A very special book app
Our book app for iPads and Android tablets combines the wonderful story "Meta Morfoss" by the German writer Peter Hacks (1928-2003) with illustrations by the Russian illustrator, animator and game designer Max Litvinov (aka Kclogg).
What's special about the app is the "reading quest" format. Users read the text and search for particular keywords, which are animated when tapped, making something happen in the picture. Thus readers gradually make their way through the story. Users can switch between versions in three languages: German, English and Russian.
What is the story about?
At times Meta Morfoss turns herself into a mussel in a forest of seaweed, or an angel flying into the red of the night sky, or she gives the staff on a steam train a proper shock. Her parents and her aunt Herr Maffrodit are used to her antics, but her teacher Doktor Pauli and the garbage man Karsunke want her to behave as she should. Meta has to decide who she is so that people can get to know her properly! And what are a burglar, Albert Einstein and the violinist David Oistrakh doing in the story?
Don’t be surprised if at the end your tablet tells you “I’m Meta!” Often more is possible than we think...
German enhanced e-books and book apps are often aimed in terms of content and design at children who are still being read aloud to. However, our "Meta Morfoss" app is for children who can already read and for whom there is little available in app stores. We also want reading on a tablet to remain a scintillating, rewarding experience and that this be due to a literary text itself - not its retelling or adaptation but good, real literature.
We want to exploit the possibilities of programming to their utmost and combine great literature with wonderful illustrations and good design to make a unique app.
Our app will also therefore be of interest to literature lovers and experts.
Our book app for children focuses on reading and the text from which the illustrations should not distract. Our reading quest format is unique in the world. It combines the fun of reading with the fun of technology.
Our prototype is ready. Help and support us to produce our unique app for children! With your help we can have our "Meta Morfoss" app in the stores from mid-2014!
We will be able to pay the freelancers in our team – the illustrator, the UX/UI designer, the sound designer and the programmer. Some of the money will also go towards testing and preparing the launch in app stores.
Our publishing house Daktylos Media: Interactive Children's Books produces and distributes children's apps for iPads and Android tablets.
Anna Burck is responsible for the publishing side, editing, marketing and press relations, rights and licensing. She worked with several publishers during her studies of contemporary German literature and Russian in Berlin and Moscow. Afterwards, she managed several cultural projects, focusing on online editing and marketing. She is currently a freelance writer, editor and translator.
Nikolay Barabanov is responsible for project management, technical coordination, team management and distribution. He studied architecture in St. Petersburg and worked as an architect and head of project management for a renowned Moscow firm for several years.
We are producing our book apps with an international team of freelancers that is responsible for translation, illustration, UX/UI Design, sound design and programming.
Der Berliner Eulenspiegel Verlag hat sich 1990 mit den Verlagen Neues Leben und Das Neue Berlin zusammengeschlossen. Er bietet ein breites Spektrum an Belletristik und Sachbuch und hat die Gesamtausgabe von Peter Hacks' Werken herausgegeben.