(PRWEB) June 30, 2011
A new partnership between nonPareil Institute and InteractBooks™ will produce interactive children’s e-books with the help of young adults with autism spectrum disorder who have the unique ability of designing animation, layout and sound for apps and computer games. The collaboration is a bonus for InteractBooks (http://www.interactbooks.com), which provides software and assistance to children’s authors who want to know how to make e-book applications.
Ezra Weinstein, InteractBooks CEO, explains that many children’s authors would like to take advantage of the burgeoning marketplace for educational Apple and Android apps and need technical and marketing support. Using InteractBooks’ newly created InteractBuilder, a freely downloadable e-book software for the Mac and PC platforms, and the technical skills of nonPareil’s talented crew, authors now can transform their ideas or already printed books into iPhone, iPad and, soon, Android apps. Authors and illustrators who make children’s e-books through InteractBooks can also join the InteractPublisher™ community for more benefits and services.
“We were going to develop our own software to create children’s interactive e-books,” says nonPareil founder/CEO Dan Selec, “and were very excited to learn that InteractBooks has the InteractBuilder already created. Now nonPareil’s team of developers can help authors with their technical support. In addition, we have many of our own student authors who would like to use InteractBuilder to make their own e-books.”
The first book to be created in this partnership is Kivi and the Lizard People written by Gayle McCain and illustrated by Gloria Caballe. This is a wonderful story about how parents and their children find the best way to turn temper tantrums into hugs. “I love the way the e-book comes alive through InteractBooks, and the child can read the words, interact with the story and learn new skills at the same time,” says author McCain.
InteractBooks (http://www.interactbooks.com and http://www.interactbuilder.com/) strives to provide the highest quality children’s e-books in an interactive format that takes advantage of touch-screen tablets and smartphone devices; the InteractBooks featured in the app are highly interactive. The InteractBooks app is available for free from the Apple iTunes App Store. Free children’s e-books can be downloaded by browsing the InteractBooks Store directly from the app. The InteractBuilder, which works with the InteractBooks app, is an easy-to-use downloadable e-book software that helps authors learn how to make children’s e-books that are highly interactive.
The nonPareil Institute (http://www.npitx.org), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, is dedicated to providing technical training to students who have been diagnosed with autism. The programs at nonPareil are technology-based and make use of artistic software, code generation products, 3D animation studio tools, digital sound applications and other creativity enabling tools. The programs prepare students for employment in the technology fields. They learn teamwork, create a sense of community, and achieve fulfilled lives.