Monthly Archives: October 2011

Transcript for the 10/30/11 #storyappchat: Kindle Fire

The topic for the 10/30/11 pre-Halloween installment of #storyappchat focused on Amazon’s not-yet-released Kindle Fire tablet, and the speculation, questions and wish list items flew by fast and furiously! See what you missed by checking out the transcript above, and plan to join us each and every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern to chat about storybook apps and ebooks for kids!

Topic for 10/30/11 #storyappchat: The Kindle Fire!

Kindle FireAmazon releases the Kindle Fire on November 15–and will most likely disrupt the iPad’s dominance in the tablet computer category.

For creators of children’s interactive ebooks and apps, this promises to be an important new platform. Built on Kindle Format 8 (which replaces Mobi 7) and including HTML5 support, this platform will allow content creators fixed layouts, embedded fonts, scalable vector graphics and many other CSS3 commands (full list available here).

Here’s a related article from The Future Book, a British blog about ebooks and the future of reading.

Let’s discuss what this may mean for those of us who create storybook apps and ebooks during this week’s #storyappchat: TOMORROW night (10/30/11) at 9:00 p.m. ET. Are you as pumped up as I am?

Transcript for the 10/23/11 #storyappchat: Social Media

Lots of fantastic advice was shared during this discussion of social media best practices, tips and tricks. Here’s  a summary of the Social Media Golden Rules we agreed upon during the chat:

1) Be yourself: authentic, genuine and willing to help others out. In other words, your social media presence should be an extension of your true self.

2) Maintain balance. Don’t join all the social media networks and post duplicate content on each. Each social media network has its own advantages and disadvantages, and is therefore suited to sharing some content over others.

3) From @LizCastro: Give back more than you ask for. Help others out as often as possible–don’t make it all about you.

4) Provide real value for your readers/followers. Don’t use the social media tools just for repeating your self-promotion message over and over.

5) Be consistent with your message and target it to your desired audience. Craft content that continues to be useful for your tribe.

6) Let others spread your self-promo message for you! Somehow praise seems a lot more genuine coming from someone other than yourself.

Did we leave out other tips? Let us know in the comments. And remember to join us next and every Sunday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, when we’ll do it all again!

Topic for 10/23/11 #storyappchat: Social Media

Social MediaJust as the worlds of book publishing and app development are changing rapidly, so too is the crowded social media space. Going far beyond simple sharing, the available tools can be used to do a very effective job of making sure your audience knows about your latest release. But each one has so many bells and whistles, it can be like learning a new language. Facebook or Google+? Twitter or Tumblr? Blogger or WordPress? What is the best way to post a video? Are keywords really important when sharing? And how best to measure effectiveness?

Join us this Sunday, October 23 for a thorough discussion of social media tips, tricks and best practices. Share your experiences, frustrations and triumphs with social media. It all starts at 9:00 p.m. EDT, and we’ll see YOU there–just use the #storyappchat hashtag to participate!

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Transcript for 10/16/11 #storyappchat: Liz Castro

We were grateful to have @LizCastro serving as guest host for this mind-blowing, fantastic chat–full of pithy opinions, terrific information and timely, appropriate questions. If you didn’t get a chance to check out Liz’s site and blog earlier, now’s your chance. AND, Liz gave away a copy of her complete ePub creation suite–what a deal even at full price! Pore over the 25 pages in the transcript above if you don’t believe me–and remember to join us every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time for the next #storyappchat installment.

Speaking of the next installment, for the 10/23/11 #storyappchat we plan to cover the ins and outs of Social Media for Content Creators, a topic you won’t want to miss. Plus, we are planning to have a giveaway on a just-released storybook app–more details in a few days. See you there!

Special Guest Host for 10/16 #storyappchat: Liz Castro

Liz CastroWe’ve got someone special lined up for this week’s #storyappchat: tech writer and ePub expert Elizabeth Castro! She authored the book that taught me (and scores of others) HTML more than a decade ago, and her recent EPUB: Straight to the Point book is a godsend for designers and independent publishers tasked with creating ePub documents for the iBookstore and elsewhere. Read more about Liz at her site, blog and Amazon page. Here’s her Twitter profile too.

Of special interest to those of us who want to create electronic storybooks for kids is Liz’s recent ePub miniguide titled Read Aloud ePub for iBooks, which walks readers through the process of creating narrated books for the iBookstore, complete with word highlighting. As far as I know, this book is the only resource of its kind now available.

Bring your questions, comments and good humor for Liz. We will kick things off at 9:00 p.m. EDT this Sunday night–just use the Twitter hashtag #storyappchat to participate.

P.S. First-timer? No worries. Just check out this fantastic Twitter chat cheat sheet by Debbie Ohi–it’s a piece of cake!

Transcript for 10/9/11 #storyappchat: Formats

We enjoyed an informative and insightful discussion about the available electronic picture book formats during the October 9 edition of our weekly #storyappchat. Here’s a peek into what was shared last night:

@LoreenLeedy: I want to make an ebook for Kindle, but image limitations are a problem: low res, no full bleed art (white borders on page)

@DavidBFox: Has anyone read Daniel Donahoo’s article, http://t.co/CYVMwgqj

@DavidBFox: Rather than focusing on flashier animation, focus on stronger stories/characters, and those that make a difference for kids

@BryonECarson: My feeling is that we need to lose the idea of the traditional book & think of these as entities unto themselves.

@ddonahoo: Hey folks. Gotta run-good to read your POV. Biggest issue I see – not enough editing taking – make that story awesome

For more, check out the 20-page transcript above, and make plans to join us EVERY Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time!