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Guest Host for 12/4/11 #storyappchat: uTales!

uTales LogoWe’re very excited to have @uTales joining us for this Sunday’s #storyappchat as guest host. uTales is a picture book storefront that has over 150 stories, accessible either by web or mobile device app (iPhone, iPad and soon for Android). Register for a free account to preview the books, and find out more about creating your own stories for the uTales platform. The site provides tools for creating books with sound, animation and interactivity, and shares 60% of the earnings with the content creators.

Parents who want to share the books with their kids pay either a $9.99 monthly fee for unlimited access, or pay per book fees, usually between 3 and 5 bucks each.

uTales has a blog and a FAQ page to handle common questions, and they have a Facebook community page for authors/illustrators. Gather any additional questions you might have and join us for #storyappchat THIS Sunday (Dec. 4) at 9:00 p.m. EST. We look forward to seeing you there!

Transcript for 10/16/11 #storyappchat: Liz Castro

We were grateful to have @LizCastro serving as guest host for this mind-blowing, fantastic chat–full of pithy opinions, terrific information and timely, appropriate questions. If you didn’t get a chance to check out Liz’s site and blog earlier, now’s your chance. AND, Liz gave away a copy of her complete ePub creation suite–what a deal even at full price! Pore over the 25 pages in the transcript above if you don’t believe me–and remember to join us every Sunday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time for the next #storyappchat installment.

Speaking of the next installment, for the 10/23/11 #storyappchat we plan to cover the ins and outs of Social Media for Content Creators, a topic you won’t want to miss. Plus, we are planning to have a giveaway on a just-released storybook app–more details in a few days. See you there!

Special Guest Host for 10/16 #storyappchat: Liz Castro

Liz CastroWe’ve got someone special lined up for this week’s #storyappchat: tech writer and ePub expert Elizabeth Castro! She authored the book that taught me (and scores of others) HTML more than a decade ago, and her recent EPUB: Straight to the Point book is a godsend for designers and independent publishers tasked with creating ePub documents for the iBookstore and elsewhere. Read more about Liz at her site, blog and Amazon page. Here’s her Twitter profile too.

Of special interest to those of us who want to create electronic storybooks for kids is Liz’s recent ePub miniguide titled Read Aloud ePub for iBooks, which walks readers through the process of creating narrated books for the iBookstore, complete with word highlighting. As far as I know, this book is the only resource of its kind now available.

Bring your questions, comments and good humor for Liz. We will kick things off at 9:00 p.m. EDT this Sunday night–just use the Twitter hashtag #storyappchat to participate.

P.S. First-timer? No worries. Just check out this fantastic Twitter chat cheat sheet by Debbie Ohi–it’s a piece of cake!