In 2003, writer and Austinite Lindsey Lane and illustrator Melissa Iwai published an adorable children's book called "Snuggle Mountain."
This year, the story had a digital comeback. It was released as an app for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch devices in May. Lane, who got the rights for the book back from the original publisher and began working on the app late last year, says that at first there was a lot of soul searching and research to find the right app developer and to determine what interactive elements (Games? Animations? Sound effects) should be included.
But once PicPocket Books was brought on as a developer to work with Lane and Iwai, the app was created "in an outrageously short period of time compared to traditional publishing," Lane said. "It was very effortless, largely because the book was done. We just added to it."
The app has put a little money in the bank, she says, and has her thinking about new digital projects. "It astounds me the possibilities of what you could do with a story and touching the screen, opening up different worlds for kids," Lane said.