Philip Pullman's 'Scoundrel Christ' gets the "enhanced" treatment

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Philip Pullman's book The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ is the latest title to get the "enhanced app" treatment, according to a March 29 announcement by publisher Canongate and developer Enhanced Editions. The application for iPhone includes the full text of the book, an audio version read by the author, and exclusive video interviews.

English writer Philip Pullman is best known for his internationally bestselling trilogy The Dark Materials, which inspired a blockbuster film and has been translated into 39 languages. This newest title, a retelling of the life of Jesus, is out in hardcover on March 29 in the UK and May 20 in North America.

Pullman says of the work: "The story I tell comes out of the tension within the dual nature of Jesus Christ, but what I do with it is my responsibility alone. Parts of it read like a novel, parts like history, and parts like a fairy tale; I wanted it to be like that because it is, among other things, a story about how stories become stories."

The app, priced at 13.99 euros or £9.99, features a synchronized text/audio feature that allows readers to switch between the two versions at any point; the video content includes clips of Pullman discussing the book.

The Good Man Jesus and the Soundrel Christ joins a host of titles recently released in "enhanced app" editions, including David Baldacci's Deliver Us From Evil and Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall.