Picklets: new ways to pop up in digital books

A media release went out this week pitching Picklets as “A new opportunity for animators, illustrators and authors to get digital”. From the release;

Could we lose more than just the feel and smell of a book as we move to reading digitally? Have you considered what will happen to the traditions of pop-up books, comics and children’s picture books in the digital world? Picklets is an e-publishing platform for interactive picture books that blends reading and animation to replicate these much-loved book forms for digital natives.

Here’s the pdf version of the full Picklets Press Release.

My thanks to  @McFifi for driving it.

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Picklet promo video

Today I’ve been trying out style and tech for individual picklet promotional videos.

This is something that I’d like to do for each picklet published in the Picklets app.

The concept is to provide a 30 second grab of content/author bio, equivalent to the in-app picklet preview, but intended for embedding in web pages on picklets.net and the author’s own web sites.

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Picklets launched

The Picklets Launch on Monday went off, enthusiastically attended by about 50 people packed into the 30-seated-capacity theatre at LOOP.

‘Mummy in the House!’ author Peter Nishitani skyped in from early morning Boston and Ben Hutchings and Arran McKenna did a live reading of ‘The 3 Baddest Bandits of the Wild Wild West’;


My thanks to all who joined the celebration.

Onwards to version 2 and new picklets!

If you’re interested in making picklets get in touch with stewarthaines@gmail.com.

Download the Picklets app now from the App Store.

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April Author Workshop

An introduction for writer/illustrators interested in making interactive picture books for the Picklets app on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad.

  • Where: Wheeler Centre Workshop Space Boardroom, 176 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
  • When: 6:00 6:15 – 7:30pm Wednesday April 18
  • How much: Free

Bring a laptop if you have one.

RSVP to stewarthaines@gmail.com

UPDATED: Start time changed to 6:15pm and we’ll be in the Boardroom. Wheeler Centre reception will direct you.

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Picklets Launch

Picklets is in the Australian App Store and we’re having a party!

Join us at LOOP bar next Monday evening to celebrate the launch of the app and the first two picklets published;

‘The 3 Baddest Bandits of the Wild Wild West’ by Ben Hutchings with Arran McKenna and Jase Harper, and

‘Mummy in the House!’ by Peter Nishitani.

  • 6:30 – 8pm Monday April 16
  • LOOP
  • 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne

There’s a Facebook event for the Picklets launch.

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