Category: iPad

The Very Hungry Bum

Posted on June 20th, by Liam in AppBooks, Blog, Digital Books, eBooks, iPad. No Comments

The Very Hungry Bum, written and illustrated by Claudia Rowe, narrated by John Flaus.

Like a very famous caterpillar, The Very Hungry Bum consumes quite a lot.  Over the course of a week it devours several pairs of underpants and other innocent objects, which were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Then, after a gluttonous week and a particularly indulgent camping trip, it undergoes an incredible transformation.

The Very Hungry Bum is a new iBook for iPads, iPhones and iPod touches. It is a fun and cheeky parody of a classic children’s book that I’m sure you remember!

Read the book by yourself or choose between manual or automated narration by renowned actor and broadcaster John Flaus.

[update] The Very Hungry Bum was selected as a New & Notable book by Apple.

The original paperback version (printed on 100% recycled paper!) has sold out, but preorders … Read More »

Animalia for iPad updated

Posted on February 10th, by Liam in AppBooks, Blog, iPad, iPad Apps, Portfolio. No Comments

Animalia for iPad has been updated with two new sections and 100% more content.

Animalia for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

Posted on August 29th, by Liam in AppBooks, Blog, iPad, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps, Portfolio. No Comments

New AppBook ‘Animalia for iPad’ based on the much loved children’s book by Graeme Base is now available on the iTunes store.

‘New and Noteworthy’ iPad app in the US and Canada. Feature tiles in Australia and New Zealand.

September 2010: #2 iPad app in Australia. #1 in iPad Books in the US, Canada and Australia. Top 10 iPad Book in 19 countries. Top 100 in 50 countries.

‘Animalia’ for iPhone and iPod Touch also now available.



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Digital Books: the problem of a bad inheritance

Posted on April 29th, by Liam in AppBooks, Blog, iPad. No Comments

Something has been bugging me lately. It seems that in our enthusiasm for digital books we have forgotten that actually reading them is important. Even Apple seem to have forgotten this when they made iBooks for the iPad.

I was disappointed to find that iBooks only give us a choice of 5 fonts, despite presenting books in a way that can only be for reading.

Digital books are failing us. Why? Because they are inheriting their style and presentation from websites.

When I was on dial up and it took a long time to load a single page of a website, I preferred that the images were heavily compressed and didn’t care what font the text was in, just that I could read it right away. But now that I have 3G and spend hours on the internet each day, I am much … Read More »

The future of books on the iPad: AppBooks vs iBooks

Posted on March 12th, by Liam in Blog, iPad. 1 Comment

As today was the first day for iPad pre-orders in the US and there is quite a buzz about it, I thought it timely to make my first blog post and share some thoughts on iPad books.

A book is a book is a book

Not anymore!

A few days ago Mobclix data revealed there were some 27,000 AppBooks (Book Applications) on the iTunes App Store. Significantly, they now outnumber games as the largest App category.

Here is a pic from their website:

These are iPhone Apps. What will happen when the iPad releases?

We will see even more AppBooks. Or will we?

AppBooks and the iBookstore

There has been some discussion in the last few days about the possibility of Apple removing some AppBooks once the iPad and iBookstore releases. This began with Jason Kincaid’s TechCrunch post ‘Will books be the next to go … Read More »

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