E-Books on Steroids
Austin author creating interactive storybooks for the next generation of readers
Austin author Karen Robertson is helping write a new chapter in the multibillion-dollar children’s book-publishing industry.
Robertson is president and co-founder of the Austin-based Book App Alliance. It’s a newly formed trade association that promotes interactive children’s books designed for touch screen devices like the iPad or the Kindle Fire. Robertson describes these apps as “e-books on steroids.”
Robertson said the alliance aims to help parents, educators and others unearth “hidden gems” among the thousands of book apps on the market. The alliance has teamed up with book app review website Digital Storytime in that effort. Furthermore, the alliance strives to unite authors of book apps for kids.
“When my dyslexic son picked up an iPad for the first time and chose storybook apps over game apps, I decided to publish that book as a book app." — Austin author Karen Robertson