UpWord Studios Launches The Rosary Multi-Touch eBook on iTunes, Bringing Together Catholic Teachings and New Media Functionality

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One of the first multi-touch ebooks available on iTunes, the inaugural project of non-profit UpWord Studios offers a fresh example of how digital technology is being applied to serve the Catholic community

Today’s technologies like digital books for theiPad enable people to learn about, participate in, and share Catholic teachings with greater involvement and effectiveness.

UpWord Studios (http://www.upwordstudios.org), a non-profit organization that supports and funds the creation of Catholic new media, today launched The Rosary multi-touch ebook on iTunes. As one of the first interactive digital books available on iTunes, this inaugural project by UpWord Studios demonstrates how digital technology can enhance religious teachings and practice in the Catholic Church and other religious denominations.

Working with content licensed from ACTA Publications, Loyola Press, and Carrick Ministries, The Rosary was designed to serve as a participative praying and teaching aid for the iPad. It can be utilized by everyone from ministers and educators to laypeople and non-Catholic seekers to learn how to fully experience praying the rosary, which is one of the most popular of all Catholic devotions.

The Rosary multi-touch ebook features:

  •     Interactive content, including embedded graphics, video, and audio
  •     Animations and dynamic diagrams that change with touch gestures
  •     Flash cards and glossary
  •     Interactive quizzes

This Multi-Touch ebook also leverages the iPad feature set, including landscape and portrait modes, pinch-to-zoom, color highlight and annotation, and digital notes.

“Today’s technologies like the iPad’s digital books enable people to learn about, participate in, and share Catholic teachings with greater involvement and effectiveness,” said Fred Fosnacht, founder of UpWord Studios. “We’re pleased to work with ACTA, Loyola Press and Carrick Ministries to deliver The Rosary as our first Catholic new media project, and to bring an innovative and important new tool to the experience of learning about and praying the rosary.”

UpWord Studios’ project pipeline includes work with a variety of collaborators on Catholic new media initiatives, including:

  •     iPhone and iPad apps
  •     Interactive games
  •     Webcasts and live video streaming
  •     Podcasts and videocasts
  •     Virtual event experiences
  •     Online communities

Pricing and Availability
The Rosary multi-touch ebook is now available for download on the iTunes store for US$14.99.

About UpWord Studios
UpWord Studios (http://www.upwordstudios.org), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is a new media development house that supports and funds the creation of Catholic new media, bringing new features to existing materials and enabling new digital content. The organization provides new media services and funding to promote effective, innovative communication vehicles for the Gospel message. As a non-profit organization, UpWord Studios supports Catholic ministries, including youth, young adult, RCIA, RCIC, marriage and family, and many more. More information at http://www.upwordstudios.org.

About Loyola Press
Loyola Press (http://www.loyolapress.com) is a Catholic publisher offering the 3-Minute Retreat, books, ministry resources, articles, and educational program support, including the video How to Pray, which is featured on this new Multi-Touch ebook. As a Jesuit Ministry, Loyola Press strives to help people develop a deep, personal relationship with Christ. As an apostolate of the Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus (commonly known as the Jesuits), Loyola Press embraces the Jesuit passion for helping people find God in all things. Visit Jesuit Ministry pages to learn more about the Ignatian Inspirations that are at the heart of the Loyola Press mission.

About ACTA Publications
ACTA Publications (http://www.actapublications.com) began in 1957 as a publisher of books and audio/video resources for Catholic religious education and marriage preparation. It has since broadened its editorial scope to include a wide variety of materials for those attempting to live out the Christian faith in their daily lives on their jobs, with their families, and in their communities. ACTA has a strong presence in the fields of marriage preparation, grief/bereavement, family life, spirituality & work, and Marian resources, including the books The Rosary by Alice Camille and Prayer: A Practical Guide by Martin Pable, OFM Cap, both featured on this new Multi-Touch ebook.

About Carrick Ministries
Carrick Ministries (http://www.juliecarrick.com) performs Catholic music events for parish concerts, missions, and evangelization. Its ministries include concert and speaking engagements, as well as recordings such as the CD album, The Couples Rosary, featured on The Rosary multi-touch ebook.

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