Faber is no stranger to innovative book-apps, with previous releases including The Waste Land and The Sonnets by William Shakespeare with partner Touch Press. Now the publisher has announced another app project: Arcadia.

It’s a novel by Iain Pears that will be published first as an app in Autumn 2013, before print and e-book editions are released in Spring 2014.

Faber’s announcement certainly whets the appetite: “It mixes genres, periods and styles and can be read in different ways. Readers may approach each narrative as a traditional linear story; or they may follow the episodes of each tale on a cross-linear path. They can read, or leave out, sections as they choose.”

Faber’s head of digital Henry Volans says the book is “a natively digital novel in how it is written, edited and read. It is exactly what we at Faber have been looking for.” The publisher will have global rights for the app edition.

“Arcadia is, first and foremost, a story. But to work it needs the flexibility which only a digital format can provide,” says Pears. “Fortunately, the editors at Faber immediately grasped what I am trying to do, and, rather than trying to force the project back into more orthodox publishing formats, have enthusiastically offered to help.”