s Booktrack edition of her ghost story is a great example of what adding a Booktrack can achieve. She has used a combination of sound effects, ambience sound, and music to build suspense and make the reader jump. This will be the perfect way for children to round off their evening’s trick or treating.”
Sue said: “As soon as I heard about this new technology, I knew a Booktrack would be perfect for The Ghosts of Young Nick’s Head. The opportunity to add creaking doors, things going bump in the night and claps of thunder was too good to miss. I hope children – and adults – have as much fun reading and listening as I had making the soundtrack.”
Booktrack has created a trailer for The Ghosts of Young Nick’s Head, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7xmdMitPlg. The full version is available free for a limited time on the Booktrack Studio website at: http://bit.ly/17VleTs, and can be accessed via Google Chrome on laptops and PCs. A Booktrack Studio app for mobile devices will be launched soon.
About the author
Sue Copsey is a British-born writer who has lived in New Zealand since 1996. Her book Our Children Aotearoa was a Storylines Notable Book in 2012, and she has written and edited many New Zealand schoolbooks. The Ghosts of Young Nick’s Head was published in 2012. It is available in bookstores nationwide, and as an ebook on Amazon. Sue lives in Ponsonby, with her husband and two children.
The Booktrack technology was developed in Booktrack’s Takapuna studios, and launched in 2011. The company now has offices in Auckland and San Francisco. Investors in this innovative company include Peter Thiel, founder and former CEO of PayPal, and Facebook’s Director of Global Creative Solutions, Mark D’Arcy.