We are excited to announce our newest releases in Storytime, A Hockey levitra side effects Story coming out today, and A Football Story coming next week. The books are from a series published in print by Kane Miller Books, depicting a boy’s first day of practice on his new sports team. Each book buy viagra online focuses on a different sport, with a main character who overcomes his fears by learning how to be a team player and making new friends. A Hockey Story, written and illustrated by Richard Torrey is about Joey’s first day as a hockey player. The book starts out by describing his initial nerves before he gets on the ice. As the story progresses, Joey meets new friends, learns how to pass, and scores his first goal. The interactive elements in this app really help bring it to life. Sports fans of all ages can enjoy touching and swiping to activate animations and voice bubbles for characters on each page. A Football Story is very similar, also written and illustrated by Richard Torrey, but is all about football. This time it is Drew who is joining a new team and has to overcome his initial fears. buy cialis He learns how to catch, block, and tackle, and at levitra vs viagra the end of the story Drew is the one teaching his dad how to hold the ball. Both books were composited by Karen Hart cialis dosage for Demibooks Studio using Composer. A design challenge for Karen in this series was to incorporate both the main narrative voiceover and the speech bubbles of different character voices. Each character’s speech is activated by touching the star next to the speech bubbles – a visual clue for the reader, and a fun process of discovery. To see A Hockey Story click here, and look for A Football Story here next week!
Archive for month: February, 2013
Storytime 1.4 just went live in the App Store, and we have an exciting set of new book apps to announce!
First some housekeeping. We’re discontinuing support for Storytime 1.0 as of March 1st. If you are still on that version you will not be able to connect to the Store. Your purchased books will still show up when you upgrade of course. So please update now!
Storytime 1.4 has some specific improvements:
- Better handling of offline mode reading when you are not connected to the Internet
- Some performance updates such eg when closing a book after your’re done reading
- Particle effects! That’s right. Snow, smoke, explosions, fire, rain and all sorts of magical effects are now possible in new Storytime books!
You will enjoy two new releases in the store today. “A Troop is a Group of Monkeys” by our very own Stacey William-Ng’s new publishing startup, Little Bahalia Publishing. Written by Julie Hedlund and illustrated by Pamela Baron, Troop is a great way for ALL of us to learn the names of animal groups from a troop of monkeys to a surfeit of skunks! We love the Reading Strategies included in the app. Troop had an excellent debut in the App Store earlier this week, climbing to #59 on the paid iPad Books list.
We are also launching the first book app by another startup digital publisher, Purple Ely. Ever had trouble getting your kids to school? “Monster Morning” helps little ones “learn daily routines in an enchanting series of interactive scenes with delightful illustrations” according to Digitalstorytime.com. We have been reading some great third party reviews since it’s App Store launch last month, and you too will find this a really fun book app to read!
Read more about these books and watch the video previews in the Books section of our website. We love seeing the work new digital publishers like Stacey Williams and Franca Munoz are doing with the Demibooks Composer platform. They are helping change the game, one new publication at a time.
Watch out for additional titles on Storytime coming very soon!
We have some great new releases coming to Demibooks Storytime soon. Today, it’s a first look at “A Troop is a Group of Monkeys”, the first app release from Stacey WIlliams’ new publishing venture, Little Bahalia. Stacey is also Creative Director at Demibooks. Note: the app can also be downloaded from the App Store here.
By Stacey Williams, Publisher & Creative Director at Little Bahalia Publishing
There is currently a noisy debate in the digital book industry regarding enhanced ebooks versus apps, as though the packaging of the book were the most important thing. For our studio, we just want to create great storybooks, and keep the focus on the work of art that the author and illustrator (and in this case, the musician) have created. For now, the “digital market” for reaching kids is still the iPad, so therefore we developed “A Troop is a Group of Monkeys” for that format, using Demibooks Composer as a platform.
Composer is just such a fantastic tool for quick, design-centric development. All of the animations, interactive effects, links and physics effects were authored right there in Composer, and revisions were a snap because the whole thing is done directly on the iPad itself.
An aspect of the Composer platform that I think doesn’t get enough attention is the linear, page layout workbench. Because our publishing imprint is so focused on story quality, the page turn and the rhythm of it are of paramount importance in the design process. So by using Composer, we can quickly flip through pages to check and refine the design on the fly, with a view to “keeping the beat” of page rhythm tuned to perfection.
We were also super glad to find out our app was selected for Storytime, Demibooks’ curated marketplace for the best Composer apps. We are hopeful that this provides a new level of discoverability for our app, especially since we’re a still-new publishing imprint.
As for the debate about formats, my prediction is that more and more content for kids will slip over to the “app” side of things, rather than into the limited ePub standard. The future favors innovation, and for as long as there have been books, bookmakers have been wanting to push the limits as far as they will go. We sure do at Little Bahalia.
To watch the trailer for “A Troop is a Group of Monkeys” book app, click here.