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iBook Review: Story of the Titanic

I have written before that I am slowly in the process of moving everything from the SuperMom, another website of mine, over to here on The Kitchen Magpie. I can’t keep up with 3 blogs (now that I have the Culinary Cook Off one to do as well) and all the content I write on the interwebs has to be streamlined somehow. I have kept all my family related reviews on that site more than here, but that’s going to change with the move.

If there is one subject that my children are obsessed with lately, it’s the Titanic. It has always been a topic of fascination in our household, one that we all like to discuss. We’ve visited the exhibit that was at the Science Centers here in Alberta and even my daughter enjoyed every moment of it. It was amazing to see actual artifacts that were salvaged from the Titanic itself.

When I was asked if I’d like to try out the new EBook by DK Books, called the Story of the Titanic, I quickly said sign me up.  Not only does it pair my children’s love of everything Titanic but also their love of everything IPad related as well.

The description of the EBook :

This is the tragic story of the Titanic, the biggest and most luxurious ocean liner the world has ever seen, which sank on her maiden voyage in April 1912. Follow the fateful voyage of this world-famous liner through vivid original artwork, discovering how she was built and equipped, and what kind of passengers and crew she carried. This new eBook contains interactive zooming features to illustrate where the Titanic is on her voyage and a gallery widget showcasing incredible photographic imagery of the ship, its construction, its lavish interior, a taste of life onboard, and the aftermath of the disaster. Experience the history of the Titanic like never before, watching the sinking ship in its 4-step sequence and listening to the distress calls made from on board. Explore it all, with a 3-D model of theTitanic at your fingertips. Watch newsreel footage documenting the Titanic being built, the ship’s launch, and relatives waiting for news of the survivors. Story of the Titanic takes a closer look at the passengers and crew of the Titanic, following their different fates from the exciting start of the voyage to its tragic end.



As you can see in the very top photo of this post, my son was more than happy to delve into this book. He and his sister read it together and the he proceeded to read it again by himself. The interactive parts are extremely cool, how amazing is technology that we can have a video of actual Titanic events embedded right into what we are reading?

The page below has footage of the actual Captain of the Titanic himself that you can touch to play. Other pages such as the one above have a little “who’s on board” symbol, which is a hide and seek type of activity that the kids can enjoy. My son commented that this was one of his favorite parts.



The cost of this app is $4.99 and I think if you have a Titanic obsessed chlid – or adult- in your family, it’s a must-have for an EBook. I know my son is going to enjoy this for a while and I like having it tucked away on my IPad to pull out for entertainment purposes when needed!



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    May 1, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Karlynn

    You most likely know about this since you’re into books so much, but if you don’t, you & your children might find interest in an old 1898 novel titled, Futility, the Wreck of the Titan, by Morgan Robertson.

    I had no idea the book/story existed until a librarian friend sent an email telling me to check the similarities between the fictional ocean liner Titan, & the real ocean liner, Titanic.

    I was amazed at how the two stories, one being fiction the other being true, were so eerily close.

    Here’s a few comparisons.

    Name of ocean liners . The Titan. The Titanic.

    Disaster of the Titan: North Atlantic. Disaster of the Titanic: North Atlantic.

    Route of the Titan: New York to Liverpool. Route of the Titanic: Southampton to New York.

    Voyage of the Titan: Third Voyage of the Titanic: First.

    Causes of disaster – Titan: Excessive speed, Iceberg collision, too few life boats. (24) less than half of what was needed for her 3000 capacity.

    Causes of disaster – Titanic: Excessive speed, Iceberg collision, too few lifeboats. (16) less than half of what was needed for her 3000 capacity.

    Time of disaster of the Titan: April, at night. Time of disaster of the Titanic: April 14, 11:40 PM.

    Lenth of the Titan: 800. Lenth of the Titanic: approx. 800.

    Weight of the Titan: 45,000. Weight of the Titanic: 46,328.

    Horsepower of Titan: 40,000. Horsepower of the Titanic: 45,000.

    Propellers – Titan – 3. Propellers – Titanic – 3.

    The fictional Titan was considered, indestructible.

    The Titanic was considered, unsinkable.

    Both the fictional Titan & the real Titanic, hit or struck an iceberg on the starboard side.

    Both the fictional Titan & the real Titanic, were 400 miles away from Newfoundland.

    I’ve read that many believe Robertson’s book was a prophecy, or premonition of what was to become of the Titanic. After reading the comparisons of the Titan & Titanic, it’s hard not to wonder if that may well be true. Either way, I find the the two stories being so alike, facinating!

    If you’re interested, you can read Robertson’s book online, or download the ebook. You can also buy if from Amazon, but that would be my second choice. Unless of course, it was the original first printing!

    Online reading or ebook download.


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