I remember reading ‘Goodnight Moon‘ and touching each piece of furniture and bending my neck a bit to try and find the cute little bunny hidden in the drawings. That was about as interactive as reading got in the 1980s. It’s only been over the past year or so that children’s books (and other books) have started to take huge steps forward thanks, of course, to the iPad and other tablets.
Leading the charge into the next generation of interactive book design is Robin Mitchell-Cranfield, of Vancouver Film School. I had the pleasure of attending Robin’s presentation at Adobe MAX Education Summit as well as speaking with her a bit later at Adobe MAX where she shed some light on what she’s working on, why she thinks books could forever change and why tablets have been the impetus for her to get so excited about the future of digital publishing.