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Book Apps vs. eBooks

What are ebooks and app books? It can be confusing. Distinguishing between the two can seem frustrating at first. I'd like to explain from my own experience how I define between the two.

What Do They Have In Common?

Firstly, they do have a few things in common: both contain stories and images, they are available digitally on hand held devices and computers, etc.

What Is The Difference?

A short and simple explanation: I would say it is in the level of experience. The level of interactivity (multi-touch vs. reading and static images only).


An ebook is a digital version of a printed book. You have the text and/or images. You can highlight, bookmark and turn the page. Some ebooks are designed so that it can read to you or you can record your own voice. But that is pretty much the extent of the experience.

Book Apps

Book apps, on the other hand, do all the above as an ebook but also allow the reader to experience interactivity that is beyond just reading or being read to. The key word…

Author/Illustrator Website Design Process

When it comes to creating a platform and setting up my social media, I feel it's been well overdue. In my spare time, I want to write so I am a little behind on getting my websites up. What is social media without a website? There seems to be a lot of places to connect and network and I want to allow my audience a place where they can learn about all the information I can make available. So, I'm setting out to design my site finally.

Initially, I am self-taught with Dreamweaver. I have basic knowledge of coding. With two months of studying Dreamweaver back in 2004, I managed to gain some skills and enough know how to begin using the software and found it useful to just create my layout in Photoshop and import to Dreamweaver and make further modifications there. So I am no expert coder. I'm right brained, too much coding makes my head spin. I just want to do the designing.

First, I make a sketch of the layout I desire as a foundation of what I want to create and I do this for…

App Book: The Mighty League, Vol. 1

Being an advocate for autism is something I take quite seriously as I am a parent of a child who is on the autism spectrum and I understand the struggles that they face regularly on a day to day basis.

The storybook app, The Mighty League, is wonderfully illustrated in a comic book style and the story is nicely written, flowing from one scene to the next. My son and I enjoyed this app as it gives insight from the perspective of a child with autism. The sounds that they encounter that are disturbing if not distracting, their tendency to specialize in a specified interest with large amounts of information on the subject they tend to study the most. These are some of the aspects that children on the autism spectrum face.

I believe in raising awareness about autism and I am happy to share news of the storybook app serie, which was recently released. It is based on Jonathan Murphy's perspective, who grew up with Aspergers.

I feel this is a great story that children with autism can relat…

Teapot Tales: A Collection of Unique Fairy Tales

I'm very excited to share that one of my chapter book stories, Crimson, is published in an anthology called, Teapot Tales: A Collection of Unique Fairy Tales. It was recently released on as an ebook along with a wonderful group of writers from the Chapter Book Challenge. My story is a different take on Red Ridding Hood. Retold as a chapter book. 

A very special thanks to Becky Fyfe! I'm very excited to have participated and have the opportunity to submit my story.

What is a Book App and Could YOU Create One?: How 27 Writers Did! by Karen Robertson

I am excited to announce that Karen Robertson's book, "What is a Book App and Could YOU Create One?: How 27 Writers Did!" is now available on amazon! If you are curious about developing a digital book app, this is a great start to read how 27 writers did. I am also among the writers interviewed in the book. Check it out!

What is a Book App
Also, to find even more incredible information about digital app book publishing and marketing, please visit Karen Robertson's wonderful website!
The publishing industry is changing. There are more opportunities for authors and illustrators to publish their work. If you are a writer and want to see your books published digitally, or if you are an illustrator or both, this is the time to start planning and developing your story! I have and it is an exciting opportunity to see your work come alive that is beyond the page of a printed book. Come join the revolution of interactive digital app books, where possibilities are only limit…

My blog intro

Hi there! I'm Julia but I also go by Jules. I am starting this blog as a place in cyberspace to share and express my passions for writing and illustrating children's books, character design, book covers designing, creating and developing interactive digital app books and surface pattern designs. 

I will be cataloging my progress and journey of obtaining each of my goals as I work on different projects.

I am also interested in networking with like-minded individuals who are involved in the publishing industry for children's books.

If you are interested to network with me, please do contact me. I'm always looking to share the latest news and updates of those in the industry.

Thank you for visiting my blog and hope you enjoy all the upcoming posts!