Yet another approach to the story app. . . and you can try it out right now.
At the recent 2nd Annual Digital Book World Conference, held in NYC, the Publishing Innovation Award for best story app in the children’s category went to A Story Before Bed, created by Jackson Fish Market, a small start-up company based in Seattle.
Launched in November 2009, A Story Before Bed is marketed as “…the first and only service where consumers could record a video of themselves reading a children’s book. Children could play back the story as often as they like.”
If you go here, you can pick a book, record yourself reading the text aloud as you turn the pages, and download your newly-recorded app. When you register, you create your own bookshelf to store your recorded downloads.
I gave it a test drive with “Itsy Bitsy Spider.” For some reason, my face didn’t appear in that little box on the right — I had used the built-in PhoneBooth software that’s built into my iMac — but I did succeed with the voice recording aspect. That’s good enough for me!
There is a dedicated page for FAQs. I’m sure whatever I did incorrectly was probably covered. But I was in a hurry. Click on the image below, and you’ll see/hear my own results:
Perhaps your experience will be different. Try it yourself on one of their free selections. You will need to have a web cam linked to your computer. Then you can create a story app, and play it over and over, via your laptop at bedtime. Also available for iPad or iPhone.