Acting on the suggestion of the always awesome Bruce Stewart, I recently took a look at several QBooks selections from New Zealand-based developers Kiwa Media. Picture books present a real challenge for app developers. They have to balance end-user reading abilities (which are usually quite limited) with enough application richness to make younger readers want to come back, again and again, to the same story. I think that Kiwa Media has done a surprisingly good job in delivering value for the app dollar.
Kids’ books, especially for younger readers, suffer from being very, very short. It’s common to sit down with a stack of a dozen books and easily read through them in a single session. So, how do you add compelling content to something so minimal in duration? Kiwa Media created the idea of the “QBook.”
TUAWQBooks bring kids’ picture books to life on the iPad originally appeared on The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW) on Tue, 24 Aug 2010 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.