As you all know by now, we’re a forward thinking lot here at DGLM. And, we have been especially intrigued by the possibilities that the new technologies present for our clients and their projects. The notion of being able to help our authors develop apps based on their books or on research and other information that doesn’t make it into their books for whatever reason, but which would have value in this format and provide an additional revenue stream for them, is an exciting one.
This piece about the success of Disney’s book apps makes it clear that this particular apps market is about to explode. The question is what category of books make for good apps? Conventional wisdom thus far says lifestyle and how-to books, children’s books, and textbooks. But, what would an adult fiction or narrative non-fiction app look like? What are some of the more unorthodox uses and approaches? My sense is that pretty much anything goes in this world. It’s all about how to implement.
Is this something you guys have given any thought to? Are any of you exploring this for your own work?