Even software developers have a difficult time preparing an app for the Apple Store. If you are a writer, photographer, business owner, etc. who wants to use ibuildapp.com for creating your app, read on. When it comes to the publishing part and submission to Google Play and the Apple Store, if you’re not an experienced Apple software developer, it’s best to pay to have ibuildapp submit your app for you. My husband with 40 years of experience in the software field as coder, consultant, senior project leader, had to go through numerous hoops, especially for submission of my audiobook, “Live from Milwaukee, It’s Tuesday Night,” to the Apple Store. The costs keep changing at ibuildapp and if you’re paying for a monthly plan, be sure you’re charging a fee for your app that correclates to your projected sales OR give only a portion of your app for free and hope you have enough customers who will upgrade to the paid version.
Since we’ve had over 5900 downloads of “The Perfect Husband App”, we decided to go ahead and combine my audio essays, short story, and one-minute “dollop-a-day” features into an audio app. I’m using ibuildapp again, and after reacquainting myself with the in’s and out’s of one of my favorite do-it-yourself online software programs, I am ready to launch “Live, From Milwaukee, It’s Tuesday Night”. My husband, Mike, the software engineer and technical support for our company, Language Rocks, uses his developer’s certificate AND his expertise to help me upload the app to the Google Play store and to iTunes. I’ve decided to charge a small fee for this app, so we’ll see how that goes. Wish us luck.
Let’s back-up a bit. The real reason I started to publish “The Perfect Husband App” was to try the new software at ibuildapp.com in order to convert my children’s narrated ebook, “Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy” as a narrated app. After struggling with the audio, I went back to interactbuilder.com which I had been trying to use about a year ago. That lets a user create really great looking mobile apps, but there is quite a cost involved. PLUS, I myself, find that software hard to use. I then tried talespring.com last to use their software, and that has possibilities except I don’t have a MAC and while I can create in that platform, I can’t test it out to make corrections, etc. To use Apple’s iBuild Author software which creates multi-media books, one would need a MAC 10.7 (LIon) or beter which retails at about $999. Bookbaby.com, the company with which I have published “Lucky…” for Kindle, Nook, etc. is not doing narrated apps at the moment. I contacted B-interacktive in Germany and they seemed interested in exploring whether they would create an app for me, but I haven’t heard back from them. I tried Desktop Author’s epagewiz which creates page-turning ebooks like my narrated, page-turning online ebook at www.leftpawedpuppy.com, but when your app then goes into the Desktop Author ebook store and when you download apps you have to use their app reader to run the software and finding a book app with Desktop Author app is a nightmare. So you might be able to see why I’m frustrated and disappointed.
All the forums keep saying getting a multi-media book made is “on the cutting edge.” I say, “It’s NOT on the cutting edge because software engineers are doing it throughout the world as evidenced by the narrated children’s apps that are out there.
My conclusion is this: There seems to be a big problem with integrating audio with images for apps. Somehow, some software coders who have figured it out are doing it and are charging a large sum for having accomplished this. Here’s my prediction – whoever comes up with a Do-It-Yourself piece of software that allows authors like me to integrate narration with images will have a multi-million dollar company. I wish my software husband could do it for me, but apparently you need C++ or Objective C or some other C thing to do it! With 12 computer languages in my guy’s brilliant head, and more than 40 years of programming under his belt, he’s not inclined to tackle any more languages. Who can blame him? Not me, but we do need a software hero to come swooping down and let creative children authors go to town. We’d pay! Because as a group, we may be a little cash poor, I’d say $150 for such software would be tolerable. If there are any super-heroes out there who can create this wysiwyg, diy software for multi-media ebooks, show forth thyself!
Dear Fellow Novice App Builders with ibuldapp,
A Novice’s “Work-around” Ibuildapp’s App Builder
Dear Fellow Self-Published Authors,
Either we’re very ADHD or just quite forward-looking. Let’s assume the latter. So I’m not satisfied that “Lucky, the Left-Pawed Puppy” is published on Kindle, Nook, and whatever other e-reader platform is out there. I want the NARRATED version published as I published it on my website (www.leftpawedpuppy.com). However, that narrated version is an .exe file and can’t be uploaded to Kindle, etc. So I sell it from my casually visited website. Ugh! All that work!
So on my way to trying to get audio embedded in “Lucky…” my thoughts turned to app development, and I turned to ibuildapp.com. Not being able to figure out the audio embedding here, I decided to go ahead with a simpler app which I am presently calling, “The Perfect Husband App” which is essentially a “cheat sheet” for husbands who want to say the words their wives actually want to hear.That app is up in googleplay.com, (“Available now for only 99 cents!” tee-hee ) BUT I’m working to make it prettier. If you happen to find it and download it for your Android, be assured that within the week, the changes that will pretty-it-up will be automatically inserted in your app. (You can see what I mean if you click on the last item in the list – “OUR Words for YOU! That’s the one pretty page that I hope to duplicate for the rest of the perfect husband list.) Continue reading From Ebook to App with Ibuildapp.com