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Transcript for the 6/22/14 #storyappchat

Transcript for the 6/22/14 #storyappchat

Transcript for the June 22, 2014 edition of #storyappchat, our weekly Twitter gathering where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonight David Fox recapped the 2014 Dust or Magic App Camp for us. Join us every Sunday night at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT!

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Transcript for the February 23 #storyappchat

Transcript for the February 23 #storyappchat

Transcript for the February 23, 2014 edition of #storyappchat, our weekly Twitter event where we talk about all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonite’s topic was: Confronting Anti-Digital Biases. Remember to join us every Sunday night at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT.

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Transcript for the 11/24/13 #storyappchat

Transcript for the 11/24/13 #storyappchat

Transcript for the November 24, 2013 #storyappchat, a weekly Twitter chat where we discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonight’s topic was centered around the gamification of story apps.

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Transcript for the November 3, 2013 #storyappchat

Transcript for the November 3, 2013 #storyappchat

Transcript for the November 3, 2013 #storyappchat, a weekly Twitter party where we gather to discuss all things related to creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Tonight’s chat was about the new iPads just released by Apple. Join us every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific.

Welcome to #storyappchat!

What was #storyappchat? It was a weekly Twitter meeting for those of us interested in creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. We talked about all aspects of the business, from the latest software tools to avoiding burnout. Most of our weekly visitors identified themselves as:

  • Authors
  • Illustrators
  • Software Developers
  • Librarians
  • Educators
  • Consultants
  • App Reviewers
  • Parents

…but if you don’t fit into any of these categories, don’t worry. We’re happy to have you join us if you are interested in a behind-the-scenes look at children’s storybook apps/ebooks.

The weekly chats are no more, but people still use the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter to share news, information and to ask questions. Keep an eye on us!

We post topics on our Facebook page and on Twitter, so be sure to Like and Follow us there. After our chats, we generated a transcript so even if you missed the live discussion, you could benefit from the wisdom of the attendees.

Scroll down for transcripts from every #storyappchat session held since 2011.

Topic for the 7/7/13 #storyappchat: Selling in Other Countries

#storyappchat topic badgeI admit with some embarrassment that #storyappchat is somewhat USA-centric. Since all of us involved with keeping the chat and blog going are here in the States, it’s easy to forget that there is a lot of exciting mobile development (and great stories being written and illustrated) in other parts of the world. I’d like to be more clued in to what’s going on internationally.

In addition, there are real and potential sales from mobile customers in other countries, and both Apple and Amazon make it pretty easy to start selling internationally. But what are the things to watch out for when making apps and ebooks available worldwide? Should our content be translated? What are the best ways to reach customers who don’t speak English?

Let’s discuss the realities, both positive and negative, of selling storybook apps in other countries during the next #storyappchat. We’ll kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific on Sunday, July 7.

Topic for the 6/9/13 #storyappchat: Sound Resources

Music In BooksOne of the big advantages of creating stories in app or ebook format is the ability to include sound effects and music. When implemented thoughtfully, these can really help move a story along and add to a reader’s understanding of what they’re reading. But where can a content creator on a budget (and all of us are on a budget, right?) find high-quality but inexpensive sound files and resources?

Because I’m an eMusic member, I sometimes get sounds and music files from their royalty-free music and sound effect libraries, although their interface is designed for songs and it can sometimes be time-consuming searching their offerings for an obscure sound effect. I notice that iStockphoto, one of the best-known sites for very inexpensive photos and illustrations, also offers audio files now, although I have not yet used this service.

Are there resources for music and sound effects that you’ve found useful in your projects? Or are you looking for places to go to locate audio files without breaking the bank? Let’s share our favorite sound resources during the next #storyappchat, set for this Sunday (June 9) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start including the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter at that time to join us!