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Transcript for the 8/03/14 #storyappchat

Here is the transcript for the August 4, 2014 edition of #storyappchat, our weekly Twitter get-together where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonight we talked about “Expecting the Unexpected – Software Bugs, Timelines & Other Surprises in App Development.” Join us every Sunday evening at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT!

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Transcript for the 7/27/14 #storyappchat

Here is the transcript for the July 27, 2014 edition of #storyappchat, our weekly Twitter get-together where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonight we talked about “#WeNeedDiverseBooks – Role of Digital in Supporting Diverse Cultural Stories & Representations — Can eBooks, apps & self-publishing help with the movement to make children’s book publishing more diverse & multi-cultural?” Join us every Sunday evening at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT!

Transcript for the 7/20/14 #storyappchat

Here is the transcript for the July 20, 2014 edition of #storyappchat, our weekly Twitter get-together where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonight we talked about “Going beyond the app. Ideas for using to get kids excited about the off-line world!” Join us every Sunday evening at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT!

Topic for the 8/11/13 #storyappchat: Measuring the Marketplace

Kindle + Apple + B&N + ??? = 100% (+ or – 50%)

Kindle + Apple + B&N + ??? = 100% (+ or – 50%) (via Digital Media Diet)

This week we’ll be discussing how to measure the marketplace for children’s illustrated digital ebooks and apps. How many book apps are on the market for kids across all formats? What’s the average price, median price, typical sales? How many digital books have been downloaded for the iPad since 2010?

These seem like simple questions, and on the surface they are very basic questions that almost everyone asks when they enter the kid’s digital publishing industry. The part that isn’t simple is the answer. One of our hosts, Carisa Kluver (@iPad_Storytime) has just published this blog post in The Digital Media Diet about the dilemma intrinsic to evaluating the story app market in particular:

Illustrating in the Dark: Why Dick & Jane Can’t Count (A Publishing Mystery)

Other recent discussions within the publishing industry include:

Let’s talk about what we know about the market from our own experiences, stories from other content creators and how to make sense of the limited data available when making future plans for publishing projects.

So join us this Sunday, August 11th, at 9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific. Just start including the #storyappchat Twitter hashtag to participate, or try using our new #TWUBS account, twubs.com/storyappchat. And follow @storyappchat for resources, transcripts and updates! Follow us on Facebook too.

We’ll see you there!

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Transcript for Mickey Mantle’s #storyappchat, 08/04/13

Transcript for the August 4, 2013 #storyappchat, a weekly Twitter gathering where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Guest host Mickey Mantle, founder/CEO of Wanderful interactive books, re-releasing Living Books. More info at WanderfulStoryBooks.com

Find Wanderful’s titles in the iTunes App Store here with a free sampler here.

Check out Wanderful’s YouTube channel here

Guest Host for the 8/4/13 #storyappchat: Mickey Mantle—Launching Wanderful Interactive Storybooks

First Living Books, now Wanderful Interactive Storybooks

First Living Books, now Wanderful Interactive Storybooks

Do you remember Brøderbund’s Living Books series from the 1990s? We sure do as they were one of the first attempts to do interactive storybooks on the “new” CD-ROMs. They set the standard, introducing innovations we all expect in storybook apps: read aloud with text highlighting, touch a word to hear it read again, touch objects on the page to see them animate (with 10-20 interactions per page, sometimes with multiple random animations for each hotspot), great art, sound effects, and high production values (thanks in large part to Living Books creator, Mark Schlichting).

Mickey Mantle, Founder, President and CEO of Wanderful interactive storybooks

Mickey Mantle, Founder, President and CEO of Wanderful interactive storybooks

We’re very excited to have Mickey Mantle as our guest host this Sunday, August 4th. Mickey was the VP Engineering/CTO at Brøderbund during the Living Books years, and  has recently launched Wanderful Interactive Storybooks to re-release many of the original Living Books titles for iOS, Android, and Mac featuring The Berenstain Bears, Marc Brown’s Arthur, Mercer Mayer’s Little Monster, Eli Noyes’ Ruff’s Bone (previous #storyappchat guest host) and more.

Mickey will be talking about the “journey” behind launching Wanderful. There is a lot more than meets the eye…though they’ve posted some of the backstory of the “journey” on their website, there’s much more to hear.

So join us this Sunday, August 4th, at 9:00 pm Eastern/6:00 pm Pacific. Just start including the #storyappchat Twitter hashtag to participate, or try using our new #TWUBS account, twubs.com/storyappchat. And follow @storyappchat for resources, transcripts and updates! Follow us on Facebook too. We’ll see you there.

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Transcript for the 7/28/13 #storyappchat: Story Interactivity with Andrea Phillips

Here’s the transcript for the July 28, 2013 #storyappchat, a weekly Twitter gathering where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Guest host author Andrea Phillips (@andrhia) talks about Story Interaction and Transmedia. More about Andrea at deusexmachinatio.com/about-me

AND the first episode of Andrea’s Book of Secrets (The Daring Adventures of Captain Lucy Smokeheart) will be 100% free for two days starting tomorrow, July 29-30, 2013! Download the Kindle edition for free!