Sunday, March 6, 2011

Come on, get appy!

Sorry, that was a punful title for a roundup of links about apps. Naturally, on E is for Book we’re primarily interested in story apps and apps related to children’s literature (such as Katis Davis’ kidlit podcast app.)

in Criteria at the App Store, agent Mary Kole explains what she looks for when cruising the App store to check out developers. For example:
…the number of reviews/ratings their products have (Reviews are a sign of market penetration, marketing power, product quality. They tell me that, first, enough people know about an app, and, second, enough people care to rate it.)

A Wish list for iPad App Developers is an article for Kirkus Reviews by Peter Lewis that has some intriguing, offbeat, and downright odd ideas from app developers about what would be desirable for future story apps:
Kids will be able to test, and more importantly apply, their newly acquired knowledge through simulations and quizzes right in the book, with immediate interactive feedback.
.…books that generate themselves based on user-specified keywords…
We would like e-books to be able to change diapers…

NPR contributor Omar Gallaga’s adventures in reviewing apps for Kirkus are detailed in iPad Storybook Apps and the Kids Who Love Them:
Like much of the Apple App Store, the quality of what's available runs the gamut from crude cash-ins with ugly illustrations, barely worth their 99-cent price tag, to lavish productions with top-notch voice talent and 3-D pages.

Included in The 10 Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Art Teachers 2010 are apps for drawing, collage, origami, and a sketch game.

You may have heard that Apple doesn’t allow Flash on their iDevices—I checked my web site on my hubby’s new iPhone and saw the dreaded error message on the pages that use Flash (as so many web sites do.) But, did you know that
THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT? Sorry again, got carried away for a second…a solution has been available for a couple of months, but I just stumbled over it: skyfire, a $4.99 app that works on the iPad, iPhone, and Android devices. So yay!

So, have you checked out any story apps or seen people using them “in the wild?” Tell us about some of your favorites!

Loreen Leedy