authors, iPad Apps

Dracula HD iPad App Now Available!

The long awaited Dracula HD app for the iPad, which was developed by Author Solutions developer Inverted Pear, is now available through the iTunes App Store — go here and get it now! It’s a great app for fans of vampires and Halloween and it  got me thinking again about “what is a book?”

A book certainly isn’t just print on paper between two covers. Books now come in all formats (eBooks, apps, vooks, audio etc.) and are more accessible to more readers than ever before. Almost monthly, there’s a new digital platform for consuming books. And as the number of delivery systems grow, the overall popularity of digital and electronic books increases. Recently, I read that Amazon reported that during the first half of 2010, it sold 180 Kindle eBooks for every 100 hardcover books. And now with the emergence of books as apps;  readers’ experiences are enhanced by animation and sound.

It’s a great time to be a reader; and probably the best time ever to be an author!!

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New Dracula HD iPad App Coming Soon

Author Solutions will announce in the coming days that its multimedia book development company –Inverted Pear — is releasing an abridged version of Bram Stoker’s classic for the iPad. Just in time for Halloween, Dracula HD will be available through the App Store; and an iPhone version will follow shortly.

Check out this video trailer for a sneak peak of the app.

The artwork was conceived and created by the talented Author Solutions illustrations team. As well, the musical score is original too.

It’s another example of how publishing is evolving. I’m sure Bram Stoker, when he wrote Dracula in 1897, never envisioned readers watching the Count stalk his prey on shiny plastic tablet. The emergence of books as apps presents exciting possibilities for indie authors to see their characters come to life.

Stay tuned!

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Author Solutions to Sponsor San Francisco Writers Conference Writing Contest

We made a very exciting announcement Thursday. Author Solutions is partnering with the San Francisco Writers Conference for the inaugural Indie Publishing Contest for Writers. The SFWC is one of the nation’s most respected writers conferences; and through this partnership a group of talented writers will become published authors.

The SFWC is accepting entries through Jan. 5, 2011; and the winners will be announced during the annual conference Feb. 18-20, 2011 in San Francisco.

Get your best writing  in now and you  could be the next writer to join the indie book publishing revolution!

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Forbes magazine picks up blog post on self publishing

My latest post was about the blog Alan Rinzler wrote regarding the changes in publishing.  Interestingly Forbes magazine picked up the post on their web site. Maybe that doesn’t seem like a big deal, but to me when a major business publication picks up a story on self publishing, it is one more sign the revolution is advancing.

Forbes magazine picks up post regarding the future of publishing.

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The future of Publishing: According to Alan Rinzler

Earlier this week, Alan Rinzler, a veteran and well-respected consulting editor, posted an interview with moi on his

Alan Rinzler suggests self published authors may have the last laugh in the indie revolution

blog, The Book Deal, An Inside View of Publishing. Alan has nearly five decades in the publishing industry and continues to present, teach and work with clients. I think he presented a very fair and balanced view of where publishing is going or could go. I especially appreciate his recognition that the role of the agent is still going to be important, but will likely change. This is a blog worth watching if you are interested in the future of publishing. In particular, Rinzler sees the changes in the industry as benefiting writers. In his words:

If you’re tired and exasperated at waiting, waiting, and then waiting some more for agents and publishers to wake up and pay attention to your book…take a look at self-publishing.

It’s not what it used to be. Self-publishing has grown exponentially and achieved an unprecedented degree of legitimacy.