Tag Archives: ePub

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!

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Transcript for the 3/31/13 #storyappchat: Ron Martinez

Illuminating chat last night, not just about the capabilities of Aerbook, but also about the current state of children’s app/ebook publishing in general, and where we might be headed. Huge thanks to @RonMartinez [Aerbook’s founder] for helming our discussion–I think Aerbook is definitely a platform to keep an eye on over the next several months.

Remember, we hold our little roundtable every Sunday evening at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific, so clear some space in your calendar for the next chat, OK?

Transcript for the 2/17/13 #storyappchat: Music

Last night’s #storyappchat was full of tips on how to find music for your storybook app–attendees shared their favorite resources and everyone seemed to agree that music should not be added to any app unless the ability to adjust volume and mute tunes and sound effects is provided. After all, nobody wants music to interfere with the story, right?

Details provided in the transcript above for those of you who weren’t able to join us. PLEASE NOTE: we’ll be taking next Sunday off due to the Academy Awards, but will be back in full force on March 3, when we’ll talk about taking advantage of social media beyond Facebook and Twitter. Make plans to pop in, and in the meantime, enjoy the break!

Transcript for the 1/27/13 #storyappchat: the iBookstore

Judging by the high-quality chatter we enjoyed last night, many of us see the iBookstore as a viable option for producing interactive books for kids. Be sure to study the transcript above for links and other valuable industry information from @LizCastro, @RonMartinez, @DrawBeard and @TheiPodTeacher. A lot of people who joined us last night had nice things to say about Book Creator, a WYSIWYG (graphically-based) ePub editor which makes it easy to create files for the iBookstore.

Remember, we convene every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific to talk about creating storybook apps and ebooks for kids. Join us next and every week, OK?

Topic for the 1/27/13 #storyappchat: the iBookstore

Apple's iBook AppWhile it’s true we’ve done chats before on the topic of the iBookstore, we thought it made sense to revisit it, given the rise of one-stop DIY tools like Book Creator and excellent technical resources like the tutorials and how-to books from Liz Castro. With a little bit of help and an entrepreneurial spirit, anyone can create robust and very app-like titles for Apple’s iBookstore.

Of course, others are using Apple’s free iBooks Author tool to create content, and that’s pretty exciting too.

So: let’s talk about it this Sunday (January 27) at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start using the #storyappchat hashtag on Twitter about that time, and we will look for you then!

Transcript for the 2/19/12 #storyappchat: Illustrator Extravaganza

We enjoyed a colorful, well-rendered discussion with spot-on composition and whimsical touches for this illustrator-focused edition of #storyappchat. Several very talented people stopped by to share portfolio links, ask questions and share wisdom. In addition, we were delighted to welcome the folks from KeeKee’s Big Adventure, who announced an illustrator contest! Great news, eh?

If you missed this fabulous chat, enjoy the transcript above with our compliments, and make plans to join us for next week’s #storyappchat, when we’ll have Sean Smith from Persian Cat Press as guest host. Their first storybook app is called The Gift and is available now from iTunes–check it out!

Transcript for 1/29/12 #storyappchat: iBooks Author

Very interesting chat tonight with lots of good opinions shared. We were lucky to have ePub expert @LizCastro stop by to weigh in on this topic–she’s written a recent blog post about iBooks Author, and had some opinions to share with us too. Here’s a sampling of the discussion:

@lizcastro: First important failing of iBooks Author are that it does not create ebooks in standard EPUB format.

@artsylliu: It’s really hard to find kids’ books in the store. It only features 41 PBs. Otherwise you have to search by name.

@PolkStreetPress: Me too! RT @brooks_jones: I wanted to dwnload the free Life on Earth iBook but it took so long I gave up!

@DavidBFox: You can’t gift an iBook at all, not even in the same country!

@DavidBFox: There are hundreds or thousands of PBs – just no way to list them (except a few dozen from the big publishers)

@lizcastro: I fault Apple for not following standards because they promised with iBooks launch that it supported EPUB

There’s much more in the transcript above, 22 pages of it! Check it out, and weigh in yourself in the comment section below, or using the #storyappchat hashtag during the week. Remember, we chat every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time–don’t miss it!