iPad Books

I Am Zlatan, an iPad Biography.

At the end of 2011 Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimovic released an autobiography for the iPad in his native language. While the app looked intriguing I had no idea what was really going on until now. An English translation is out, and the application lives up to all expectations.

The book is billed as “A reading experience completely re-imagined for touchscreen“. The application allows readers to explore both vertically and horizontally across the book metaphor while allowing for deep dives into rich interactive content that moves beyond the book experience.

There are 16 primary scenes within the book, which are all tied to the timeline, and stop motion video that has been used to execute much of the animation within the app. The book is rich with content featuring 130 images and 30 videos integrated into each chapter, carefully selected to enhance the original story.

The video below gives you an idea of what this application does, but you really need to play with it in person to get the full concept. Its a great example of where digital books are headed in the future.

Bobo Explores Light, an iPad Interactive Book.

I work for a company that produces some really wonderful interactive books for the iPad. If you haven’t seen them I suggest you check out the Jingle Pup application, corresponding book, and other products. Anyway, I am always on the look out for other really well produced interactive book experiences for the iPad, and this morning I came across “Bobo Explores Light”. The interactive book hit the top ranking in the book section of the app store this week.

Designed and built by Juraj Hlavac from Game Collage, the book is rich with educational themes, and is fun to explore and play with focusing 21 light related subjects. The book is geared to 8-12 years with fun interactive animation and a light illustration style that plays well to the age group. I have to say, I found using this interactive book just as fun as any 10 year old would. It engages readers in a very hands on (or fingers on since this is the iPad) experience encouraging experimentation for fun while learning to.

At $6.99 this is a steal. There is so much content and extended fun to be had with the book, your kids will be entertained for hours; or in my case the kid inside me was.