Man Booker Prize launches first-time app

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The Man Booker Prize, one of the world's most prestigious prizes for a work of fiction, has created an application in anticipation of its September 7 shortlist announcement. Launched on August 26, the app includes prize archives, audio and video content, and a GPS service, and will update users on the status of the 2010 award.

The Booker Prize app, which seems to be the first of its kind for a literary award, is free of charge and offers access to a full chronological history of the prize, including information about judges, longlists, shortlists, and winning authors and books. Also included are exclusive author interviews, video content, and audio and text extracts from selected titles.

A GPS service allows users to search for a local bookshop or to buy titles directly from online retailers' websites, while updates will keep users informed of the current year's shortlist and winner announcements.

The Man Booker Prize also works with digital book retailer GoSpoken to provide audio and text extracts of the longlisted books direct to T-Mobile phones via internet connection.

One of the English-speaking world's most important literary prizes, the Booker Prize selects the best novel of the year written by a citizen of the British Commonwealth, Ireland, or Zimbabwe. The 2010 longlist, or "Booker Dozen," was revealed in July; a shortlist of six titles will be announced on September 7, followed by the winner announcement on October 12.

Download the Man Booker Prize application for iPhone, iPod Touch , or iPad: