Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Goes Digital with New App

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld iPad App

A new iPad app based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s bestselling fantasy universe Discworld is in the works, according to a teaser video posted on the app’s official website.

The app, titled “Discworld: The Ankh-Morpork Map,” is being developed by Transworld Publishers, a subsidiary of Random House, and Agant, the creative muscle behind the recently released Shakespeare iPad apps. Details of the software’s features are scarce at present, but the app is likely to prove popular with fans of Pratchett’s intricate fantasy world.

Dave Addey, managing director of Agant, recently tweeted about the app, saying that details would follow in due course.

Since the release of The Color of Magic in 1983, the Discworld novels have proven enormously popular, selling more than 70 million copies worldwide. Pratchett has written 39 novels set in the Discworld, a flat disc balanced on the backs of four elephants that, in turn, stand on the shell of the Great A’Tuin, a giant turtle.

It seems likely that the app will serve as a guidebook-style companion to the series, and given Agant’s experience and creativity, fans of Pratchett’s work probably won’t be disappointed.

Are you a Discworld fan? What features would you like to see in the app?

Image via Josh Kirby/Telegraph.co.uk

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. November 9, 2012 - 1:24pm

This makes me want a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy app that gives quotes from the book and funny definitions to words and shit like that.  

That's the same thing I want in this app.

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Renfield from Hell is reading 20th Century Ghosts November 9, 2012 - 3:42pm

^What Howie said.

Pratchett's pound for pound one of the best comedic authors out there, and with over 40 books not many people can out-pound him.