GPS eReader ReWrites the Story Wherever the Reader Is Located

eBook readers like the Kindle let you take thousands of stories with you anywhere you go, and now one will make up a new story as you travel.

A Brazilian ad agency has created a limited production ereader which uses GPS to track its current location and automatically change the location and landmarks in a story to wherever the reader is located.

According to the video, it really does exist (and isn't just a marketing gimmick):

The Trip Book was developed by FCB Brazil for a Brazilian loyalty program called Smiles. It features a story by Brazilian author Marcelo Rubens Paiva which was written in a sufficiently generic style that key locations and landmarks can be replaced with whatever locations are near the reader.

On a technical level, this is a nifty idea, but on an artistic level it strikes me as unappealing.

The most interesting stories can transport you to their location simply through description and are affected by the setting. This story, on the other hand, is little more than a MadLib.

But you don't have to take my word for it; in addition to developing the TimeBook, FCB Brazil also released the story as a free interactive ebook app for Android and iPad/iPhone. That app uses your mobile device's location tracking ability to work its magic and change the story.

I'm having trouble with iTunes at the moment (and I don't have a compatible Android device) so I haven't had a chance to try the app, but I can see from the Google Play listing that the story is written in Portuguese. I think there's an option to change your location manually, although I'm not sure.

I hope there is an option to change your location in the menu; that would be an improvement on The Silent History, an ebook app which tied certain parts of the story to specific locations around the world.

Design Taxi via Gizmodo

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. 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.

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