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E-Book Publishing – iphone/ipad/e-book – some notes

Children’s books on ipad and iphone

Thought I’d share some notes on e-publishing, especially with all the excitement generated by ipad. I have two picture books coming out myself on iphone and am looking forward to having picture books on ipad!



Most of the iphone publishers pay better [some much better] royalties than book publishers.

Though the RRP cost of books is low, volume of sales is high compared to hard copy books.

Folk buying an e-book for iphone often buy the hardcopy too if the child likes the book.

If you are publishing with an iphone company who works with  the big publishers or with big children’s media companies, then it potentially brings your work to the attention of  some important networks/people. It puts you book into good company!


Starts with costing you the author.

There is a setup fee or the set up cost is taken out of your royalties.

You have to make your own audio and ensure it is of ‘professional’ quality or pay to have  the iphone publisher produce it for you. American iphone book producers like to use American accents [sorry Aussies].

If they format the text into the images for you that is a cost as well.

You have to submit the completed book upfront  [not such a hassle for the author/illustrator] as a pdf. For author working with illustrator  it means either you pay the illustrator upfront or they work with you with  royalties in mind. If it is accepted  you may find you have to then submit each frame [individual jpeg image] resized to iphone format . This can mean force sizing, which can distort the image slightly.  If you do not do this yourself, there is a cost for them to do it.

Like all publishers, they are selective.

I have books soon to come out with PicPocket Books and istorytime. [See my website for updates www.jenniferrpoulter.weebly.com ] For a preview of “Toofs!”, to come out with PicPocket Books, see the interview with Susan Whitfield [http://susanwhitfield.blogspot.com/search?q=Poulter ].




Good format for b&w and has growing audience.


No colour.




Is all the buzz – is touted as new direction in children’s publishing [most recently at CAL seminar in Brisbane recently].  Not seen as replacing hard copy but as important new outlet.

Penguin are already there, are going for interactive stories on ipad. Exciting! [see UTube and http://www.engadget.com/…/penguins-ipad-formatted-books-shown-off-making- waves/ ] All the same pluses for iphone also apply here and more.


Same companies doing iphone are now doing ipad as well so the cost  structure may still apply – may change too as ipad is much more flexible than iphone and is beautifully suited to picbooks. Because of this, there may not [note may not] be the same need for audio.

Ripple Reader


If your book is already in hardcopy, it is ‘free’ [yep that’s right] to load your book onto Ripple Reader and free to join the company.  Ripple Reader pays royalties! It is an exciting innovation that makes your published book accessible much, much more widely.


Your book must exist in a published version first, so that the editing process it has gone through ensures production quality.

Recommended Reading

Latest SCBWI Newsletter [March/April 2010] page 22 – article by Elizabeth O. Dulemba titled, “My 1st iPhone Picture Book App”. Elizabeth was published with a company called Rhodesoft.com [“Reading Rhino”]. I don’t know as much about them, but they do also require a set up fee.







11 responses to “E-Book Publishing – iphone/ipad/e-book – some notes

  1. KatApel June 20, 2010 at 5:10 am

    Thanks Jennifer. Greatly appreciate you compiling and sharing this list. I will be sure to share the link during our digital publishing #pblitchat. And huge congrats on all the exciting things you have rolling out. 🙂

  2. jrpoulter June 20, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Thank you Kat! 🙂 Hope it is helpful! Will try to link into your Picture Books Only Twitter Chat!
    For the rest of you – Kat is talking to Kate Eltham of QWC on e-picture books on Monday 21st June at 11.30am Australia time.
    Best Jennifer

  3. KatApel June 20, 2010 at 7:20 am

    If anyone is interested in joining us for #pblitchat, it’s weekly; Sunday 6:30pmPST & 9:30pmEST (USA)which is Monday 11:30amEST (Oz).

    If you’ve not taken part in a Twitter chat before, http://katswhiskers.wordpress.com/2010/05/04/how-to-twitter-chat/ will simplify the process for you.

    AND there’s more information about #pblitchat at http://picturebooksonly.wordpress.com/.

    Thanks Jennifer. 🙂

  4. Dr David Reiter June 20, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Thanks, Jennifer. If your readers want more detailed information on publishing eBooks, I’d ask them to check out my serial entitled Your eBook Survival Kit: http://ipoz.biz/DPC/eBook_SurvivalKit.htm.

    It’s interactive, in that people can write back to the Series and have their questions answered (technical & otherwise) before the final eBook is released.

    I should mention that IP is proud to be at the first Australian publisher (as far as I know!) approved as a content provider by Apple Inc for the iPad (& iPhone). More information on IP’s initiatives with Apple, Amazon etc: http://ipoz.biz/DPC/DPC.htm

  5. jrpoulter June 20, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Congratulations David! Way to go!

  6. James Pope July 5, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    i am about to invest in the new iphone 4. Potentials for kids book apps is great – totally mobile kid entertainment.

  7. Merlyn August 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Thank you very much my friend, you are very kind in sharing this useful information with others….
    The details were such a blessing, thanks.

  8. Jena Paras August 24, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Thanx for putting this content here. It is purely informative, especially for me.

  9. Ipadgeek7 June 2, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    This is a great article. With improved readership and amazing publishing apps like Presspad http://presspadapp.com/ I bet that digital publishing is here to stay.

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