eBooks with Corona and our Growing Ecosystem

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Among the many great things going on around Corona SDK, we are very excited about its emergence in 2 areas:

1) As a platform for more than just games – in this case, specifically for building eBooks or book apps
2) As a platform for yet other platforms – a sure sign of a growing ecosystem

Last week we had a great event where we highlighted both of these areas. We met in San Francisco for Bringing Stories to Life – eBook Development with Corona SDK and hosted 3 great speakers:

Up first was David Gross, a photojournalist whom readers of this blog are already familiar with. He showed off some of his recent eBooks, including App of the Week winner eBook on the Golden Gate Bridge. He also talked about the XML-based platform he has designed to more easily build eBooks, with all sorts of rich animations and interactivity, and the ability to import projects directly from Adobe InDesign. David has not yet productized this platform, but this is in the works and he is looking for collaborators.

Our next speaker was Ron Martinez, from Aerbook. Aerbook is a recently launched, browser-based platform for designing all types of eBooks. Using the Aerbook platform you can quickly design rich experiences and then export them to all major eBook formats, and in the case of apps – as Corona SDK projects. We are proud to have partnered with Ron and will have more to talk about soon.

Finally, Alex Souza, a long-time Corona partner and maker of Kwik gave us a rundown of the product, some of the hit apps that have been made with it and the new upcoming release of Kwik 2 (coming in September!). Kwik is a tool that lets designers build beautiful interactive eBooks from within Photoshop and export them as Corona projects to be built and published. Kwik 2 adds all sorts of new features, including the ability to add custom code (still inside Photoshop), new types of animations, physics and more. The eBooks that have been built with Kwik really show off its power and ease of use – take a look at some on the Kwik showcase.

It was a fun and informative event and the 60 or so attendees had a great time learning about the products and meeting the people behind them. For those of you not in the Bay Area, we recorded the video and have posted it to our YouTube channel and embedded it below.

Thanks again to David, Ron and Alex!

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