Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I’ve Been Busy

I have been away from here for a few days because I have been busy finishing up my book. It is a children’s picture book (originally written by my daughter) about a baker who turns into a superhero. It’s titled, appropriately enough, The Adventures of Dough Girl.

 It’s an e-book formatted exclusively (for now, at least) for the Apple iPad. It’s in what Apple calls its “Fixed Layout EPUB Format” which displays a two-page horizontal view that is not changeable by the viewer. There is no changing of type size to re-flow the text. However, you can zoom the pages in and out, and scroll around.

It’s wonderful for picture books because you can have an illustration that goes the full two-page spread with the text blocks fixed—in position and typeface—anywhere on the page. That means that the book’s designer has as much freedom as with a paper-&-ink book.

My book is also enhanced with dialog and sound effects, which the viewer plays by touching the audio player controls on the page.

I will be telling more about it here as it gets closer to publication (sometime in May). Right now I’m getting my iBookstore account set up. I got the approval from Apple Monday, and I will be selling books directly through Apple’s iBookstore app. iPad users with an iTunes account can go there, buy the book, and download it immediately.

The plan is to also re-format it for the Kindle, the Nook, and other e-book readers. I’ll tell you more soon.

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