Ground-Breaking Interactive eBook Authoring Tool Skyreader Studio™ now in open Beta

Skyreader Announces an Open Beta Program of The Industry’s First Cross-Platform Authoring Tool for Interactive Children’s Books.


Follow this link http://skyreader.ca/studio to activate your beta account.

Skyreader™ Media, a leading developer and publisher of interactive children’s book apps for the Apple® iPad® and other mobile devices, launches the open beta launch of Skyreader Studio™. Skyreader’s new proprietary self-publishing platform is the industry’s first authoring tool focused on creating fully immersive interactive eBooks and supports all major eBook devices and formats

Skyreader’s new platform is the first to offer a complete set of the self-publishing tools needed to create fully interactive and engaging content normally only achievable through expensive custom programming.

Current authoring tools for eBooks produce simple reading experiences that feature static text, simple graphics, and limited multimedia and interactive functionality. With the new Skyreader Studio platform, authors and publishers can go far beyond the traditional capabilities to easily create richer, more interactive, child-friendly experiences.

Skyreader Studio is a fully web browser-based authoring platform, featuring an instantaneous preview within the browser or on an iPad®. Output formats include native support for iOS and Android via the Skyreader Bookshelf as well as ePub2, ePub3, HTML5, to support all major eBook devices and applications.

 

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Privacy Policy for Children’s Apps

Skyreader Media Inc. will not collect any data personal or otherwise from the Children’s Apps they create.

 

Outside of the child-proof parental section these apps:

Do not have in-app purchases
Do not collect personal information.
Do not integrate with social networks.
Do not use analytics or other data collection tools.

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Junior / Intermediate Developer Required

JOB DESCRIPTION:

This position involves working with the web development team. You will become part of the team building the next generation online book creation site. The right individual for this role will be a motivated and energetic developer who takes initiative, enjoys finding solutions to a varying number of challenges, is detail-oriented, and takes extreme pride in their work.

REQUIREMENTS/SKILLS:

  • 2+ years of rapid web development, using PHP, Javascript, HTML, JavaScript, CSS, and SQL preferred.
  • Candidates should have proven PHP and Javascript experience as well as a solid understanding of Object Oriented Design and Programming.
  • Experience using Apache.
  • Familiar with the Linux environment.
  • A solid understanding of web application development processes, from the layout/user interface to relational database structures.
  • Strong communication and writing skills.
  • Ability to communicate directly with peers and managers.
  • Strong organization skills to manage multiple timelines and complete tasks quickly.
  • Ability to grow professionally in a highly flexible and fast-moving environment.
  • Optionally familiar the Object-C as a bonus.
  • Optionally familiar with ActionScript and FLEX.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Creation of site layout/user interface from provided design concepts by using standard HTML/CSS practices.
  • Placement and layout of web site pages given provided content and mockups.
  • Development of robust and user-friendly PHP/Javascript/HTML web applications.
  • Design and creation of relational database schemas.
  • SQL development using MyQSL.
  • Application/Framework design as needed.
  • Specifications/Requirements gathering as needed.
  • Routine daily maintenance of existing sites and applications.

DAILY TASKS:

  • Assist in gathering requirements and project specifications
  • Take ownership of daily task needs and communications.
  • Communicate project status and deliverables with managers.
  • Participate in daily SCRUM meetings.
  • Design, create and program SQL Server databases per project needs.
  • PHP/HTML/CSS/Javascript development per project needs.
  • Manage project tasks, timelines, and communication.
  • Perform routine site maintenance as needed.
  • Other tasks as needed for successful project completion.
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Skyreader™ Media Launches Ground-Breaking Skyreader Studio™

Skyreader Media Launches Ground-Breaking

Skyreader Studio

Skyreader Announces an Open Beta Program of The Industry’s First Cross-Platform Authoring Tool for Interactive Children’s Books.

TORONTO (November 15, 2012) – Skyreader™ Media, a leading developer and publisher of interactive children’s book apps for the Apple® iPad® and other mobile devices, announces the open beta launch of Skyreader Studio™.Skyreader’s new proprietary self-publishing platformis the industry’s first authoring tool focused on creating fully immersive interactive eBooks and supports all major eBook devices and formats. Currently in open beta, Skyreader Studio is expected to fully launch in Q1 2013.

Skyreader’s new platform is the first to offer a complete set of the self-publishing tools needed to create fully interactive and engaging content normally only achievable through expensive custom programming.

Having worked with authors and publishers to create immersive interactive children’s book apps, we know what it takes to stand out from the crowd,” said Skyreader Media CEO, Kevin Gillis. “However, until now, authors and publishers have had to choose between settling for less-than-exciting experiences or spending tens of thousands of dollars in custom development to create truly great ones. With Skyreader Studio, the next-generation of storytelling will be easy. Our authoring platform provides access to all major publishing formats and distribution channels

Current authoring tools for eBooks produce simple reading experiences that feature static text, simple graphics, and limited multimedia and interactive functionality. With the new Skyreader Studio platform, authors and publishers can go far beyond the traditional capabilities to easily create richer, more interactive, child-friendly experiences.

Skyreader Studio is a fully web browser-based authoring platform, featuring an instantaneous preview within the browser or on an iPad®. Output formats include native support for iOS and Android via the Skyreader Bookshelf as well as ePub2, ePub3, HTML5, to support all major eBook devices and applications.

Authors, publishers, and self-publishers can find out more at www.SkyreaderMedia.com

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Media Contact: Andrew Jackson, ajackson@skyreadermedia.com

About Skyreader™ Media

Skyreader™ Media is the developer of Skyreader Studio™, a web-based platform for the creation, development, production and distribution of fully interactive e-books. Skyreader is a developer and publisher of mobile eBook apps for the Apple® iPad® and other tablet devices. Skyreader’s™ exclusive content and proprietary technology positions it as a market leader in immersive and interactive eBooks for children of all ages. With access to over 5000 book titles and exclusive licenses for 1500 titles, Skyreader™ is enabling next-generation storytelling in new and engaging ways. 

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Draw Along Pip Nominated for Variety Entertainment Award

November 09, 2012 08:00 AM Eastern Time 

Variety Entertainment App Awards Finalists and Judges Announced

Winners to Be Announced at Awards Dinner on November 29th, 2012

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Application Developers Alliance received hundreds of submissions to the first-ever Entertainment App Awards. An internal committee selected three finalists in each of ten categories. The finalists will be evaluated on innovation, design, usability, fit and overall experience. Winners will be recognized at an awards dinner on November 29, 2012 in Los Angeles following the Variety Entertainment Apps Conference.

Finalists include:

1 Best Second Screen TV App: ConnecTV; Discovery Channel HD (Bottle Rocket Apps); The Walking Dead Story Sync (AMC)
2 Best Smart TV App: Pandora; Hulu Plus; HBO Go (HBO)
3 Mobile Innovation Award for Social TV App: Showtime Sync (Showtime Networks, Inc.); Discovery Channel HD (Bottle Rocket Apps); DJ Pauly D, Beat that Boardwalk (MEDL Mobile)
4 Best Technology in Social and Interactive TV: ConnecTV; Showtime Sync (Showtime Networks, Inc.); MobiTV
5 Best App Supporting a Film Launch: Fix-It Felix (Disney Interactive); My Wild Night With Ted (MEDL Mobile for Universal Pictures); Happy Feet Two: The Penguin App (1K Studios for Warner Bros. Pictures)
6 Best Entertainment IP-based Mobile Game: The Hunger Games Adventures (Funtactix Inc. for Lionsgate); VeggieTales: The League of Incredible Vegetables (Thruster Apps); The Walking Dead: The Game (Telltale Games for AMC)
7 Best Social Discovery App: NextGuide (Dijit Media, Inc.); Fandango Mobile App; Showtime Sync (Showtime Networks, Inc.)
8 Best Music App: Spotify; Shazam; iHeartRadio (Clear Channel Media and Entertainment)
9 Best Kids Entertainment App: FRANKENWEENIE-FY YOUR PET (Watson DG); Skylanders Giants (Toys for Bob, Activision Publishing); Draw Along Pip (Skyreader Media)
10 Entertainment App Developer of the Year 2012: Watson DG; Bottle Rocket Apps; Activision Publishing

The Application Developers Alliance selected a panel of judges to determine the winners. The hand-selected panel includes representatives from Mobile Deluxe, Neustar, AppStori, Distimo, Bunchball, Kid Tech Columnist, USA Today.com and Gannett News, Digital Mind State, SleepyGiant and Google TV. Celebrity host and special guest appearance to be announced next week.

The Entertainment Apps Conference + Awards are sponsored by Distimo, The Echo Nest, Tapjoy, Newvue, 1K Studios, Mobile Deluxe, Medl Mobile, 2013 International CES, Parks Associates and SAG-AFTRA.

More information can be found online at www.variety.com/entertainmentapps. For information about sponsorship and group registrations, please contact Variety’s Publishing Director, Linda Buckley-Bruno at linda.buckley@variety.com or 323-617-9429.

About Application Developers Alliance

The Application Developers Alliance is an industry association dedicated to meeting the unique needs of application developers as creators, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Alliance members include more than 15,000 individual application developers and dozens of companies, investors, and stakeholders in the apps ecosystem.

About Variety

Variety is the leading publication for business entertainment news, recognized and respected throughout the world of show business. The Variety Group – Daily VarietyDaily VarietyGotham, Variety, Variety.com, LA 411, Variety 411 – are owned by Variety Media, LLC, a division of Penske Business Media.

Contacts

Variety:
Linda Buckley Bruno
323-617-9429
linda.buckley@Variety.com
or
Application Developers Alliance:
Courtney Lamie
276-492-4248 (mobile)
Courtney@AppAlliance.org

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Skyreader Media launches new interactive iPad eBook App with San Diego Zoo

Bestselling Children’s Author Leslie McGuirk and Author-Restaurateur Alex von Bidder reprise their hit character Wiggens in new San Diego Zoo-themed adventure

TORONTO and SAN DIEGO – (August 28, 2012)

Having earned praise from the likes of Martha Stewart, Tom Brokaw, Mary Higgens Clark, Tim Zagat, and Dick Parsons with their first collaboration, Wiggens Learns His Manners At the Four Seasons Restaurant, Leslie McGuirk and co-author and restaurateur Alex von Bidder have brought back Wiggens for an all new adventure in his first fully interactive iPad ebook, Wiggens Makes Friends at the San Diego Zoo, produced by Skyreader Media.

In Wiggens Makes Friends at the San Diego Zoo, the lovable Chocolate Labrador puppy takes children behind the scenes to places rarely seen by visitors, and involves them in activities such as feeding and engaging with the animals. Inspired by the immersive experiences Skyreader Media created in their recent chart-topping iPad eBook Draw Along Pip (also authored by McGuirk), Wiggens Makes Friends at the San Diego Zoo captures children’s imaginations through interactive means that encourage discovery, exploration, and conservation awareness.

“We are thrilled to work with the San Diego Zoo, an incredible brand known for its commitment to the preservation of animals and the environments that they live in. With the launch of Wiggens Makes Friends at the San Diego Zoo, we are also marking our continuing momentum into the top tier of children’s eBook apps,” said Skyreader Media CEO Kevin Gillis.

“We are an organization dedicated to putting people in touch with animals,” said Ted Molter, Director of Marketing for San Diego Zoo Global. “These books help us do this by reaching out to children in a fun and informative way – building interest in endangered species.”

“It is vital for an artist and writer to be inspired by a new project. As a huge animal lover, the opportunity to work with the world famous San Diego Zoo has put me inside a world of immense creative possibilities,” said Leslie McGuirk. “I love how with Skyreader Media I can take great storytelling to the next level into a multimedia experience I couldn’t have imagined even a few years ago.”

Skyreader’s Wiggens Makes Friends at the San Diego Zoo is available now from Apple’s App Store, as well as on Skyreader Media’s website bookshelf at www.SkyreaderMedia.com. A part of the proceeds of the sale of the app will go to support the San Diego Zoo.

About Skyreader™ Media

Skyreader™ Media is a developer and publisher of mobile eBook apps for the Apple® iPad® and other tablet devices. Skyreader’s™ exclusive content and proprietary technology positions it as a market leader in immersive and interactive eBooks for children of all ages. With access to over 5000 book titles and exclusive licenses for 1500 titles, Skyreader™ is enabling next generation storytelling for children and parents in all new and engaging ways.

About San Diego Zoo

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park (historically referred to as the Wild Animal Park), which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

Media Contacts

Sabrina Propper ▪ spropper.rpipr@gmail.com ▪ 818.515.5798

SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL PUBLIC RELATIONS ▪ 619-685-3291

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Sneak Peek – Wiggens at the San Diego Zoo

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