Monthly Archives: December 2011

Transcript for 12/18/11 #storyappchat: Holiday Apps

We had a ‘cozy little chat’ last night, with the topic centered loosely on holiday-themed apps. And one present that came early: the transcript service I’ve been using was back online, so I have a clean, easy-to-read transcript file for your enjoyment above.

NOTE: We will be on winter break from now until January 8, when we’ll have Lynley Stace with us to talk about creating her new story app The Artifacts. Have  a wonderful holiday and we’ll see you in 2012!

Transcript for the 12/11/11 #storyappchat: App Trailers

My sincere apologies for the horrible formatting, backwards sorting and bloated file size of last night’s transcript–the service I normally use for transcripts was DOWN last night and today, and I had to make do with copying and pasting from the standard Twitter window. YUCK. If anyone knows about any elegant and free Twitter chat transcript services (besides the broken Tweet Reports, grrrr!) please let me know.

Inferior transcript aside, the chat last night was fantastic! There are so many exciting things going on in the world of storybook apps, and lots of wonderful app trailers being created.

Next Sunday (December 18) we will be talking about creating special holiday-themed books, and debating if these are worth the development cost. Don’t miss it–we will kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern (6:00 p.m. PST)!

NOTE: Due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, we will be taking the dates of 12/25 and 1/1/12 off. The first chat of 2012 will be the 1/8 chat, when we’ll have Lynley Stace [@lynleystace] with us as guest host to talk about her brand-new storybook app ‘The Artifacts‘!

Topic for 12/11/11 #storyappchat: App Trailers

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App trailers (short videos about your app, designed to generate interest and excitement) are becoming a very important part of the marketing phase of app development. In fact, many app review sites are now making an app trailer a required part of the review.

But how easy are they to create? Is it necessary to contract with a big-budget media group to produce one, or can you spend a few hours with iMovie (like I did) and put one together at almost no cost?

Let’s talk about app trailers at the next installment of #storyappchat THIS Sunday (December 11), at 9:00 p.m. EST. Bring links of your favorite app video trailers, including your own (if you have one). Let’s share the elements that go into a good app trailer, and how they can be used to promote a storybook app. Be prepared to ask and answer questions, and in the meantime, check out these book and app trailers below!

A Present for Milo by Ruckus Media Group

Tracks in the Sand by Loreen Leedy


Peterkin Meets a Star by PicPocket Books

JibJab Jr.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Bartleby’s Book of Buttons by Monster Costume

Cinderella by Nosy Crow Apps

Transcript for the 12/4/11 #storyappchat: uTales

We enjoyed a lively and informative chat, helmed by Nils von Heijne of @uTales. Thanks so much, Nils! Don’t forget: these guys have a terrific site full of picture books and browser-based tools for creating them–and a collaborations group on Facebook for connecting authors and illustrators.

Get all the deets from the transcript above, and make plans to join us for the next #storyappchat on Sunday evening, December 11 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern!

Guest Host for 12/4/11 #storyappchat: uTales!

uTales LogoWe’re very excited to have @uTales joining us for this Sunday’s #storyappchat as guest host. uTales is a picture book storefront that has over 150 stories, accessible either by web or mobile device app (iPhone, iPad and soon for Android). Register for a free account to preview the books, and find out more about creating your own stories for the uTales platform. The site provides tools for creating books with sound, animation and interactivity, and shares 60% of the earnings with the content creators.

Parents who want to share the books with their kids pay either a $9.99 monthly fee for unlimited access, or pay per book fees, usually between 3 and 5 bucks each.

uTales has a blog and a FAQ page to handle common questions, and they have a Facebook community page for authors/illustrators. Gather any additional questions you might have and join us for #storyappchat THIS Sunday (Dec. 4) at 9:00 p.m. EST. We look forward to seeing you there!