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.