The Day I Became A Pirate, an award-winning book app for the iPad, was awarded Best Multimedia In An eBook by Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards. Fun and entertaining for children ages 5 and up, this interactive book features outstanding illustrations and an engaging multimedia experience including an original pirate song and interactive character animations. The children's book also includes two fun puzzles that can be solved by finding hidden messages.
Santa Barbara, California – The Day I Became A Pirate, an award-winning interactive book app for the iPad, was named this year's Best Multimedia In An eBook at Dan Poynter's Global eBook Awards. The Day I Became A Pirate features engaging sounds, immersive illustrations and interactive animations. A children's interactive book app for the iPad, The Day I Became A Pirate by Cary Snowden edged past remarkable competition to become this year's top multimedia experience for young readers.
"I am so proud to win a Best-Of category as a first-time author" said Snowden. "It was thrilling to be selected by Dan Poynter as a finalist in two categories this year, one also for Zach Clough's amazing illustrations, and to win a top category is an exciting acknowledgement of the hard work we put into making a great book app."
The Day I Became A Pirate is a children's book for the iPad, available in the iTunes App Store. This interactive book app features outstanding illustrations and an engaging multimedia experience including an original pirate song and interactive character animations. The award-winning rhyming story is interesting, fun and entertaining for children ages 5 and up.
The children's book also includes two fun puzzles that can be solved by finding hidden messages. The Day I Became A Pirate is a perfect way to get ready for Talk Like A Pirate Day.
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 51.8 MB
Pricing and Availability:
The Day I Became A Pirate 1.0 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.
The Day I Became A Pirate is published to the App Store by TaleSpring, Inc. Copyright (C) 2012 Cary Snowden. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.
On the morning of it's 4th full day in the App Store, "The Day I Became A Pirate" has jumped into the Top 10 in the iPad Books category in the U.S. App Store. Congratulations Cary Snowden and Zach Clough!
To all those who don't have an iPad, but do have an iPhone, you can get this great book app on your iPhone, too! For iPad or iPhone, just click here:
It's been so fun seeing this finally come together after many months of hard work and dedication. The video tutorials of how they did certain tasks in TaleSpring, the movie trailers announcing the release, and now the skyrocket to success!
And they have at least 3 more books planned, too! So stay tuned for more from the Snowden & Clough team!
All TaleSpring books are now on sale for just $0.99! This is a great opportunity to buy lots of fun children's interactive ebooks that your kids will enjoy reading for hours. Here is a list of all the available books with links straight to the App Store. Please leave a rating or review in the App Store for each book you enjoy.
The question was asked about how to properly prepare the icons for your ebook app so it can be published. So here's some instructions and some tips!
Inside TaleSpring in the editing environment, choose Book on the top right, and then click Edit. On the properties screen that comes up, you'll see the list of icons that are needed along with the sizes and formats. The (?) images offer additional information.
As far as the actual image that goes in the icon, I highly recommend a zoomed-in view of one or two of the main characters rather than a shrunk down scene. This is an icon, a small representation of your app. Your designer/illustrator would have some great ideas for the icon as well.
All sizes should be the same image, just at different resolutions. The only exception would be the 512×512 where you can have more on it as long as it's not too different from the other icons. For example, if the app icon was of the main character's face, the 512×512 could be of the entire character, with part of a scene in the background, or something. Think of the 512 version as a zoomed out, wider look at the same scene the smaller icons were taken from, but not zoomed-out too much. If they're too different, Apple will reject the entire submission.
It may be spring but the fun of winter never has to end when you can read and play Sandra Thoney's interactive book, The Winters: A Snowman Family, Storm and Windy's Busy Weekend.We're pleased to be introducing Sandra this week in our Author Feature.
Author Feature: Sandra Thoney
"Storm and Windy's Busy Weekend" is a delightful tale of two youngsters, Storm and Windy, who are brother and sister and just happen to be snowmen! The story begins when fall is over and Krystal, the snow fairy, waves her magic "snow wand" and fills the air with her snowflakes. When all the land is covered with snow, she calls out, "Snowman families, it is safe to come out now!" The Winters family, who have been tucked away sleeping during the warm weather seasons, awaken and emerge from the depths within. Once the family awakens, Storm and Windy have a "Busy Weekend" when Grandma and Grandpa Blizzard come for a visit. Storm and Windy's busy activities include: sleighing, snow cones, chilly chocolate, Grandma's cookies, going for a walk in the woods, blowing bubbles, and even building … a snowman of their own! The story is fully animated and interactive. There are 32 animated StoryBook pages, PLUS 4 game pages at the end of the ebook. Animations occur upon page load, as well as things for the child to tap on. Kids will have fun making: the puppy bark, snowmen walk, Grandma get cookies out of the snoven (snow oven), Grandpa slurp his summertime drink, Storm and Windy blow bubbles as well as sleigh down the hill! Kids will also have fun making it snow on several pages!! (of course) "Storm and Windy's Busy Weekend" is illustrated with REAL SNOWMEN created from the finest snow Mother Nature has to offer! Pages have an optional "audio narration" feature, which allows even the youngest of children to be able to enjoy the story without the need of an adult to read to them. "Storm and Windy's Busy Weekend,"(animation and narration from start to finish), will entertain your child for over a HALF AN HOUR. That's enough time to jump in the shower!! Children will also enjoy some fun little GAMES at the end of the ebook, such as, build Krystal the snow fairy and have Storm and Windy toss a ball back and forth. This story is also available in a physical 9×9 soft cover book. www.sthoneybooks.com
You can also see a demo video on youtube here. My favorite part is watching the snowman children waddle along in the snow. They don't have legs, you know. :)
More Like The Winters
Here are more books like The Winters that you may enjoy. Click on the icon to view in the App Store.
One of our authors, Cary Snowden, has put together a preview for his book that will be coming out soon, The Day I Became a Pirate. He's doing some pretty cool things. Check this out.
Cary has created a website/blog to go along with his book. In his "Captain's Log" he has shared several blog posts that chronicle his successes and struggles as he and his illustrator (Zack Clough) have been putting together their book app. He has some great tips that may spark some ideas for you. We're very excited to see the finished product.
This week we'll be looking at Jan and Todd Gravelines' book, Randy the Daydreaming Dog.
We're also excited about a new feature in the Talespring editor. It's a new animation calledHotSpot and you're going to love it. Look for more information below.
Author Feature: Jan and Todd Graveline
Randy the Daydreaming Dog is a whimsical tale of a curious dog who lets his imagination roam free while his best friend is at work. Driving a race car, noon tea with a yak, swinging through the jungle and dancing with a cupcake help Randy realize that time alone with your dreams can make for a very busy and fulfilling day.
Each new daydream is delightfully illustrated and chocked full of animated surprises that are sure to delight all ages. The optional audio narration feature adds to the fun.
This is a really fun book with great illustrations done by Todd Graveline. But don't take our word for it. Buy Randy the Daydreaming Dog in the App Store today.
New "HotSpot" Animation
Have you seen the new HotSpot animation? HotSpot allows you to move to a different page in the book when an object is touched. This means that you can now include a Table of Contents in your book. It also means that you can switch to another page if a specific graphic is chosen, perhaps like a "choose your own adventure" book. How about a question and the answer chosen takes the user to different results. I'm sure you will be able to think of lots of creative ways to use the HotSpot. Happy Creating!
More Like Randy
Here are some more books you may enjoy. Click on the icon to view in the App Store.
The Winters, A Snowman Family
The Girl in the Spaceship
I Could Fly Around My Ceiling
The Shortest Cactus Springs Tale Ever
Baby Bear's Sled
We're excited to see some of the ways that you'll be using the HotSpot feature and we hope you'll support your fellow TaleSpring authors.
This week we will be taking a look at some of the non-fiction books that have been published with TaleSpring. Michelle Willis, M.Ed., is our most prolific author with an amazing 12 books in the App Store. We're pleased to share what she's done with you.
Michelle Willis, M.Ed.
The first books Michelle published with us were a series of two books for preteens called Growing Up: Preparing for Adolescence. The books outline some of the physical, emotional, and social changes kids can expect as they approach adolescence. (Please Note: There are no sexual references in this material.) Each book has opportunities for interaction between a parent and child so they are wonderful resources for parents of preteens ages 9-12 or grades 4-6.
Next, Michelle published another two part series for preschool age children. Let's Learn Shapes andLet's Learn Colors help children master the shapes and colors through bright pictures, interactive lessons, and fun animations.
Recently, Michelle added another series of books entitled Exploring the Bible Adventure Series. There are four interactive books that help children better understand stories from Genesis in the Old Testament. In addition, Michelle has also published a Catholic Edition of the series which included references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC).
Click on any of the images to view the books in the App Store.
Here are two more non-fiction books that have been created using TaleSpring. Check them out in the App Store.