Touchpress was an acclaimed[1][2][3] app developer and publisher based in Central London. The company specialised in creating in-depth premium apps on educational subjects including the Periodic Table,[4] Beethoven,[5] the Solar System,[6] T.S. Eliot,[7] Shakespeare,[8] and others. Their app "Barefoot World Atlas" was named one of the top 10 apps of all time by Apple.[9] Of Touchpress' "Disney Animated," which was named the best iPad app of 2013 worldwide by Apple, iTunes' App Editor noted, "We’re absolutely spellbound."[10]

FounderTheodore Gray, Max Whitby, John Cromie, Stephen Wolfram
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationLondon
Publication typesBooks, iPhone and iPad apps

In October 2016, Touchpress sold its portfolio of science and literature apps to a new, venture-capital backed publisher in the educational content market, Touch Press Inc., to concentrate on digital tools and services for cultural organisations to grow audience engagement, with an emphasis on video. As part of this new strategy, the company has rebranded to "Amphio".'[11]


Touchpress was founded by Theodore Gray, Max Whitby, John Cromie, Stephen Wolfram and others shortly after the announcement of the launch of the iPad.[12][13] The first published app was "The Elements," a continuation of the founders' work together on a coffee table book about the periodic table,[14] which they followed up in 2014 with "Molecules", allowing users to touch and discover the basic building blocks of the world.[15]

Design philosophyEdit

Touchpress creates "living books."[16] Their apps feature many interactive elements and seek to engage readers with a deeper understanding of the subject. The company is part of a broad movement to re-define books and the reading experience for the 21st century.[17][18] Touchpress is particularly notable for their partnerships both within and outside the publishing industry. To date, the company has worked with Juilliard, Disney,[19] Deutsche Grammophon,[20] Faber and Faber, Seamus Heaney,[3] Björk,[21] Fiona Shaw, Patrick Stewart, Steve Reich, Stephen Fry, Andrew Motion,[22] Stephen Hough,[23] Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia Orchestra,[1] National Geographic,[24] and more.

Apps published by TouchpressEdit


  1. ^ a b Wall, Seth Colter (2012-12-21). "The Perfect Classical Music App". Slate. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  2. ^ Banks, Dave (2013-06-14). "App is Truly an Ode to Joy". Geek Dad. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Richmond, Shane (2011-07-15). "The Waste Land iPad app review". The Telegraph. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  4. ^ "The Elements: A Visual Exploration". PC PC Magazine. Retrieved 12 August 2013.
  5. ^ Thompson, Damian (2013-05-25). "Four recordings of Beethoven's Ninth on a $15.47 app". The Spectator. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  6. ^ Lawton, Chuck (2011-01-31). "Touch The Solar System on Your iPad". Wired. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  7. ^ Dredge, Stuart (2011-08-08). "The Waste Land iPad app earns back its costs in six weeks on the App Store". The Guardian. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  8. ^ Ng, David (2013-05-20). "Shakespeare's sonnets get a new iPad, iPhone app". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  9. ^ Rosen, Judith (2013-07-09). "Two Book Apps Among Apple's All-Time Top 10". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  10. ^ "Disney Animated By Disney". iTunes. Apple. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Touchpress unveils new strategic direction and rebrands as Amphio | The Bookseller". Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  12. ^ Roush, Wade (2011-07-29). "TouchPress: Theodore Gray Tests His Mettle in the App World". Publisher's Weekly. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  13. ^ Wolfram, Stephen (2010-12-24). "Touch Press: The Second Book". Stephen Wolfram Blog. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  14. ^ Pham, Alex (2010-04-27). "The curious tale of the wooden table that became an iPad book". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  15. ^ Stockton, Nick (20 October 2014). "Explore the Building Blocks of Everything From Poison to Soap". Wired. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  16. ^ Ng, David (2012-04-27). "The Coffee Table eBook: iPad Apps From Touch Press Transform The Act Of Reading". Forbes. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  17. ^ Roush, Wade (2012-05-11). "Touch Press, the iPad, and the New Golden Age of Multimedia". Xconomy. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  18. ^ Boehret, Katherine (2010-04-07). "For the iPad, Apps With Their Own Wow Factor". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  19. ^ Padilla, Richard (2013-08-08). "'Disney Animated' for iPad Covers the History of All 53 Disney Films". Mac Rumors. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  20. ^ Service, Tom (2013-05-31). "'Beethoven's Ninth, the app: an Ode to iJoy". The Guardian. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  21. ^ Burton, Charlie (2011-07-26). "'In depth: How Björk's 'Biophilia' album fuses music with iPad apps". Wired. Archived from the original on April 15, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2013.
  22. ^ Caplan, Lisa (2012-12-14). "'Touch Press brushes the dust off The Sonnets by Shakespeare". Appolicious. Archived from the original on December 9, 2014. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  23. ^ "Stephen Hough And Touch Press Release Ground-Breaking iPad App Coinciding With Opening Concert Of BBC Proms". Classical Source. 2013-07-10. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
  24. ^ Grabarek, Daryl (2011-10-21). "Review: 'March of the Dinosaurs' for iOS". School Library Journal. Retrieved August 12, 2013.

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