Sunset has adapted its popular gardening book into an interactive iOS book app. Working with digital publishing services firm Inkling, Sunset has taken The New Sunset Western Garden Book, and added digital elements that make it part guide, part digital gardening planner .
The app edition includes 27 how-to videos with gardening techniques and tips. It also includes slideshows, interactive images and tappable climate zone maps, so that readers can plan their gardens based on where they live. It has regional gardening calendars and a note-taking tool, for readers to make plans for their gardens.
The book, which is in its 9th edition, was first published 80 years ago. This is the publisher’s first foray into interactive book app publishing. Barb Newton, president of Sunset Publishing, stated: “With so much information and inspiration at your fingertips, we think this is going to be the most important tool in the garden. The zoomable, high resolution photos take this interactive book to a whole new level for the brand, and there are so many other enhancements as well.”