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

Last night we had an unofficial guest host: Jory from studio.jory.org, an award-winning sound studio, was on hand to answer questions about audio for interactive media. And the chat was fantastic–see for yourself in the transcript above.

Please note: we’re taking next Sunday off for Father’s Day, but will be back on June 23 at the regular time (9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific), so make plans to be on hand then, OK?

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!

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!

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

Music In BooksBack in the olden days of, say, about five years ago, the idea of music in a book mainly consisted of board books with oversized sound chip buttons for toddlers, interactive stories on CD-ROM and proprietary systems like LeapPad products. But things have changed, haven’t they? Nowadays storybook apps and even ebooks can be greatly enhanced with the right soundtrack.

A good example of this is the brand-new storybook People Are Like Lollipops by Annie Fox. The music chosen for the read-aloud iBook version is both appropriate (Far East music to go with the wise shaman in the story) and unobtrusive, so it doesn’t detract from the book’s message. Nicely done!

How did you choose music for your electronic story? If you decided to leave it out, why? Let’s talk about the use of music in interactive storybook apps and ebooks during the next #storyappchat on Sunday, February 17 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Bring along your favorite resources for royalty-free tracks, high-quality composers for custom work, and everything in between!

Topic for the 10/21/12 #storyappchat: Animations and Interactivity

#storyappchat topic badgeWhy turn a kid’s book into an app? There seem to be a lot of people asking this question, and for good reason. After all, print books are wonderful in and of themselves. Why create book apps at all?

Obviously those of us here at #storyappchat have strong opinions on this, mostly in favor of creating for tablet and mobile devices. But I believe the following question should be asked at the beginning of the creation (writing, illustrating, designing, coding) process: Can this story best be told in app form? And if so, what interactive features should be included in order to enhance/uplift/further the story? Here’s a good post which talks a bit about how the process of creating an app is different from creating a print book–from the ground up.

We’ve all seen book apps that feature an already-beloved print book with some extra animations, sounds and/or puzzles included, in now familiar, expected and distracting ways. I wonder if the app-buying public isn’t already a little tired of this approach. App publishers seem to be listening, too, based on the new features added to several of the Oceanhouse Media titles.

What are those features that really belong in a storybook app–those features that engage, surprise and delight children (and parents), instead of just existing as an excuse to crank out yet another story in app form?

Let’s discuss, debate and hash out this issue during the next #storyappchat on Sunday, October 21 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start using the #storyappchat hashtag in your tweets around then to join us!

Transcript for 2/5/12 #storyappchat: Standards

We shared opinions on standards during the February 5 #storyappchat–in other words, the features/controls that ought to be present in all storybook apps. In spite of the simultaneous drama on the football field, this chat was very well attended and LOTS of good opinions and information was passed around.

Enjoy the 24-page transcript, and make plans to join us NEXT Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time for the next installment of #storyappchat!

Topic for 12/11/11 #storyappchat: App Trailers

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App trailers (short videos about your app, designed to generate interest and excitement) are becoming a very important part of the marketing phase of app development. In fact, many app review sites are now making an app trailer a required part of the review.

But how easy are they to create? Is it necessary to contract with a big-budget media group to produce one, or can you spend a few hours with iMovie (like I did) and put one together at almost no cost?

Let’s talk about app trailers at the next installment of #storyappchat THIS Sunday (December 11), at 9:00 p.m. EST. Bring links of your favorite app video trailers, including your own (if you have one). Let’s share the elements that go into a good app trailer, and how they can be used to promote a storybook app. Be prepared to ask and answer questions, and in the meantime, check out these book and app trailers below!

A Present for Milo by Ruckus Media Group

Tracks in the Sand by Loreen Leedy


Peterkin Meets a Star by PicPocket Books

JibJab Jr.

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

Bartleby’s Book of Buttons by Monster Costume

Cinderella by Nosy Crow Apps