Moira Butterfield and Nosy Crow keen to see authors and publishers collaborating more on book-apps.
Kate Wilson: "We'd love to find authors who are interested in working on apps," writes Wilson. "But writing a highly interactive, multimedia children's app that is a satisfying reading experience is not the same as writing a picture book."
She outlines several reasons: apps are more collaborative processes than printed books – "more, perhaps, like writing a film-script than writing a book" – and may require authors to be thinking more about what goes into animation and coding. They're non-linear experiences too, where the linear narrative sits alongside interactive elements.
"Apps are new, and they're developing fast. I think that authors who are interested in writing in this space need to keep up with developments, immerse themselves in this world and get to know the best of the apps that are out there, and, even better, spend time with children who are reading those apps to see how they use the screen and what they expect from it," writes Wilson.