Friday, July 20, 2012

Making Books Interactive

Here's an interesting glimpse of one possible future for children's e-books; a video ad for an iPad app that allows the reader to interact with a story as they read it (also has some background music):

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad App Trailer from Moonbot Studios on Vimeo.


  1. Looks awesome! I think people get a touch freaked out when they see things like this, because the mind tends to jump to, "If every book is like this ..." But the thing is, well never be in a place where all picture books will be like this. But the beauty of the tech is that they CAN be like that for people who are so creatively inclined. Seems like this would be a very engaging way for an early reader (heck, me!) to enjoy a book.

  2. Now if we could get all the e-readers to play these...

  3. Fantastic Flying Books is one of my favorite animations. I've watched this little movie many times.

    Though not sure what I think about "reading" a bedtime story in this format...

  4. Well, this is interesting, PBW. As always!

    You know, I read your post on the same day that I read about the bonus image content that Janet Evanovich put in her e-book versions of Wicked Business. Nothing moves, tho, and the reader doesn't get to make choices or anything.

    What she's done is put links in the ebook's content, bringing the reader to images of the settings described in the book. Read her 6/11/12 post to learn more and see the pix - link is

    I don't know if I like this e-book image idea or not. Non-fiction, seems like a good idea. Fiction? Does it mess with my imagination? Maybe so.

    Don't know if this is new to anyone else but me. Just thought I'd share because well, it's interesting to ponder and PBW, you've just entered the EReader World so ....