Book Expo last week was a zoo, it always is. Demibooks camped out this year with our friends at EDC/Usborne/Kane Miller, a step up from last year when we roamed around with an iPad, demoing a beta version of the first Composer. This year we previewed the soon to be released, Composer Pro. We even had a TV, albeit a small one. Our new Design hire from RISD, Will Denton, got thrown right into the fire in his first week on the job, and there’s no better way to learn!
Here’s Will and I with our EDC host Randall White in front of what was the coolest banner in the show. Tons of people came to take a picture and chat with Randall about his battle with Amazon.
You’ve already read all the blogs and recaps of the show, so I’ll just share a few quick pics and highlights here. We were selected to demo at the Book Industry Study Group’s Digital Show and Tell event. It was a blast to see some great new startups and connect with friends.
Its always good to see Kristen McLean @BKGKristen, whose Bookigee won the show with their WriterCube product. WriterCube is a social media driven tool to provide authors with customer analytics. Will there be integration with eBooks? Or apps? Hopefully coming soon! BOOKIGEE
All of the demo companies are covered in this excellent recap by BetaBeat. Among my personal favorite apps: the Bats! (Ellen Jacob), Steampunk Holmes (Noble Beast/Julia Brannon) and the Free Press Interactive Sampler, built in Adobe Digital Publisher by Claire Kelly. Finally a shout out for BookShout, whose social reading solution creates social networks around each book and lets you select whose notes you want to see from that network.
The Education tracks especially on children’s publishing were generally well received. I did manage to go to one session, by Open Road Media on their enhanced book app, Gift. I was impressed by their marketing prowess, which includes tie-ins with Apple and the Minecraft game. A bit less so by the book app itself, especially in comparison to the work Demibooks did on The Survivors: Immersedition . Speaking of which, we stopped by to visit with Amanda Havard as she signed Point of Origin, her second of the Survivor series which launched in print on the 12th. I’ll be taking that with me to the beach next!
Finally, I made time for some old and met new friends along the way. Its always good to see the NYC Transmedia Kids group @cynthiajabar, Lisa Goldman, and Lorraine Hopping-Egan @Hoppingfun and Nicole from PinwheelBooks.
– Left: Demibooks with Lorraine, Nicole and Craig from EDC. Right: Demibooks with Chafie Press and The Survivors author, Amanda Harvard.