iBooks for Kids: Inception

What if this book, or at least the images for it, were created completely on the iPad? It would give it a unique kind of flavour wouldn’t it?

Having taken a look at ‘book style apps’ on the App Store and the various types of eBooks available in the iBooks store, I became interested in how you might go about developing one. Having ruled out plain old eBooks I was left with the following two choices:

  1. Develop an app which woud let you completely control the user experience but not be visible in the iBooks store.
  2. Develop an iBooks 2.0 ‘eBook’ and work within the fairly rigid constraints of the authoring tool.

Well, I’ve done apps. And it may well be the better option…but I fancied trying something new.

Now, I am not the greatest artist in the world. But I do like to play around with Sketchbook Pro on my iPad from time to time. This lead me to wonder…

What if this book, or at least the images for it, were created completely on the iPad? It would give it a unique kind of flavour wouldn’t it? And what if we leveraged HTML5 widgetry to create something a bit different to the non-app books that are out there at the moment?

I was mulling this over when something else was bought to my attention. An amazing-musician-and-producer friend of mine had recently recorded a nursery rhyme album…interesting. Now, I thought, that would be cool: A touchy, interactive, sing-along iBook for kids, with illustrations done all on iPad…and all self published.

So. That was that.

I’m currently working on the illustrations for the book. It’s going to be a pet project for a while. Hopefully I’ll finish it before I get distracted or swamped by other stuff.

It could be a fun and unusual journey.