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Questions about publishing GS interactive books...

sinbotsinbot Posts: 100Member, PRO

Does anyone have any experience with using GS to make interactive books? Can you publish GS apps to iBooks?? Or would you just publish it to the App Store under the best category you can match it to?

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  • adent42adent42 Posts: 1,406Key Master, Head Chef, Executive Chef, Member, PRO GameSalad Employee

    So it depends on how much work you want to do and how much you think things will sell on a given store.

    AFAIK, iBooks uses the ePub3 format which is a sub/super(?) set of HTML. So there's a chance the HTML5 engine will work, but I'm not sure, because we render everything inside of an WebGL context, which makes book like features like indexing, ToC, selectable text not work.

    Knowing that I'd propose two possibilities:

    • Give your content a full interactive treatment and release it as an app.
    • Author your book in iBook and see if you can embed interactive elements from GameSalad's HTML5 engine into it.

    Good Luck!

  • stragstrag Posts: 545Member, PRO

    We published a couple of interactive children's books on iOS and G Play, we published them as apps in the children's category:

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.britanimation.aspaceadventure&hl=en-GB

    Not sure if your books are for adults or children. If they're for children please be aware that it's an INCREDIBLY competitive market. We unfortunately had hardly any downloads on both iOS and Android. Now it could be that our product was not good enough but everyone that did try it liked it. It's just that unless you can climb the charts no-one discovers your app and you don't climb the chart unless people discover your app! You would need to have a huge marketing budget to just become visible.

    The main thing that I learned from this experience is to find a category where there is not a huge amount of competition and push to be the absolute best in that particular genre. I've done that with subsequent apps and had more success.

    Sorry if this was all a bit negative and I hope you have a better experience than us but just wanted to pass on what we learnt.

    Good luck.

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