Nosy Crow has some of the best book apps on the Apple App Store today and they have continued to improve upon their past successes. They have successfully translated some of their picture books into apps. They have also published a line of books exclusively for the iPad that won a multitude of awards for their interactivity and innovative apps. Their Little Red Riding Hood by Nosy Crow app alone has won App Store’s Best Apps of 2013, Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award, and was on The Observer’s 50 Best Apps of 2013 list. But what can other publishers, even non-children’s publishers, learn from this company’s success with book apps? Electronic books are a new and evolving form of reading. Their final form is still unknown. Book apps offer a freedom for creativity and innovation that many of the other electronic book platforms do not allow. Apps allow for room to explore the content with added features to enhance the reading while remaining in a format that is widely available to and trusted by buyers. All publishers can learn from book app creators like Nosy Crow to innovate and test the boundaries of digital books.
In a vlog titled “Google Is Alive!” vlogger Hank Green explored the idea of what he thought could be a definition of life: “Life wants. If thing-X requires thing-Y in order to continue its existence. And thing-X shows attempts to acquire thing-Y then thing-X, apparently wanting thing-Y, is alive.” (Green) As the discussion in the comments section of the video centred around the idea of living technologies, Green later clarifies his definition of “want” as “reacts to it’s surroundings in order to fulfill its needs.” (Green) This way of thinking about information being alive pertains to the publishing industry in its future with metadata. This essay will work to support two ideas concerning metadata: how to deal with metadata in the present and how to think about metadata in the future. Continue reading “What Metadata Needs Right Now and What it Wants in the Future”
How Memes are Actually Classical Tradition and How Publishers Are Killing Them Regardless
N.B. In the context of this essay, ‘meme’ refers specifically to internet memes and oral tradition refers specifically to that of the Ancient Greeks.
How could an unhappy looking cat be comparable to the greatest Greek hero? Achilles and Grumpy Cat are much more similar than they first appear. They come from traditions, Ancient Greek oral tradition and internet memes respectively, that are mirror images of each other. Continue reading “Grumpy Cat: The Modern Achilles”