The Book as iPad App
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The Book as iPad App

Interactive ebooks and their future for education. Learn how new book formats are enabling better learning experiences.
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Created by Nicole Hennig
Last updated 4/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • familiarity with some of the best books apps currently available and understanding of what makes them the best
  • specific information to help you become an expert reviewer of book apps
  • ideas and inspiration for creating your own interactive books (a future course)
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  • You'll get the most from this course if you have your own iPad and a budget of approximately $15 - $50 to spend on book apps mentioned in the course.

iPads are everywhere, touching off a revolution of innovative books being published as apps—book apps that take advantage of the iPad's multi-touch interface and multimedia capabilities.

In this course, you'll become familiar with specific book apps in different categories, and learn how these apps are pushing the boundaries of the medium.

We will NOT be discussing plain text titles available on the Kindle, Nook, & other platforms. Instead we'll focus on multimedia, interactive books that are released as individual apps, such as London: A City Through Time (available in the iTunes store for iPads).

In each section of the course you'll watch video demos of particular interactive book apps, read several interesting articles and discuss everything in the class forums. There is a total of about 8-10 hours of work, which you can do at your own pace, with perpetual access.

We'll have discussions about the future of the book as a medium.

● What do these changes mean for readers, libraries, authors, and publishers?

● What are the qualities of a delightful reading experience?

● How are these apps enabling learning and which features and qualities enable a the best experience for readers?

A resource guide is included, with links to recommended book apps, additional readings, publishers to watch and blogs to follow.

Who is the target audience?
  • educators (K-12 or higher ed)
  • librarians (from all types of libraries)
  • authors (get ideas for your own interactive books)
  • publishers (become familiar with what's possible when a book is an app)
Curriculum For This Course
72 Lectures
Examples: what is a book app?
10 Lectures 02:16
Overview of section 2

Reading: Interactive ebook apps: the reinvention of reading

Reading: Some differences between ebooks, enhanced books, and apps

Reading: E-books and Their Containers: A Bestiary of the Evolving Book

Reading: Are apps the future of book publishing?

Reading: Reinventing the book for the digital age

Reading: How paperbacks transformed the way Americans read

Discuss the readings

Contribute your own app reviews

Elements of an app review
Nonfiction, reference, and fiction
17 Lectures 01:19:41
How to optimize video viewing

London: a City Through Time ($13.99, iPad) - get the app
(8:42, pt 2)
Reference: London - A City Through Time, pt.2

Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model ($.99, universal) - get the app (13:13)
Reference: Solar Walk - 3D Solar System Model

LIFE Digital Photo Guide by Joe McNally ($14.99 ipad) - get the app
Non-fiction: LIFE Digital Photo Guide

Vegetarian How to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman ($9.99, universal) - get the app (11:32)
Non-fiction: Vegetarian How to Cook Everything

Frankenstein for iPad and iPhone ($4.99, universal) - get the app (7:18)
Fiction: Frankenstein for iPad & iPhone

Fiction: Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

The Survivors (a young adult novel) ($12.99, universal) - get the app (9:26)
Fiction: The Surviors (a young adult novel)

Reading: Why Should Books Still Be Books When They're on Tablets?

Reading: The year the book became a luxury object

Reading: What Readers Need vs. What Devices Can Do

Reading: iPads In Health And Medicine: More Than An Information Revolution?

Reading: 10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education

Discuss the readings

Contribute your own app reviews
Children's books and graphic novels
20 Lectures 01:08:22
Children's: Pop Out! The Tale of Peter Rabbit

This video was made for my Apps for Librarians course, so I talk about the concept of "books as apps" at the beginning (until 1:13). Feel free to ignore that part and enjoy the rest!
Alice for iPad ($8.99, universal) and Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross ($6.99, iPad only) - get the Alice appget the Pedlar Lady app
Children's: Alice for iPad & Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross

Bobo Explores Light ($4.99, iPad only) - get the app
Children's: Bobo Explores Light

Wild About Books ($4.99, iPad only) - get the app
Children's: Wild About Books

Comics: Comics by ComiXology

Age of Bronze "Seen" ($.99, for iPad) - get the app
Comics: Age of Bronze "Seen"

Meanwhile for iOS ($4.99, universal) - get the app
Comics: Meanwhile for iOS

Madefire (free, universal) - get the app
Comics: Madefire

Learn about a beautifully designed comic book app.

Comics - An excellent example: CIA Operation AJAX

Children at Northwood Primary School discuss the pros and cons of reading stories on electronic devices and paper books.

Children's views on paper books vs. ebooks

Has our technology — our cell phones and iPods and cameras — stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity.

TED Talk: Using tech to enable dreaming

Reading: What makes a good picture book app?

Reading: The Renaissance of the interactive book

Reading: What is the future of storytelling?

Reading: What today's digital native children can teach the rest of us about technology

Reading: Art Spiegelman on the future of the book

Reading: Interview - creating CIA: Operation AJAX

Reading: The E-Book's the Thing

Discuss the readings

Contribute your own app reviews
Innovation and the user experience of reading
16 Lectures 47:21
Short form: Citia - What technology wants

The Atavist (free, universal) - get the app and TED Books (free, universal) - get the app
Short-form: The Atavist & TED Books

Paperless, by David Sparks (available in iBooks, made with iBooks Author) ($9.99, for iPad) - get the book in iBooks
Made with iBooks Author - Paperless

Made with iBooks Author - What's in the video

Made with iBooks Author - video

Textbooks: Inkling

Reading: App, meet book

Reading: Designing books in the digital age

Reading: What will become of the paper book?

Reading: Short-form publishing - a new content category

Reading: You are not in the book business, you are in the long-form content bus

Reading: 'Social reading' the next phase of e-book revolution

Reading: Father and daughter work together to publish an ebook on iTunes

Reading: Re-Enabled iOS’s impact on those with impairments isn’t just a marketing slide; it’s profound.

Discuss the readings

Contribute your own app reviews
4 Lectures 01:20

Supplemental readings

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About the Instructor
Nicole Hennig
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User Experience Professional
Helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies

Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies. She is the author of two books, Best Apps for Academics, and Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage.

She offers a variety of instructional resources that bring people from novice to expert, and helps spark ideas for creative uses of mobile technologies.


She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. She has designed and conducted user experience research, usability tests, websites, web applications, and online instruction.


She has won several awards, including the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award for Innovative Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year.

Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively.