A posting from October of 2014 (iBooks Author – Try Again?) showed that I was struggling with Apple’s iBooks Store. I wasn’t sure what to do with it. My book sales were underwhelming. Should I just give up or should I keep trying? Ultimately, I decided that I would keep trying. I looked at my past mistakes, which were listed in the article, and then I tried to learn from it. The end result was success. For a few days in December of 2015, A Book About Hype was the #1 “Computer & Internet” book on iTunes.
For the past few months, I’ve been struggling to figure out what to do with this website. There are lots of possibilities – but I don’t have free time like I used to. Maybe I could focus on game development. Maybe I could focus on tech news. I wasn’t sure, but I’ve been frequenting the Tumult Forums lately. They make a great web design and development app called Hype. Often, people would ask if there’s a book about Hype. There isn’t, so I figured that should be my next big project. I could make one.
Lately, Apple has been acting like an anorexic supermodel. It’s not enough for the new iPhone to be thin, it has to be super thin. It’s so thin that the camera sticks out like a bone against the skin. It’s the same trend with their Macs – thin, thin, thin. I began to have a technological-existential crisis. Are Apple products and services really right for me? Am I hindering my potential by staying within Apple’s ecosystem? I decided to approach this issue scientifically.
By reading the articles on this website, it’s not too hard to see that I like Apple products. Although, I can still be critical of the company. I recently gave Apple a 1-star review for iBooks Author. This review on iTunes was rated helpful over 150 times. Why? What’s the problem with a free program? It’s simple. Just compare iBooks Author to Pages. Both applications can create ebooks, but only one does it without strings attached.
This is not an April Fools Day joke. Photics.com doesn’t engage in such activities. This is serious news. After 2+ years of working on a Stencyl book, the project is now complete. It was a tough project, as learning Stencyl was more challenging than I expected. But unlike my struggles, soon the world will have access to this handy book. Perhaps it can speed up your understanding of Stencyl. Preorders are available – starting today – at the iBookstore!