During the past few months, I have been forsaking many of my writing related activities to explore the possible future of children’s books. My publisher had asked me if I would like to create interactive eBooks for Apple’s iPad. I had no idea what went into creating an interactive eBook. But the idea intrigued me, so I said yes.
Lest you think that this may be some normal, run of the mill request that a publisher might make of an author (cause it isn’t), allow me to give you some background.
I have several children’s books published with Guardian Angel Publishing. I also have a background in IT. Unfortunately, being an author still requires that I maintain a day job, but little did I know how my two careers would mesh.
My picture book, The Sister Exchange, was built on an iPad using an app builder called Demibooks. You don’t need to be a programmer to build a book with this app, but you do need to have a good understanding of graphic layering and how different commands will affect an object. There was still a pretty big learning curve for me. I went through about twelve different drafts of this book before I could consider it complete enough to hand over to my publisher. But I absolutely love the results.
There are plenty of features to this book including, movable graphics, sound effects, music, animations, and author readings by yours truly. There are also bonus features such as a jigsaw puzzle and hidden autograph page with a personalized message. I even got my daughter involved; she provides the sounds effects for the characters on the illustration pages.
So if you have an iPad and you would like to see the possible future of children’s eBooks, boy do I have the book for you! The link to the iTunes store is below.
Kevin McNamee is a writer and poet. His other books include: If I Could Be Anything, My Brother the Frog, Lightning Strikes, The Soggy Town of Hilltop and What Is That Thing?
To find out more about Kevin, please visit his website at http://www.kevinmcnamee.com/ or his blog at http://www.kevinmcnameechildrensauthor.blogspot.com/.