Animating the big subjects

A new animated ebooks series Ideas in Profile is aiming to offer concise and entertaining introductions to ‘the big subjects’.

Politics by David Runciman

There’s a distinctly illustrative look and feel to the Profile Books series, which has been designed and animated by Cognitive Media.

Ideas in Profile begins with Politics, by David Runciman, which will be published in June 2014. The series will also be available in print accompanied by illustrations but it’s very much a digital-first exercise, which the publishers hope will shake-up the digital reading experience.

Politics by David Runciman

Runciman, a leading political scientist, asks of politics, what is it, why do we need it and where is it heading?  Ground covered includes the gap between rich and poor, the impact of social media, and key figures like Machiavelli, Hobbes and Weber.

Politics by David Runciman

All of this is illustrated and animated accordingly with a bold three-colour red, black and white aesthetic.

Politics by David Runciman

This film, narrated by Runciman, is a taster of what you can expect:

Other subjects waiting to be tackled are Art History, by Martin Kemp, and Shakespeare, by Paul Edmondson.

Politics by David Runciman

Politics by David Runciman is published by Ideas in Profile in June, priced £4.99 as an eBook and £8.99 as a paperback.

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