Monthly Archives: May 2012

Guest Host for the 6/3/12 #storyappchat: Omer from Touchoo

We welcome a special guest host for this Sunday’s #storyappchat: Omer Ginor from Touchoo. These guys are putting together a new tool for writer/illustrator teams to use to create interactive storybook apps. The video above shows how easy it is to import and place art, text, and audio files—and then create a page action (in this case, a short animation will play after the child taps the screen).

Touchoo has several story apps in the app store already–I myself have reviewed One Little Boy and Benny the Cat and found them to be some of my very favorites (especially for younger kids). So I naturally have several questions for Omer about their new Touchoo Creator, which looks promising. I bet you do too. Let’s gather Sunday night (June 3) at 9:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time (6:00 p.m. Pacific) and welcome Omer to #storyappchat. He’ll be answering our questions and telling us all about Touchoo Creator, including the associated Kickstarter project. See you there!

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Transcript for the 5/27/12 #storyappchat: David vs. Goliath

Lots of good discussion during last night’s #storyappchat, when we talked about the challenges in trying to compete with the big brands of the children’s book world. We had lots of different perspectives taking part, from content creators to teachers to app reviewers.

Remember, we gather every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern time/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Join us next Sunday (June 3), when we’ll be welcoming Omer Ginor from Touchoo–the company has a new self-publishing tool for children’s book apps we are very excited to hear about!

Topic for the 5/27/12 #storyappchat: David vs. Goliath

#storyappchat topic badgeOne theme we thoroughly explored in last week’s anniversary chat is that the app market has definitely exploded over the last year. And it’s not just independents and small publishers getting into the act–big brands with decades-old characters are establishing electronic book presences.

What does this mean for the little guys (us)? Is it possible to compete with Barbie, Dora and Lightning McQueen? How do we let parents know about our original but unfamiliar characters and stories?

We’ll explore this issue in this Sunday’s #storyappchat. Plan to stop by at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific–just use the #storyappchat hashtag to join in!

Transcript for the First Anniversary Edition of #storyappchat

Our regular transcript service was/is down right now, so this transcript comes to you courtesy of David Fox (thanks, David!). We celebrated our first anniversary in last night’s chat, and it’s all captured here for your enjoyment.

I can hardly believe it’s been a whole year of #storyappchat fun, and it is quite amazing how the app marketplace has evolved and shifted over just twelve months. If you’ve been coming to the chat and/or checking the transcripts, you’ve stayed on top of it right along with us. What a wild ride!

Remember: we get together on Twitter every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific time. Plan to make #storyappchat a regular part of your app development time in the coming year!

Topic for the 5/20/12 #storyappchat: First Anniversary!

#storyappchat First AnniversaryTalk about how time flies. Did you know we held our very first chat on the evening of May 22, 2011? So it’s been a year here at #storyappchat: let’s celebrate! Join us for this Sunday’s chat and we’ll talk about how the app market has changed/evolved/exploded over the past year, and how it affects those of us concentrating on storybook apps for kids. Bring your success stories, the bumps in the road you got past, and your hopes for the year to come.

Ice cream and cake will be served (virtually), so stop by this Sunday, May 20 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific for all the fun!

Transcript for the 5/13/12 #storyappchat: Mommy Bloggers

Awesome chat last night, with several content creators (and a few bloggers) sharing success stories, tips and other advice. Many of us commented on how quickly the app market is changing, and how it affects those of us who are focusing on story apps for kids.

Stay tuned for an announcement on next week’s topic, and in the meantime, plan to join us every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific time!

Special Mother’s Day #storyappchat: The Role of ‘Mommy Bloggers’

#storyappchat topic badgeSunday’s family-friendly #storyappchat will be all about ‘mommy bloggers’ and their importance in getting the word out about your storybook app. Are mompreneurs the key to the PR plan for your digital children’s book? Of course, the ‘daddy bloggers’ are welcome to join us too, as is anyone interested in the world of children’s story apps and ebooks.

We will kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific time on Sunday night, May 13. Don’t miss it!

Is this your first Twitter chat? No sweat. Get handy tips for taking part in a Twitter chat from Debbie Ohi–she’s put together a fabulous Twitter party cheat sheet to guide you. We look forward to seeing you!