Galdo’s Gift: A Groundbreaking Children’s Storybook

Nicholas C. Rossis

The Book Machine recently featured a post by Ken Jones, explaining his inspired use of e-book technology to create an animated, interactive children’s storybook. Ken, who’s also running the Understanding eBooks event in London on April 25, worked with UK design and animation studio Tapocketa to develop their magnificent hand-crafted eBook, Galdo’s Gift.

An eBook, Not An App

Galdo's Gift | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's book Image: Tapocketa

What’s unusual about Galdo’s Gift is that it’s NOT an app, even though it is available on Apple Store. This is because of their belief that an app would entail higher production costs, while books as apps really need to be offered for free to succeed–and even then are lost in a world of games.

Instead, they used the fixed-layout EPUB3 standard, which builds on the modern open standards of the web (HTML5, CSS3 and JS). The word ebook conjures up a dated image of a gray page full of…

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