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E-book Revolution Podcast Ep 16: iBooks Alternatives – How To Make A Book App With Authorly

April 5th, 2014 · Comments

Welcome to this special episode of the podcast! It is the 3rd Anniversary of the E-book Revolution Blog, and to celebrate we are giving away some fantastic prizes at www.ebookrevolution.com.au 


Today's Giveaway is an all star e-book bundle for independent publishers! This e-book bundle consists of 8 of the best books on the internet to help independent authors in their journey. Thank you to those authors who donated a copy to this giveaway! To find out more about each book just click on the links. The e-books included in this prize are: My own ‘E-book Revolution’,  David Gaughran's 'Let's Get Digital' and 'Let's Get Visible', Sean Platt's & Johnny B. Truant's 'Write. Publish. Repeat', Tobias Buckell's 'Nascence', Joanna Penn's 'How To Market You Book', Michelle Campbell-Scott's 'Goodreads For Authors', and Dean Wesley Smith's 'Killing The Top 10 Sacred Cow's of Publishing'. 

 I will be picking the winner of today’s prize from the comments at the post on the E-book Revolution blog hereGet your comments in before 3pm Saturday afternoon (Australian Eastern Standard time) which is also 10pm Friday night across the pond (US Pacific). That’s almost a day and a half of comment drafting time available...



I’m not sure what it is that gives me such a pathological dislike for monopolies, but in any case I don’t really do Apple. An Apple is something I want to eat, not sit in front of. No Apple product has ever played nice with my other equipment and was always too much trouble to integrate it into my life. As such, you can imagine it’s been a bit of a bee in my bonnet for the past couple of years that the only way to make an enhanced and interactive e-book at a reasonable price has been iBooks Author. Which I can’t access without a Mac. Cheers Apple. Which was why when I heard about Authorly, I had to contact them for an interview. Finally, a way I could experiment in the book app space without having to buy a whole new computer! Without having to spend tens of thousands working with an app developer!


Authorly is a free tool which allows authors to create interactive book apps -whether they be children’s books, graphic novels, comics or multimedia non-fiction books - and then distributes them not only into the iTunes app store, but into the Google Play store and Kindle Fire store. This tool has opened up a whole new frontier and green field’s opportunity. I think we all remember how some indie authors’ careers were successfully launched due to the early days of Amazon Kindle, and I can’t help but think the App stores for Kindle Fire and Google Play will open up similar opportunities for authors to get in while there is little competition and secure those number 1 sports.

In this podcast I talk to the CEO of Authorly, Adam Kaslikowski, about many things including:

  • How Authorly works and the revenue share
  • How indie authors can create their own children’s book apps with no developer and no upfront cost
  • Why now is the time to get into the book app space, particularly for children’s book authors
  • Why Authorly is different to iBooks (This has nothing to do with the platforms!)
  • Why you are restricting your audience if you just use iBooks Author
  • What animations can be added to your book
  • How long it takes to launch an app on each platform
  • Which platform is the most popular for book apps
  • How Google Play has a much larger share of the app market then you think
  • The optimum page length for book apps
  • How you can you take your out of printed children’s book and use Authorly to creat a digital version
  • What the bestselling book apps have in common
  • Why it’s important for children’s books to not only appeal to kids but also to parents
  • How to get reviews for your app.
  • What factors count towards being listed on a ‘best seller’ list in the app store
  • The ‘sweet spot’ for the number of features and animations you should include in your app
  • Why you can’t just create a book app without any features
  • How to stop kids getting distracted from the story
  • Why book apps as good, if not better, at teaching children to read
  • The most popular features in book apps (between Animations/video/audio)
  • How you should price book apps
  • Strategies for children’s book authors to use apps to boost print sales
  • What sort of story is best suited to a book apps
  • Can use for non-fiction books like cook books etc
  • The mistakes authors make with book apps
  • And you get your app discovered


I love hearing from my listeners! If you’d like to appear as a guest, or offer any feedback on topics you’d like to see covered, email me at: ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at KoboAmazon and Tomely (Australian e-book store).If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from KoboAmazon and Tomely.

The companion website for this podcast is www.ebookrevolution.com.au  


Tags: Transmedia · Education · publishing · Emily Craven · E-books · self-publishing · Marketing · Publicity · Book Apps

E-book Revolution Episode 1: Getting Your Hands Dirty With Transmedia and Print Books

October 2nd, 2012 · Comments

Welcome to E-Book Revolution Podcast's first episode! Thanks for joining me. This Podcast is all about helping writers on their e-book/publishing journey. If there is something you would like to see discussed on the podcast drop me (Emily) a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.

Awake-Final-194x300.jpgBooks aren’t only going through a revolution in their digital form but their print form too (Albeit at the pace of a snail, riding another snail, riding a tortoise). IP107JoelandNick.jpg have been advocating for over twelve months that the print book is a fantastic place to explore a multimedia experience, yet only a daring few are moving into the print/transmedia realm. In fact, as far as I’m aware, only one print book has taken that step into interactivity using my favourite free technology, the QR code, and that book is Awake by Joel N. Clark.

Joel Nykyforchyn-Clark is the co-founder and Creative Director of Switchvert, a production and ideas house co-located in Washington, DC and Johannesburg, South Africa.  As a writer-filmmaker, Clark’s love for story and adventure shine through the diversity of products he and his team have created, ranging from short films/features, sitcoms, commercials and justice-oriented documentaries filmed just about anywhere you can imagine. Joel's first book, Awake, is a transmedia extravaganza, combining memoir writing with QR codes linked to films showing extra footage and interviews that allow you to meet the characters mentioned in Joel’s stories and see the places he has visited in his crazy, adventure filled life as a film/documentary maker and story teller.

In this podcast we discuss:

  • Why Joel decided to go the transmedia route with his first published book.P83AntarcticDriveIn2.jpg
  • What triggered the idea of using QR codes in a print book and how they have revolutionised the story, enhancing it in a way that has excited readers.
  • How he used his transmedia idea to land him a traditional publishing deal. Twice.
  • How Joel dealt with the legalities of using his old documentary footage for the book.
  • Why too much transmedia can be a bad thing.
  • The trick to have agents salivating at representing your book.
  • Three things an author can do to get a transmedia project off the ground
  • And the best way to get started in adding an extra element to your story.

Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at ebookrevolution (at) yahoo (dot) com.P50HowWeMet.jpg

Emily's non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at http://emilycraven.bkclb.co. If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from http://emilycraven.bkclb.co

The companion website for this podcast is http://ebookrevolution.blogspot.com


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