Apps? I don’t need no stinkin’ apps!Posted: March 29, 2013
In my rambles through writing oriented blogs I came across someone recommending that books should now be published as apps–as well as in a gazillion different formats. What? Why would a book, particularly fiction, require an app? Apps are designed to take you to one place, again and again and again. Think Angry Birds. A novel is usually read once in a lifetime. Maybe twice. It didn’t seem to me to make sense to develop an app for fiction. Maybe for a reference book, but not some juicy, bloody, and/or brilliant novel.
Happily, this very topic came up on the Tools of Change group on LinkedIn a couple of days ago. And I felt vindicated. The postings went both ways–for and against–but when I left the thread the “againsts” were in the strongest position. The most convincing argument for was: apps are good for children’s books because they can be interactive.
Part of the interest in book apps has been spurred by Bowker, http://myidentifiers.com, which now offers some sort of Android app creation program on their website. For only $299. Plus an annual maintenance fee. There are also sites that offer this same service for free. But the kicker is: Amazon does not accept apps for books!! (At least that is what I have heard. If you know otherwise, let me know.)
With all the other ups and downs I am going through while learning about E-Publishing I am delighted to see I can dismiss Android apps–at least for now.