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Transcript for the 7/8/12 #storyappchat: Bookstore Apps

Like most of our chats, this one was lively and interesting, but especially so because of @Julia_Brannon and @JumbleBugs, who have unique perspectives on our topic of the evening. We discussed the pros and cons of both realizing your story in standalone app form, and as part of one of the bookstore apps. We agreed that from a marketing perspective, being part of an already-established group of quality books can be a real asset, so you wouldn’t have to go it completely alone when trying to build an audience for your storybook app. The Jumble Bugs folks have the unique position of both releasing their new story as a standalone app, and as part of the new bookstore app @Demibooks is putting out.

We’ve asked if @JumbleBugs can come back in the fall to guest host a chat for us, and @Julia_Brannon will guest host the next #storyappchat on July 15, with a focus on marketing for storybook apps. Don’t miss it—the fun will start at 6:00 p.m. Pacific/9:00 p.m. Eastern!

Topic for the 7/8/12 #storyappchat: Bookstore Apps vs. Standalone Story Apps

#storyappchat topic badgeIn this brave new world of publishing and creativity, there are an ever-increasing number of options for getting your work in front of a larger audience. Here at #storyappchat we do a lot of talking about getting a story idea made into an app or ebook, but there are other choices to consider as well. For instance, the App Store has a number of bookshelf apps that accept submissions. A few of these include:


Demibooks Storytime

Interactive Touch Books

PlayTales (formerly TouchyBooks)


Ruckus Reader

Okenko Books


As far as I know, all these storefront apps are accepting submissions of your next great storybook idea. Each company has their own revenue share system, and there are some definite advantages to working with them—your story might reach more readers if there’s an established company (with an already-downloaded app) behind it. But if you’ve got your heart set on your own app icon, leading to your story and nothing else, this may not be the option for you.

Let’s get together this Sunday, July 8 to discuss the pros and cons of both bookstore apps and standalone story apps. We’ll kick things off at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific time–so make plans to stop by!