Digital Book Only Unlocks Content When Readers Are In A Specific Location

Digital Book Only Unlocks Content When Readers Are In A Specific Location

The Silent History is an app that takes the form of a serialized novel and includes GPS locked ‘Field Reports.’

Emma Hutchings
  • 7 january 2013

The Silent History is a serialized novel for the iPhone and iPad about a generation of unusual children born without the ability to create or comprehend language but with other surprising skills.

The story is told using daily ‘episodes’; updates of around 1,500 words that are delivered through the app. This means that no matter how involved you are with the book, you’ll have to wait for the next part to become available before you can find out what happens next.

Digital Book Unlocks Content Only When Readers Are In A Specific Location

The Silent History app is available in the App Store for $1.99 and includes Volume One, the first twenty chapters of the story. The L.A. Times notes that it’s creator Eli Horowitz developed the story based on the capabilities of the iPhone:

It would need to be delivered in bursts short enough to be read in about 15 minutes, standing in line or waiting for the subway. And it would take advantage of GPS, creating location-specific features.

For readers who are hungry for more and want to explore the novel’s world in more depth, there are hundreds of GPS locked ‘Field Reports’ that can only be read when the reader takes their device to the specified place. These location-based stories can be accessed across the U.S. and around the world, including one in Antarctica. You can check out the video for the novel below:

The Silent History



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