Fun Publishing News

My friend and fellow writer, the fabulous Anna-Maria Crum, announced the release of her new interactive picture book Monster Numbers. It is SOOOO cute! This is an app for the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. The program will read the story and count the monster parts—or you can record your own narration for a personal touch.

imageI’ve purchased a few picture/photo books for the Kindle and been sorely disappointed. The Kindle format is great for text, but isn’t kind to a book’s layout—resulting in picture books where the pictures are divorced from the relevant text and captions and graphs are difficult or impossible to read.

I love Anna-Maria’s book/app, because it takes advantage of the medium to accomplish more than a picture book could. It’s not a game, though—it retains that picture book feel but adds an interactive touch seldom found in an actual hard-copy book.

Plus it’s easier to pack :).

Another successful book-for-iPad effort I’ve seen recently is Bats! Furry Fliers of the Night, by nonfiction children’s book author Mary Kay Carson. This book/app is written slightly older readers, but it’s so filled with fascinating facts, illustrations, text, and animations that my high school kids confiscated it to read. This book, too, takes advantage of the medium with panoramic screen shots that give you the feeling that you’re flying through the forest. “Callouts” offer sketches, additional facts, and photos.

I’ve never seen a book experience quite like this one…but then again, I’m not an expert in the growing electronic picture book world.

Have you seen any great book apps for the tablets, smart phones, or other devices? Any features that work especially well for the electronic format?

The hidden price of "productivity" every writer needs to know -

You’ve probably read the same tips I have: Have a smart phone? Check Facebook while standing in line at the post office! Respond to Twitter messages while waiting for your dentist! Catch up on your news feed while sitting on the pot! For years, I thought the path to increased productivity was to squeeze in MORE–more […]


  1. says

    How interesting, and definitely the way forward, things are moving vey fast in the publishing business. Whatever’s next I wonder. Best wishes to the two authors with these books.

    • says

      I know! I really like how these two books use the medium to do *more* than a paper version could do.

  2. says

    U-Tales is a really great e-book publisher for children alone! There are some amazing books on their site and to add a cherry on top, Emma Dryden is on the editorial panel overseeing things!

    • says

      How cool! Thanks for pointing it out–looks like a fantastic group.

    • says

      I know :(. I don’t think it works on iPhone, either. I think I remember reading that…I haven’t tried it on my phone since the graphics really need a larger screen.

  3. Jenna Grimes says

    The bats is amazing. I am wishing it could be used on iphone. Indeed amazing things can be done with technology.