December 02, 2009 08:00 ET

Vook Publishes Sherlock Holmes Classics and Offers Hundreds of Thousands of Copies to Schools and Libraries in the United States and United Kingdom

EMERYVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2009) - Vook, the company that blends text and video into an innovative new experience, today announced the release of "The Sherlock Holmes Experience: A Vook Double Feature." The vook will include two of Conan Doyle's short stories from "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Man with the Twisted Lip" and "The Adventure of the Speckled Band." Vook worked closely with the Sherlock Holmes Society of London to create a historically accurate, scholarly video enhancement of the classic stories to engage, inspire and connect new and old readers with dynamic video to accompany the original text. As part of the international launch, Vook will be offering a free copy of the Sherlock Holmes vook to each and every educator at an accredited public and private school as well as every public library in the United States and United Kingdom.

This title is the first release of ten to come in the Vook Enhanced Classics education series, designed to motivate young readers to engage with the classics that have transformed literature over time. With the vook, students reading the Holmes stories will have a deeper comprehension of the narrative through video and interactivity, and they'll learn more about life in the late 19th century.

The Sherlock Holmes Experience vook is a revolutionary new way to read the exploits of Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary character, Sherlock Holmes. The vook enhances these timeless stories with videos that delve into the history and legend surrounding Holmes. The videos annotate the text, giving readers a better picture of the times and the ability to pick out details and historical facts that help readers further immerse themselves in the mysteries. Additionally, key terms are hyperlinked throughout the vook to let readers explore sites on the Web related to the plot without having to lose their place in the story. The vook will be available as an application on the iPhone and the browser-based Vook Reader.

"I much enjoyed taking part in this really enterprising project by Vook. It's well thought out, cleverly crafted and should be a winner in bringing the world of the extraordinary Mr. Sherlock Holmes to new generations," said Nick Utechin, editor, "The Sherlock Holmes Journal 1976-2006," on behalf of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London.

"This is a fantastic new chapter for Vook. We are thrilled to bring the classic adventures of Sherlock Holmes into the digital age, providing all the benefits of today's rich media tools without losing any of the authenticity from the original version," said Bradley Inman, CEO and founder, Vook. "This stands to be a great tool for educators to engage their students in this story through Web-based mediums that young people are now very familiar with, and I am proud that Vook is able to provide this unique experience for free to all schools and libraries in the UK and U.S."

Educators at accredited UK and U.S. schools and public libraries can sign up for the free Sherlock Holmes vook here:

About Vook

Vook is an entirely new company and integrated media experience that blends text and video to create robust, rewarding new experiences of the books and authors that readers love. For more information about vooks, visit Vooks are streamed to the browser-based Vook Reader and are also available on-the-go as a unique mobile application. Vook is based in Emeryville, CA.

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