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Last week-end I traveled to San Francisco to talk to a group of workshops attendees who took part in Karen Robertson's How to Create & Market a Children's Book App series. She is the creator of several great book app creation and commercialization tools for children, among them an on-line course named "book app academy".
Developing the Treasure Kai storybook app, Karen was very inspiring by communicating her own keen intelligence from her own keen study path and a fun road map for new publishers in this very young business . For anyone considering to publish a children's book app themselves, I suggest two ebooks:
Writer's Guide to Book Applications et How to Book App. We have had different types of audiences in the fields of literature, arts and films, as well as previously released children's books, teachers and even a few readers who had already released the app. It was proof of Karen's collaboration spirit; just to spend the afternoon with such an inspirational group of individuals would have been a worthwhile trip.
Karen also provided an extraordinary step-by-step approach to how to penetrate this up and coming world. All in all, I was profoundly struck by the participants' dedication to good storytelling for children. It' been like a book app heaven for me.
I' m hosting this weekly with Brooks and David B. Fox, who created his woman Annie Fox's graphical novel applications from the Middle School Confidential range and various epub-formatted eBooks, Kindle & Nook, among others. There' s also a listing of over a dozen storyline app building utilities on the sidebar.
It is REALLY an interesting and demanding period to work in the field of child digitally authoring. At the very least, ALL children's publishers are thinking of digitisation as part of the life span of new fairy tale books. That means there is a great deal of new ground for anyone new to the game. It will take a long and hard day to cope with this transformation, but it can be worth it for those who are prepared to start in the markets early.
Changes in the markets are quick and upsetting. Publishers must regularly measure the price on the square long before starting an app. Apps have become much better on the open source app store in the last two years, as has the number of available games.
Also the number of participants in the markets has increased at an exponential rate, especially with so many new Do-it-Yourself (DIY) softwares. And all this has made the world a more complex one. However, earnings do not increase, but can even decrease for the medium application, so there are issues that mean that not only is it prudent to stay within your budgets, but it is also important to survive in this world.
I' describe this need for'pivot' as a forest.... the root is your love and your wish to make your own history, the stem is the real history you want to turn into an app and the twigs are the many different ways you need to get to the sky (your readers), but be willing to cut down some of them.
Things are still changing, but they are ready for picture-book applications. Fundamental adjustments are required in every book application, so most adjustments for functions, especially for sound, are required. Ignoring the basics of building a new book application is really not wise, even if you just want folks to see its history (let alone buy it), there are enough high-quality book applications on the bookshelf.
It is unlikely that a book app without a commentary will prevail on the market today. Most book users expect an audiophile voice-over for the entire text of a child's photo book. With that, it is simple to look away from the words in a book application, regardless of ages or readings.
A number of highly engaging and engaging book applications have a great deal to offer, so it is highly recommendable for under-10s. Navigation in a book should not be more difficult than navigation in a printed book. It gives the user a feeling of how long the book could be and allows them to go back to a favourite page.
That is an event that is taken for granted nowadays. All we know is how long or how brief a book is, through the actual amount of material room it occupies. Available in app format, a book five pages long can take up as much room on your display (even if size MBs vary) as about fifty, five hundred or even five thousand pages long.
It' good to use strike-style pages (with the reader stroking on the right side of the page to help move the storyline forward), especially for little or no interaction work. Eventually, a kid will type to find something interacting at the sides of the page and instead inadvertently turn the page, which is very disturbing to the reader's viewing pleasure.
At the heart of every GREAT book app is still a GREAT storyline. Another evident but often missing part of''integrating' all the functions in a book is also quite simple: make sure that the things you are adding to your storyline app are not distracting from the storyline itself (or from each other).
If, for example, something "jumps and shakes", if kids touch it but has no other connection to the narrative, it can divert young people from understanding the action. That' because young digits are very preoccupied with researching digitized pages and they are unlikely to be waiting for the storyteller to be finished before they begin typing on them.
It is also the qualtity of the output that is decisive. In the same way that a lousy storyline or illustration can destroy an app book, no matter how well it'works' on a machine, a nicely designed storyline can be destroyed by lousy output scores. Each book application must be a cohesive event for the readers, covering every phase of the narration, with good speed and "chunking" of the text on every page and improvements offered to the novella.
For the reader this seldom felt like a polished'book'. Improve each fairy tale book with care, taking into account your history and your money. It is easier to update an app than a printed page. You can also repair, modify, etc. for your book's current owner. but you can never go back and reverse the cost of overproducing your first book.
It' s great if you can finance your productions in advance, but it is very simple to create a book app that far that you can't even make a profit. Unlike the cost of developing a children's book, the cost of developing digital apps is not defined and can be administered on a small or large household budge.
Publishers and book application designers should weigh and overestimate the timeframe before setting up any implementation plan, especially for a first work. While some writers and illustrations can do it all themselves, the bottom line is that someone has to; you can'inspire' an app version with good results.
An app just doesn't sell itself. Nick Jr., Disney, Sesame Street, along with Dr. Seuss and other famous textbooks, have and will have a great influence on the US mare. There is also a certain "theme lift" for robotic, princess, dinosaur, etc. as well as any tale that refers to well-known fairytales & legends.
From Digital Storytime's over 600 tested applications are over 10% free, 30% are $0. 99 of less, almost 50% are $1. 99 or less and over 70% are at or below what I call the book app'sweet spot', $2. 99 or less. For all intents and purposes, getting a book that is valued over five bucks for sale is really a marvel for almost anyone, even big gamblers in this world.
95 percent of all applications I've checked cost $4. 99 or less, something that hasn't moved since the creation of our website. There are many similar things I have heard when I speak to carers (parents, legal guardians, grandchildren, etc.), educators and schools and children's librarians: Oftentimes, mum and dad enjoy applications (or the concept of pedagogical applications for their children) but are not quite sure how they can be integrated into their children's everyday-life.
But when it comes to reading, the base technique has been stable for centuries. There is still puzzlement in the general opinion about the definitions of a book application or e-book, so you are expecting it to take some considerable amount of consumer attention. Many very well trained and contemplative shoppers are just scratching the App Store's interface and using their equipment primarily as a replacement for hand-held play equipment to keep children busy and give grown-ups plenty of free play for other things.
If they find that their kids prefer fairy tale books to toys, which is becoming more and more common in homes all over the globe, this is (forgive the pun) a real spoilsport. Colleges and libaries are starting to get involved with book applications, but they are encountering a great deal of bewilderment about how to catalog them.
These audiences are more worried about where the line between books, apps and gameplay leads.... something that isn't quite clear yet. Bibliothecaries may also find it hard to distinguish between publisher and developer, identify publishing data (updates make digitization in this area somewhat slippery), administer shopping at a government agency and find trustworthy review or other resource (for themselves or for clients) to obtain information.
Books applications do not have ISBNs and there is no data base with tracks outside the App Store. As I try to keep up, my more than 600 tested tracks represent only a small part of the total marketing and the apps' qualities are very uneven. Bibliothecaires are keen on this change (or at least keen to experience it), but it will take a long while for the institution in which they work to adapt.
Library staff are not particularly worried about the price like the competition, although they are consequently oriented towards the highest standards of user-friendliness and qualitiy. Instructors are great all-ies for online competence and a supporting whole when it comes to book applications (and electronic notebooks in general), especially for young people. However, they are looking for ways to incorporate these digitised resources into the school.
They' re most influenced by book applications that have curricular connections, curricula, expansions, and literacy quizzes, rather than fun kybo jokes or other extra features. Skilled technical instructors are also pioneering with storylinetelling applications that bring out a whole new breed that will tell its tales in a virtual world.
Large stories are already used in class and instructors are willing to integrate digitally written stories into the mixture to help the children fell in love it. It is easy to access the parental markets, but like educators, they have very limited budget. Many of your prospective customers are looking at a plethora of applications, many of which are high end and free (even if only temporarily).
Most of the responsibilities of the parent for the children's "free" times are to find "good" fun for their child, so they try to find high-quality and inexpensive opportunities for the medium, but they are very engaged and divert. Books applications can be very high on the most" nutritious" medium for your child, but parent still have some serious misgivings that applications and their child are generally on-line, such as leaving the application for e-mail, soft copy,outube or the Internet.
Neither do they like advertising hypertextuals ( "links" for other applications in a series), in-app sales, trial version of letters that are sold as a complete book, nor do they like to navigate and strongly want information at "reading level" to direct their sales. The way children's literature is written has undergone major changes, but it is still not easy to make a living from it.
The easiest way to earn cash is to concentrate on children's literature, and earning cash is never easy, especially in applications. Childrens book writers and illuminators were never the richest or most illustrious in the city and that hasn't really change today. What really makes the big deal different is that in today's world, the world of online media has become more open to all.
Because this way is open to many more persons.... that implies you and your history. How would you advise the creators of new storyline apps?