The Man Booker Prize for Fiction has teamed up with Apple’s iBookstore to offer samples of each of the prize’s shortlisted titles in both book and audio format.
Three of this year’s shortlisted authors – Carol Birch, Patrick deWitt and A.D. Miller – will also be appearing at the Apple Store, Covent Garden on Thursday 13 October to read and discuss their books.
An updated version of the Man Booker Prize app, available to download from Apple’s App Store, offers a comprehensive guide to the prize with information on judges, longlists, shortlists and winners since the prize’s inception in 1969 as well as audio readings from the shortlisted books.
Ion Trewin, Literary Director of the Man Booker Prizes, comments: “With the digital experience becoming so much a part of the world of reading, this initiative demonstrates how important we rate the ability to sample and buy this year’s shortlist in every possible format.”
The six books on the 2011 shortlist are: The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes, Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch, The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt, Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan, Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman and Snowdrops by A.D. Miller.
The winner of the 2011 Man Booker Prize will be announced on Tuesday 18 October 2011 at London’s Guildhall.