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Ken Follett - The Pillars of the Earth
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The bestselling Pillars of the Earth is now a CBC Television miniseries starring Ian McShane, Donald Sutherland, and Rufus Sewell, and produced by Ridley Scott

Bestselling author Ken Follett's spellbinding epic set in twelfth-century England The Pillars of the Earth tells the story of the lives entwined in the building of the greatest Gothic cathedral the world has ever known—and a struggle between good and evil that will turn church against state, and brother against                         brother.

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Check out Penguin Canada and CBC Television's Groundbreaking Amplified Edition of Ken Follett's No. 1 Bestseller "The Pillars of the Earth"

The Amplified Edition of "The Pillars of the Earth" showcases striking video clips, beautiful art and original music from the upcoming, critically acclaimed CBC Television 9-hour epic television event based on the book.

This visually stunning Amplified Edition of "The Pillars of the Earth" offers a rich and immersive way to read, watch and listen to Ken Follett's beloved story. The Amplified Edition showcases exclusive videos with the author about his research and the process of bringing his book to the screen, and an innovative Character Tree that provides a remarkable aid to keeping the story's myriad characters straight, yet prevents plot spoilers.

Updates will occur repeatedly while the TV series airs so that consumers who purchase the Amplified Edition will have a dynamic user experience that complements the story and the viewing experience of the 9-part series.

Download The Pillars of the Earth Amplified Edition from iTunes

Other features include:

  • Contextual video footage and still images carefully blended into the eBook from the corresponding section of the CBC series.
  • An interactive Character Tree, housed in a virtual stained glass window, which grows as characters are introduced in the book, allowing you to learn more about the selected characters and their corresponding relationships. As the story progresses, the stained glass window becomes more intricate and reveals more and more about the characters.
  • Ken Follett's multimedia Diary—The author's on-set impressions of bringing The Pillars of the Earth from page to screen.
  • Behind-the-scenes interviews with the actors, director and producers.
  • Sketches of the 12th-century costumes and sets
  • A Listening Lounge—Hymns and soundtrack themes from the miniseries.
  • A sneak preview of Ken Follett's next book, FALL OF GIANTS


  • For your uninterrupted enjoyment (even if you are in transit or have a spotty internet connection at home), all multimedia content is embedded into the app rather than streaming it over a wireless or 3G network.
  • Due to the vast amount of rich content, please allow time for downloading - approximately 30 minutes on a typical operating system.
  • Do not attempt to download this product wirelessly. Download in the App Store on your computer and transfer to your iPad by synching your apps.
  • Play video in "Full Screen" mode for optimal viewing.