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Futurebook interview with Simon

Simon has been interviewed by Futurebook’s Porter Anderson about the new Cato and Macro mobile game. In this fascinating and insightful piece, he discusses, among many other things, the challenges of getting young people into reading, and how he hopes the game can encourage players to then go on to read the Cato and Macro series:

“I have a lot of adult readers who are really enthusiastic about books and want to get their offspring into reading, as well. And it’s all very well for an adult to put a book in front of a kid and say, ‘Here, read this.’ But it’s something else to say, ‘Well, look, we’ll play the game and if you’re interesting in finding out more about the series, then here, what about these books I’ve been trying to get you to read all the time?”

“We’ve got problems recruiting young male readers. And anything we can do as industry people to find ways of getting kids back to books is worth doing.”

Read the full interview on the Futurebook website