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19th December 2012

ian watkins

Following on from the phenomenal success of the book release last year, 40 Years Of Queen is being released as a stunning enhanced ebook. Built using Apple iBooks Author, this will delight Queen fans and anyone with an iPad.

This is Queen's and Carlton Digital's first ebook, and the most advanced music ebook on the market and retails for a special low price of just £9.99.

The book contains biogarphies of each band member, including dynamic photo galleries, handwritten lyrics and audio quotes and the full story of the legendary rock band is presented in an imaginative and thrilling way.

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Readers are able to seamlessly purchase Queen iTunes products without leaving the page. Other enhanced ebooks like this require you to stop using iBooks Reader and go into iTunes separately - this is the only product where you simply hit a button and the relevant iTunes page pops up in front of you.

MetalTalk's Mark Taylor was at the launch of the eBook held in one of the tea rooms at the Groucho Club in London and whilst munching on as many complimentary cookies as he could, Mark listened to Brain May whilst he gave a demonstration of the book.

Brian May has kept all the memorabilia from his time in the band in a massive room at his home and now a lot of that is now shared on the eBook. You can even click on a map and the setlist from the Queen gigs that Queen have played in that town will appear.

"I was very aware of history, I kept every ticket, every plectrum, and it's been gathering dust in a temperature-controlled storage room. So it was a curious enterprise going back through everything, and remembering what it all represented," said May.

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