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Frankenstein E-Book Recreates a Monster

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Frankenstein is back, but this time his story is interactive, as publishers scramble to enhance novels.

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Transmedia Storytelling Using Social Media - PreziTransmedia Digest

Transmedia Storytelling Using Social Media - PreziTransmedia Digest | App-books | Scoop.it

I’ve been using Prezi since mid-2010 as a tool for doing presentations, including for an information design, a sociology course, and a storytelling/social media course. In each case, Prezi replaced PowerPoint. The advantage of Prezi is that it is much easier to integrate text, still images, audio, and video into a presentation.

 

The premise behind Prezi is that you lay out the various elements of your content on a workspace and then connect them using a “path” that you or your audience can follow simply by pressing the forward and back keys on a computer. There are also some neat tricks that allow you to zoom in and out of any element, making it possible to hide, for example, one image inside another and then reveal it as the user moves along the path.

 

As an experiment, I spent a couple of hours translating the Autumn at 59 photo essay I did in Facebook and Pinterest into Prezi. The results in Prezi are more dynamic because of the zooming and rotating capabilities that Facebook and Pinterest don’t have. Although I didn’t use them in this experiment, audio or video clips to the Prezi could easily be added....


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Children’s Digital Publishing – Popular Posts from “The Digital Media Diet” | The Digital Media Diet

Children’s Digital Publishing – Popular Posts from “The Digital Media Diet” | The Digital Media Diet | App-books | Scoop.it

After more doing more than 500 children’s book app reviews myself, I’ve decided to take a quick ‘look back’ to see what the past year or so has brought to the industry of digital children’s publishing for the picture book market.

 

In addition to reviewing, readers of this blog know that I also weigh in occasionally on topics germane to the digital publishing industry for picture books as well as posting recommended reading lists. We are also working on a number of “Top 25″ lists to share with you soon … refreshing our lists from last year for topics like best for bedtime, most relevant interactivity and best animation & extras.

 

In just over a year, this site has become rather popular, with our most viewed page getting nearly 100K pageviews! So, to honor the most popular posts that readers still flock to daily, in case you’re curious, here is our top 10 most popular blog posts (of all time – or since inception …

 

iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps
Top 10 iPad Books – Most Innovative Use of Interactivity
Recommended iPad Book Apps for Older & Reluctant Readers Ages 8-12
Top 10 Animated Books for iPad
2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps
How will iPad picture books affect young reader’s literacy?
Top 10 Most Educational iPad Books
The new iPad vs Nook Color vs Kindle Fire: Who has the best family tablet?
Top 10 iPad Book Apps to Keep a Bored Kid Busy
Why the iPad has revolutionized bedtime reading for parents & kids …


Don’t see a favorite topic listed here? Feel free to suggest something for future posts about the children’s digital publishing … we love our readers!


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Inside the World of Publishing: The phenomenon of the book app

Inside the World of Publishing: The phenomenon of the book app | App-books | Scoop.it

It seems that “app” is the word of the moment – quite literally. Aside from being at the forefront of technology in every industry and market of recent times, it was in fact voted the American Dialect Society’s ‘Word of the Year’ only two years ago, indicative in itself of the global significance and popularity of this latest software programme.

 

While the app revolution has changed the face of the business world, enabling increased productivity, interaction and creativity while on-the-go, the app’s popularity does not stop at the working environment. With the creation and overwhelming popularity of millions of apps relating to the worlds of movies, music and gaming the face of entertainment has also been revolutionised, along with our interaction with these various industries ...


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eBook Sales Up in January, AAP Reports - AppNewser

eBook Sales Up in January, AAP Reports - AppNewser | App-books | Scoop.it

Sales of adult eBook titles rose 49.4 percent in January ($99.5 million vs $66.6m), while eBook sales in the children & young adult segment shot up 475 percent over last year ($22.6m vs $3.9m). eBooks made up 17.5% of the children trade segment, and a startling 31 percent of the adult trade segment. The trade market as a whole also grew to $503.5 million in January, up significantly from $396 million in January 2011.

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Non-fiction games structure: a successful formula for the interactive documentary

Non-fiction games structure: a successful formula for the interactive documentary | App-books | Scoop.it

Arnau Gifreu Castells: "Mixing documentary (non-fiction) and game (fiction) seems a strategy that many interactive documentary producers are considering, because the fact of reality combined with a structure that includes the users and put themselves at the heart of the action, creates a much more hyper and immersed scenario for the interactive documentary and its participants"...

 


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Vook | Easy-to-use cloud-based eBook publishing platform

Vook | Easy-to-use cloud-based eBook publishing platform | App-books | Scoop.it
Vook is an intuitive and easy-to-use cloud-based eBook publishing platform. Quickly create, edit, and publish your eBook with one click—no special software required. When you distribute through Vook, you keep 100% of your royalties!
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Are games art? 'Journey' moves debate to new ground

Are games art? 'Journey' moves debate to new ground | App-books | Scoop.it
Latest game from the makers of artsy title 'Flower' a work of interactive poetry...
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In Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus,' the Advertising Is Part of the Picture

In Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus,' the Advertising Is Part of the Picture | App-books | Scoop.it
Unlike trailers, which use rapid-cut, repurposed footage 'transmedia' videos expand the movie's narrative.


DRC: For those "not yet versed in transmedia storytelling," Jeff Gomez & Simon Pulman cover the following:

  • The Creative/Marketing Line Has Blurred
  • Successful Transmedia Engages on Multiple Levels
  • The Marketing Is an Extension of the Story Itself
  • Challenge and Opportunity

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Transmedia is a matter of perception

Transmedia is a matter of perception | App-books | Scoop.it

Robert Pratten: "The slide [...] is from Stephen Anderson‘s deck on Perception Strategy - it’s well worth taking the time to read it but I pulled out this slide because it struck me how important these questions are for transmedia storytelling!"


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Story-Hack: Where Storytelling and Technology Meet

Story-Hack: Where Storytelling and Technology Meet | App-books | Scoop.it

"Many storytellers find that they lack the basic concepts of technology (from web design to coding). Likewise technologists have difficulty developing engaging narratives for their projects. Connecting the two groups is the primary focus of the New York transmedia community. This is how it began" ...


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Silverstring Media » Blueprint for a Transmedia Classroom

Silverstring Media » Blueprint for a Transmedia Classroom | App-books | Scoop.it

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The Story of a Transmedia Revolution: (Part 3) The Rise of The Unbook

The Story of a Transmedia Revolution: (Part 3) The Rise of The Unbook | App-books | Scoop.it

 'In an age of digital storytelling, the distance between author and reader is rapidly shrinking, and the roles those parties play are rapidly changing. One of the most radical concepts that I've come across during my research of transmedia storytelling is the "unbook."'

 

[Other posts from "The Story of a Transmedia Revolution" series can be found @scoopit http://bit.ly/xojQbz (part one) & @scoopit http://bit.ly/yBOSVl (part two) ]


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Enhanced e-books: truly moving literature | TechCentral

Enhanced e-books: truly moving literature | TechCentral | App-books | Scoop.it

In his international bestseller The Hare With Amber Eyes, Edmund de Waal traces the fortune of a collection of carved Japanese netsuke figurines. Readers grew so entranced by the story of these objects that they started clamouring to see them. So after the hardback, the e-book, and the paperback came the deluxe illustrated edition last November — along with something called the “enhanced” digital edition.


The illustrated hardback Hare is an object of impeccable book design, elegant without feeling chilly. The enhanced digital edition includes the same family photographs, memorabilia and maps, plus embedded videos of De Waal touring readers through the story in Paris and Vienna. De Waal, a potter with a rich concern for the tactile qualities of objects, hopes that the illustrated edition feels “like a book that you want to pick up, an object to be held”. Yet his multimedia e-book involves holding a smooth, flat iPad, Nook or Kobo. And it is behind the hard screen of such devices that ever more of our books will soon be found ...


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News will Become Video "Game-Like" Soon, CNN's Peter Bale

LONDON -- Within the next 18 months or so, video on the Web and on digital devices via Apps will become more video "game-like," says Peter Bale, General Manager for Digital of CNN International, in this segment from the Beet.TV Video Journalism...

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Can a book exist without text? Can you be a reader without anything to ‘read’? | The Digital Media Diet

Can a book exist without text? Can you be a reader without anything to ‘read’? | The Digital Media Diet | App-books | Scoop.it

I have had several encounters lately that have made me scratch my head and wonder if my opinion on the whole ebook transition is just a bit too narrow? Up until now, I have been pretty flexible about my definition of a ‘book’ and even defended the right for digital books to be simply considered ‘books’ pure and simple.

 

BUT … I do have a couple criteria for a book, even in digital. Do you have an absolute minimum that a ‘book’ must provide in order to be considered a ‘book’? Of course, I thought my criteria were pretty obvious, but like most things, they appear to be a matter of opinion. But since this is my take on the ebook and this is MY blog … I have TWO very simple criteria that any book app or ebook, with any .pdf you can open on any eReader, etc. should meet before being considered a BOOK ...


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Transmedia's Nonlinear Challenge to Learning, and the Grammar of Gaming

Transmedia's Nonlinear Challenge to Learning, and the Grammar of Gaming | App-books | Scoop.it
To survive this complex new form of literature, a new grammar will need to be found. And what an opportunity for schools in helping define a grammar that has not yet been worked out. As Frank Rose from the tech magazine Wired puts it:

To take advantage of this a new grammar of storytelling has to emerge, just as a grammar of cinema had to be invented 100 years ago. That grammar has not yet been fully defined, any more than the grammar of cinema was clearly defined in 1912 — but clearly it’s going to be nonlinear, it’s going to be participatory, and it’s going to be immersive. 

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Disney Hits One Million Book App Downloads - AppNewser

Disney Hits One Million Book App Downloads - AppNewser | App-books | Scoop.it
Disney Hits One Million Book App Downloads...
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Frankenstein E-Book Recreates a Monster

Frankenstein E-Book Recreates a Monster | App-books | Scoop.it
Frankenstein is back, but this time his story is interactive, as publishers scramble to enhance novels.

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Does Mozilla's Living Docs Project Give Us a Taste of the Future of Documentary Storytelling?

Does Mozilla's Living Docs Project Give Us a Taste of the Future of Documentary Storytelling? | App-books | Scoop.it
A few days before this year's SXSW, the Mozilla Foundation (the nonprofit organization that most famously gives us the Firefox web browser) launched Living Docs Project, an online home for transmedia documentary storytelling.

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Breakthrough options kids book series by Atwood

Breakthrough options kids book series by Atwood | App-books | Scoop.it
Wandering Wenda & Friends, the hit children's book series by internationally acclaimed author Margaret Atwood, has been optioned for development as an animated TV series for preschoolers by Toronto, Canada-based producer/distributor Breakthrough...

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How Helen Klein Ross Brings @BettyDraper to Life

How Helen Klein Ross Brings @BettyDraper to Life | App-books | Scoop.it
Have you ever finished watching your favorite TV show and felt like something was missing? Maybe you wished the story arc was different, a particular scene was added, or a minor character had more of a prominent role.

 

"The woman behind the Twitter account for @BettyDraper talks about what its like to manage the Mad Men character's account."


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Five transmedia projects to follow - spring 2012

Five transmedia projects to follow - spring 2012 | App-books | Scoop.it

Simon Staffans: "In no particular order, and without snubbing any other projects out there that I’m either ignorant of or have simply forgotten due to mushy-brain-syndrome; here are five projects you might do well to put in your bookmarks" ...


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Gone Wishing - Interactive Storybook - Digital Storytime.com's 5-Star Review

Gone Wishing - Interactive Storybook - Digital Storytime.com's 5-Star Review | App-books | Scoop.it

This is an exceptional new book app featuring an original story about a company, called Best Wishes, that lies below our world, taking the discarded wishing-well coins, birthday candles (and other 'wishing' objects like wishbones) to make the dreams attached to each object come true. These pleas are answered in an alternate universe where mythical characters (like fairies & genies) use potions and incantations to work magic - filling wishes for toys, ponies and even cotton candy ... 

 

Read more: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=521


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Making e-books even more kid-friendly: the Storia reading app from Scholastic

Making e-books even more kid-friendly: the Storia reading app from Scholastic | App-books | Scoop.it
Scholastic's Storia reading app includes many children's titles previously unavailable in e-book format...

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Gamasutra - News - Opinion: Where's that glorious transmedia future?

Gamasutra - News - Opinion: Where's that glorious transmedia future? | App-books | Scoop.it
Gamasutra's Leigh Alexander takes a look at how film and other media are doing at leveraging brands into the world of games, finding slow progress toward that popular transmedia vision.

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