Straits Times' latest e-book, ST100, looks ahead at 2014 while capturing 2013 highlights

SINGAPORE - The 118-page e-book features the top 10 stories spanning 10 sections on Singapore, World, Money, Sports, Photos, Cartoons, Online, Technology, Fashion, and Arts, Entertainment and Food.


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The Straits Times releases its newest e-book ST100

SINGAPORE - The Straits Times today launched its latest e-book, ST100, which highlights the most significant news events and trends of 2013 and looks at what 2014 has in store.

The all-you-need-to-know-about-2013 multimedia package can be downloaded for free for the iPad from Apple's App store now (https://itunes.apple.com/app/id783596981?mt=8).

The 118-page e-book features the top 10 stories spanning 10 sections on Singapore, World, Money, Sports, Photos, Cartoons, Online, Technology, Fashion, and Arts, Entertainment and Food.

It contains interactive features such as videos, photo galleries and pop-up factoids, from Singapore news such as the country's worst haze ever and home-grown multi-award winning film Ilo Ilo, to global headliners such as the Boston marathon bombings and the geopolitical tensions in East Asia.

Mr Warren Fernandez, editor of The Straits Times said ST100 is part of the newsroom's continuing push to stay at the forefront of multimedia journalism.

"At the start of a new year, it's timely to look ahead at what might shape the year. Our writers have done this in print, as well as on our website," said Mr Fernandez. "Our new e-book goes further in summing up the top stories from 2013, as well as what might be top of the news in 2014, in words, pictures and videos. It's our way of helping ST readers get on top of things as we enter 2014."

Also featured are the most-read online stories on straitstimes.com, the ST art desk's picks of illustrations by well-known cartoonists and artists such as Lee Chee Chew and Miel; and the best photos of the year taken by the paper's photojournalists.

The e-book is sponsored by local interior design firm, Sky Creation.

Said Dr Sky Tan, its Chief Executive Officer: "We are honoured to partner The Straits Times in launching its first digital platform that features the top 100 events of Singapore. It is important for us to reflect on these major events so that we can see what lessons we can gather from them. In short, learn from the past so that we can have a better future."

ST100 is the second e-book produced by The Straits Times, the English flagship daily of Singapore Press Holdings Limited. The first interactive book, Myanmar Sunrise, released in April 2013, offers a riverting look at the world's newest democracy experiment and South-east Asia's last big economic frontier. It won an award in the "Specialty/Niche Sites and Niche Apps" category presented by Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association (Panpa) in August 2013.

Myanmar Sunrise is available from the Apple App Store at US$0.99 (S$1.28).

ST100 is a change from the long-essay approach of Myanmar Sunrise, with snappy write-ups accompanied by compelling images.

Bookending the 100 stories are two incisive analyses written by The Straits Times senior writer Cheong Suk-Wai. The first essay assesses the year that has been, while the second crystal-gazes at what 2014 may bring.

The e-book also comes with bonus content: a slideshow of the 10 key events to look forward to in 2014, and a series of 10 wallpapers featuring scenes of Singapore which readers can download.

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