The Austin American Statesman, in an article called “Storybook apps for kids a major topic among children's book writers and artists” noted:
In 2003, writer and Austinite Lindsey Lane and illustrator Melissa Iwai published an adorable children's book called "Snuggle Mountain."Deanna Roy, an Austin author and publisher at Casey Shay Press said:
This year, the story had a digital comeback. It was released as an app for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch devices in May.
Authors and developers can no longer settle for a book with a painting or puzzle game at the end. They have to be brilliant, interactive and bold….This is not all that surprising to me. What do you think? Are apps for kids’ e-books the next big step in children’s publishing? How long before all children’s e-books will have apps?
True apps offer interactivity and delightful unexpected features a paper book could never include. Otherwise, you just have a screen version of a paper book.