It all began when John started telling his mum, Jane Ross, about the lake near their house where he loves to go and catch fish.
Such was John’s enthusiasm, Jane decided to make a book about his experience. Taking John down to the lake, she took photos on her iPhone along the way and when they returned, they sat down together and made an ebook using Book Creator for iPad.
John chose the photos and sentences for the book, and with his mum’s help read aloud each page and saved the audio to the book.
John and Jane got such a good reaction to this book from classmates and friends that they decided to publish the book on the iBookstore. Although normally a quite technical process, this was made easier because Book Creator already formats the book so it meets Apple’s requirements for the iBookstore, plus Jane had already published a few books to iTunes by then.
It’s worth pointing out at this point that Jane Ross is an Apple Distinguished Educator who specialises in iPad teaching in Asia! She had some experience in publishing to the iBookstore but this is the first time she’d ever written a book with her son.
After waiting a few weeks for the book to appear on iTunes, what happened next was very unexpected.
Within a month Little Fish had reached the top 40 in the US iBookstore, within 2 months the book had been downloaded over 3,000 times! As of September 2013 the book has been downloaded 7,800 times worldwide.
The book has had several reviews in France and it has also been reviewed in Germany, US, Australia, Netherlands and the UK.
What can we learn from this? Sometimes it’s the little things which have the biggest impact. There are a few reasons why a book like this can prove so popular:
It is amazing to think that people can now share their stories in this way. My son’s book is regularly featured by Apple in the iBookstore alongside professional authors such as Beatrix Potter. John gets feedback about his book from people on the other side of the world.
John’s book is an absolute delight, and a well deserved success for him and Jane. It’s truly incredible that a 5 year old’s story can now be amplified using the iPad and creativity apps to a global audience. This is an exciting time for parents and teachers, but more importantly it’s a fantastic time to be a kid!