Coliloquy Launches Ebook Apps for the Kindle

I predicted on Sunday that this coming year would see more innovations in apps than in ereaders, and it looks like one developer has decided to confound the issue. Coliloquy launched their first 4 ebook apps today, and they're exclusively available on the Kindle.

Coliloquy is joining a growing number of ebook app developers who are adapting existing stories and creating interactive reading experiences. These apps are the latest incarnation of an old genre of books.

If you're old enough you might recall the "Choose Your Own Adventure" books. This series, which originally launched in 1976, let readers choose the direction of the story. Every few pages the reader would come to  decision, and the outcome could men either success or doom.

Each of Coliloquy's 4 titles cost between $5 and $7. They're only available on the Kindle hardware, but Coliloquy does have plans to release apps for the Kindle Fire. That could be interesting; it might indicate that Coliloquy is planning Android apps or it might mean that Amazon will expand the Kindle's app support beyond the devices to include the Kindle apps as well (apps running apps - who woulda thunk it). Coliloquy is also planning to release 3 new titles this year.

I loved this genre as a kid, and I'm pleased to see it making a transition to digital form. But don't get too much caught up in the hype; the buzz today is all due to marketing, not the technology and content on display. This launch is interesting but it's not that innovative.

Anyone who follows ebook news will know that there already were interactive ebook apps on the Kindle, and that some titles have been available for over a year now. For example, Wizard's Choice was released last month, and the developer Choice of Games has been releasing these type of ebook apps since at least December 2010.

That being said, I'm about to go get a couple of Coliloquy books; I'm curious about how well they were adapted from the original linear novels.

 

Nate Hoffelder

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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.

6 Comments

  1. […] A couple weeks ago a new digital publisher burst onto the scene.Coliloquy was getting all sorts of buzz for their apps for the Kindle.  Like many developers […]

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  2. […] had first launched their apps on the Kindle in January of this year, and they had always planned to expand to other […]

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  3. […] in 2011, Coliloquy first got its start in developing interactive ebook apps for the Kindle (as in the Kindle ereaders, and not the Fire Android tablets).  As Amazon wound down the […]

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  4. Sheogorath5 July, 2015

    Will you make any of these apps available for Android, iOS, and Windows now that Amazon are killing app support on Kindle devices? Enquiring minds want to know. 🙂

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    1. Nate Hoffelder5 July, 2015

      I don’t think they plan to do so.

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  5. Sheogorath5 July, 2015

    Yeah, I actually addressed that comment to you because I got confused. I have multiple cognitive disabilities that I’m having a hard time with today. Sorry.

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