My first augmented reality book: The Search for Wondla (video)

search for wondlaOne of the authors of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Tony Diterlizzi, has just released his latest book, The Search for WondLa. He’s done something rather interesting with the paper edition of this book. If you have the book and a computer with a webcam, you can use the book to access a map of the world that the book is set in.

While the demo video looks cool, I want to see how well this works with a smartphone.

Watch the video, and you’ll see it doesn’t work quite so well with a webcam. A smartphone would put the camera and screen in between the user and book, and I think that would work better.

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Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. […] in all, I like the idea, just not this particular book. But I recall seeing something similar back in 2010. That book was called The Search for Wondla. It seemed to work better, so I’m going to go get […]

  2. […] We also need a live internet connection. If you’d like to see a demo, you can check out this old post on The Search for WondLa, a children’s book that was published in 2010. Or you can watch the […]

  3. […] first saw this tech in 2010 when S&S released bonus content for The Search for Wondla, a kid's book. At that time a major […]


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