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E-book Revolution Podcast Ep 16: iBooks Alternatives – How To Make A Book App With Authorly

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AuthorlyI’m not sure what it is that gives me such a pathological dislike for monopolies, but in any case I don’t really do Apple. An Apple is something I want to eat, not sit in front of. No Apple product has ever played nice with my other equipment and was always too much trouble to integrate it into my life. As such, you can imagine it’s been a bit of a bee in my bonnet for the past couple of years that the only way to make an enhanced and interactive e-book at a reasonable price has been iBooks Author. Which I can’t access without a Mac. Cheers Apple. Which was why when I heard about Authorly, I had to contact them for an interview. Finally, a way I could experiment in the book app space without having to buy a whole new computer! Without having to spend tens of thousands working with an app developer!Adam Kaslikowski

Authorly is a free tool which allows authors to create interactive book apps -whether they be children’s books, graphic novels, comics or multimedia non-fiction books – and then distributes them not only into the iTunes app store, but into the Google Play store and Kindle Fire store. This tool has opened up a whole new frontier and green field’s opportunity. I think we all remember how some indie authors’ careers were successfully launched due to the early days of Amazon Kindle, and I can’t help but think the App stores for Kindle Fire and Google Play will open up similar opportunities for authors to get in while there is little competition and secure those number 1 sports.

In this podcast I talk to the CEO of Authorly, Adam Kaslikowski, about many things including:

  • How Authorly works and the revenue share
  • How indie authors can create their own children’s book apps with no developer and no upfront cost
  • Why now is the time to get into the book app space, particularly for children’s book authors
  • Why Authorly is different to iBooks (This has nothing to do with the platforms!)
  • Why you are restricting your audience if you just use iBooks Author.
  • What animations can be added to your book
  • How long it takes to launch an app on each platform
  • Which platform is the most popular for book apps.
  • How Google Play has a much larger share of the app market then you think
  • The optimum page length for book apps.
  • How you can you take your out of printed children’s book and use Authorly to creat a digital version
  • What the bestselling book apps have in common
  • Why it’s important for children’s books to not only appeal to kids but also to parents
  • How to get reviews for your app.
  • What factors count towards being listed on a ‘best seller’ list in the app store
  • The ‘sweet spot’ for the number of features and animations you should include in your app
  • Why you can’t just create a book app without any features.
  • How to stop kids getting distracted from the story
  • Why book apps as good, if not better, at teaching children to read.
  • The most popular features in book apps (between Animations/video/audio)
  • How you should price book apps
  • Strategies for children’s book authors to use apps to boost print sales.
  • What sort of story is best suited to a book apps
  • Can use for non-fiction books like cook books etc.
  • The mistakes authors make with book apps
  • And you get your app discovered


Hope you enjoy the show! And remember, I love hearing from Listeners and readers so please drop me a line at

emily (at) ebookrevolution (dot) com (dot) au


Emily’s non-fiction book E-Book Revolution: The Ultimate Guide to E-book success is now available at Kobo, Amazon and Bkclb (Australian e-book store). If you enjoy her tongue in cheek style you may also enjoy her comedy novel set in Facebook, The Grand Adventures of Madeline Cain: Photographer Extraordinaire also available from Kobo,Amazon and Bkclb. Thinking of doing your own crowd funding project? Hire Emily’s brain! Emily has successfully conducted her own crowd funding project and interviewed many other authors on the subject, she know exactly what is needed to get a project off the ground. Contact her about it on the above email address.


What are you thoughts about moving into book apps? What would you turn into a book app? Do you have any experiences creating one?

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11 Responses

  1. Supporting u! Love your tweets!

  2. Dan Taylor says:

    Will definitely be checking out Authorly. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Emily Craven says:

      Pleasure, I’m not a children’s book author myself but I definitely think I’m going to try using Authorly for some of my travel narratives (I have thousands of photographs I can take advantage of on my harddrive – and they don’t look too shabby if I do say so myself!). Talking to Adam definitely had me wishing I was a cook though! A cookbook app?? Could build yourself an empire with that!

  3. Riley Weber says:

    Great podcast! -Very inspiring. You asked some great questions to Adam, the CEO of Authorly. I was taking notes all the way through. I’ve have recently published a few children’s book apps using the Authorly platform, such as “Tongue Twisters for Kids” and “Funny Jokes”. It’s pretty easier (especially after their helpful video tutorials). It was fun adding simple animations and I love adding the voiceovers. Right now I’m waiting for Apple’s and Google Play’s approval before the book apps go live. This podcast made me excited for future additions to Authorly. I would recommend checking them out, especially if you are a children’s book author or illustrator.

    • Emily Craven says:

      Glad to hear from someone who has used the platform for their children’s books! That would mean your books are up on Kindle Fire then if all you’re waiting for is Apple and Google, congrats.

      I imagine the Authorly tutorials would have showed you the mechanics and the podcast would have gone more into the real world observations e.g. whether video, audio, or animations worked best, What the best apps had in common etc.

      Thanks for dropping in :)

  4. So glad to find this site! I’ll be putting your podcast on my short list of regularly followed resources. Thank you!

  5. Hi Emily,

    I made a video based on your interview with Authorly creator here on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pU53EOWNZYE&list=PLkHPPpAaV6zYSHADQKQal2kF6stinThpC and I hope you like it. I linked it back to your podcast here in description of the video. Thanks for doing the interview. Warmly, Sam

    • Emily Craven says:

      Thanks very much for letting us know Sam, and glad you found the interview helpful. I have to admit though, I’m a bit confused as to why you would make a video, as it mainly just scrolls through the same page of the Authorly website…

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