01 February 2011

They May Not Spell Precisely, But…

A new blog on my reading list is E Is for Book, started by a group of authors and illustrators for children who are exploring the possibilities of electronic publishing. Many of them have had books published or republished in digital formats, such as Emilie Boon’s Peterkin Meets a Star, as I mentioned back here.

Just last week Publishers Weekly reported on a Digital Book World panel about children’s packagers turning into app-makers by saying:

They are also focused on a category—kids' multimedia entertainment—so new and fast-changing that standards for quality barely exist and an underlying technology that seems to change on a weekly basis. Indeed, moderator Charlie Schroder was quick to ask the panel “how do you stay perpetually innovative?” in a field that seems to change by the minute.
The challenges for authors and illustrators used to working on their own are even more daunting. But some want to try themselves, both to explore the creative freedom and to keep a larger slice of the smaller pie. Loren Leedy just wrote at E Is for Book about book-app-making software in development. (I guess those would be apps for making apps.)


Loreen Leedy said...

Hi, thanks for linking to the E is for Book blog! We're operating under the theory that a book is a book regardless of the format. It will be interesting to see how things evolve.

J. L. Bell said...

I mused about the idea of a book as content potentially separate from format back when I noted Emilie Boon’s first “app.”

I can, of course, muse the other way, about how format can dictate content. Can a digital form of There’s a Monster at the End of This Book work like the codex form, for example?