Transmediakids.com, run by Cynthia Jabbar, is an excellent resource for anybody interested in seeing how creativity and innovation across non-traditional publishing platforms can still lead to inspiring content for children. In this post, she summarizes her notes from the Launch Kids sessions at the recently held 2014 Digital Book World Conference. With related articles and presentations by industry insiders this is a great overview of where digital content for children stands, and what content creators for it should be aware of.
Flickerlab has been committed to making interactive, digital children's books & now it will partner with Speakaboos who have an extensive distribution platform for children's ebooks via their award-winning subscription based service. Bringing together a technology and production company with a strong distribution network sounds like a winning combination to me.
“We wanted to break the linear format of traditional storytelling and create an app where kids were both taken in an ever-changing visual journey and in control of the narration,” explains Luca Prasso, CEO of Curious Hat, the makers behind InfiniScroll and other kid-themed apps.
The Picture Book Lab's insight:
The most engaging aspect about this app for me is that it's not built solely on the choose-your-own-adventure format, but also makes room for a construct-your-own tale approach. It's less passive and gives the reader a more active role in the creation of the story. The drawings look simple an un-fussy, but still have distinct style and character. It's heartening to see developerschoosing to focus on how the story is told rather than over-populating it with graphics and animation.
"As a children’s picture book publisher or author, it can be a challenging decision whether to turn your book into a Book App or an eBook. We offer you the following infographic as a starting point towards making an informed decision."
If you're struggling with trying to decide what format to convert your picture book into, this extremely useful infographic will help you make a more informed decision. It clearly lays out the benefits, drawbacks and possibilities of creating apps and eBooks.
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