Stephen Fry launches App memoirs / The Fry Chronicles

From Sky News:

Stephen Fry has insisted the ‘paper book is not dead’ despite releasing enhanced versions of his latest memoirs electronically. The Fry Chronicles will be available as a book, an e-book and an app.

The unveiling at London’s Royal Festival Hall is even being streamed live for fans in more than 55 cinemas across the country.

The comic actor, famed for his embrace of modern technology, told Sky News: ‘The point is that new elements do not replace old ones.

‘Twitter hasn’t got rid of the newspaper interview or television. It is just an enhancement.’ Instead, Fry said publishing’s ‘landscape is changing’.

‘But as with the horse and the car, one does not replace the other,” he told Jeremy Thompson. “There was not a genocide, destroying every horse the moment that the car was invented.’

The presentation of the Chronicles, which charts his life from university to his first steps into the world of stage and screen, varies depending on the format.

The app, dubbed myFry, comes with colour-coded categories which allow readers to skip to different people and subjects. The eBook includes eight videos featuring Fry discussing events in the book and photographs. For traditionalists, the memoirs will also be available in hardback form.

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