Whoa, I am discovering that along with digital books, the world of publishing literature and self promotion for forthcoming books lies in very cool apps. Here are two that have me dreaming up all kinds of possibilities -- if I can only find that teenager with a certain flare to produce something like it for me.
The first is Paragraph Shorts -- a new app that creates beautiful short stories with art and even a soundtrack to be downloaded into iphones and ipads (need a Droid version!). The reader can purchase stories, read, store, and review them -- while authors have the opportunity to make use of Paragraph's production side to get -- well just about anything literary into an app. Poetry in an app, promotions in an app (more on this later) and short fiction in an app. I am enthralled by the multiplying possibilities.
The second very intriguing app is the Haruki Murakami Diary App created by Random house U.K -- Here's the description of it: "Bibliophiles and fans of Japanese literature might be interested in Random House’s latest promotional app for Haruki Murakami, whose latest paperback 1Q84 is coming out on January 22, 2013. The calendar app’s clean, minimal designs reflect the Japanese author’s post-modernist style. Fans can also share the quotes to their favorite social sites, and purchase books from within the app. Priced at £1.99, this app is clearly intended for serious Murakami fans, the kind that would buy a desktop paper calendar with the same content." I mean, really, how cool is that?
I have a hard enough time imagining a book cover design, a book trailer that won't look like a powerpoint (haha -- those are the worst), or a podcast that is cool aurally, but not enticing visually. So these ideas -- these new, integrative and innovative ideas about content delivery really excite me. I admired Born Magazine when it pioneered flash animated version of poems on its website -- with their perfect integration of art, music, and poetry -- but I love these robust bites of go any where with me bites of technology and literature.