Some of you who attended the 2013 GNSi conference in Bar Harbor, Maine may remember Chuck Carter who gave an interesting presentation on the future of eBooks. Chuck started a new company a year ago and is now working on his first independent project. Using polar bears as the focal point, Chuck and his team are creating an interactive almanac about polarbears and the artic ecosystem in which they live. But this book is quarly aimed at a mas market. so it has interactivity, games, and a fiendly art style.
To get this project off the ground independent of the big publishers, Chuck is doing a Kickstarter campaign to raise wha i think is a very tight budget to get the job done.If you are intereted in seeing what interactive books are about, or have kids or adults who might be interested in polar bears, you can support this campaign at vvery modest levels and get a copy of the book for you ipad or mac. The streach goal is to move it to android and PCs if there is enough interest/pledges.
And because this is Kickstarter and not a Large publishing comapny, you can pledge a small amoung to just get what I expect will be very educational eletter updates on how they go about making an eBook, or pledge your way into the book as a recuring character or interact with the design team, if your pockets are deep enough.
Check out one of the may ways we as science artist may need to branch out in the future!
PS: Chuck maybe looking for some illustrators to provide support images for portions of the book. Stay tuned!
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