Monthly Archives: April 2012

Transcript for the 4/29/12 #storyappchat: Julie Hedlund

Picture book author Julie Hedlund stopped by to guest host a very lively chat, and we discussed pricing, discoverability and (lack of) standards. Thanks to Julie for agreeing to hang out with us this week, and we appreciate seeing all the first-time chatters too!

Remember, we chat every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, and the next one will be May 6. Join us, wontcha?

Guest Host for the 4/29/12 #storyappchat: Julie Hedlund

Julie HedlundWe are very happy to announce our guest host for tomorrow night’s #storyappchat: Julie Hedlund! She’s a picture book author, member of SCBWI, a monthly contributor to author/illustrator Katie Davis’s Brain Burps About Books podcast, and founder/host of the 12 x 12 in 2012 picture book writing challenge.

Julie will be touching on the three big challenges everyone was talking about at the recent Bologna Children’s Book Fair: pricing, discoverability, and lack of standards. Join us for the chat tomorrow night April 29 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific.

P.S. Read more about Julie at her blog, and at her soon-to-be-launched website.

Transcript for the 4/22/12 #storyappchat

The topic for last night’s chat was “If You Could Say ONE Thing To That Aspiring Children’s App Creator…” and so much good advice was shared. Check out the transcript above for details, and remember to join us every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific.

Next week we will have a special guest host for you–stay tuned for details!

Transcript for the 4/15/12 #storyappchat: App Privacy

We enjoyed another evening full of informative discussion, this time about app privacy. David shared that many developers have started using a parental notification badge available here, and the Moms With Apps response to the FTC’s report on mobile apps for kids back in February was mentioned too.

Get all the details in the transcript above, and make plans to join us for the April 22 installation of #storyappchat: an open mic discussion around the topic “If You Could Say ONE Thing to That Aspiring Storybook App Creator…” Librarians, parents and teachers: this will be an excellent opportunity for you to weigh in, and devs, writers and illustrators: make sure you’re here to listen! We’ll kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, April 22. Pop in, won’t you?

Topic for the 4/15 #storyappchat: Privacy

#storyappchat topic badgeSeveral months ago, I noticed a strange tweet in my Twitter feed and feared my account had been hacked. Upon further scrutiny, I discovered that one of the apps my 5-year-old daughter had been playing with that morning sent the tweet on her behalf.

Guess which app got deleted?

This scenario only scratches the surface on the big issue of app privacy. We’re all concerned as consumers about the information our apps collect about us, and how that data can be used. As developers of software for kids, we should be very concerned about recent investigations by the FTC, and how we can be sensitive to this issue both to remain compliant with current and future laws, and more importantly, how to keep from annoying or harming our audience.

Let’s chat about privacy tomorrow night, April 15 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just use the #storyappchat hashtag, and join us on Twitter. We look forward to seeing you then!

Transcript for the 4/1/12 #storyappchat: Getting Your Storybook App Printed

In spite of several distractions from the television screen, we had a lively and informative discussion last night, all revolving around the different options available to those of us who are interested in getting our storybook apps printed.

Check out the transcript above for links to several POD services, and some tips to keep in mind when going to print.

NOTE: Next week we will suspend chat to celebrate the Easter holiday, but we’ll be back on April 15 at 9:00 p.m. EDT/6:00 p.m. PDT. Make plans to join us, OK?