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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

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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!

Guest Host for the 7/28/13 #storyappchat: Andrea Phillips, on Story Interaction

Andrea Phillips, award-winning transmedia writer

Andrea Phillips, award-winning transmedia writer

We’re excited to have author Andrea Phillips as our guest host this week. Andrea is an award-winning transmedia writer, game designer and author. Her book, A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling, is published by McGraw-Hill. We’ll explore different kinds of interaction, “particularly the kind that makes the reader feel like they’ve stumbled into a piece of the story themselves. It’s a really wonderful, magical feeling. On a simple level it can be done with letters and photographs from characters in the story, but it could also be creating ways to ex. send email to a character in the story and have them email you back.”

Andrea’s work includes includes a variety of educational and commercial projects, including Floating City with Thomas Dolby, The Maester’s Path for HBO’s Game of Thrones with Campfire Media, The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Funtime Hour Quest with Stitch Media, America 2049 with human rights nonprofit Breakthrough, Routes Game for Channel 4 Education, the independent commercial ARG Perplex City, and The 2012 Experience for Sony Pictures.

Help us welcome Andrea to #storyappchat this Sunday, July 28, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start including the #storyappchat 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.