I’ve looked in to quite a few means of marketing Forsaken By Shadow in the last few months. I’m doing a big blog tour in May. I’m looking into swapping chapters as end material with a few other indie authors. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, etc. But one thing that hadn’t occurred to me was making an iPhone app.
Today someone tweeted this link. Apparently, for $25 (plus, I’m sure, a publishing fee), iSites will create an app that pulls in all your content–blog feed, twitter stream, Facebook stuff, and who knows what else. Research on THAT led me to finding that you can turn ebooks themselves into their own app.
I am intrigued by this concept, being an iPhone owner myself, but I have to wonder about the marketability for fiction. For non-fiction works such as Mark Bitteman’s How To Cook Everything, an app is AWESOME. For $1.99, I downloaded an entire cookbook to my phone. It’s indexed and searchable. I can’t imagine, given that I have about 5 different reader apps on my phone, that I would necessarily want an entire app just for a work of fiction. I rather like having them organized in libraries. And as for the other web content…I can see this being pretty good for authors who are very popular and who have a lot of content on a regular basis, but I don’t see how it would be a worthwhile investment for someone like me who’s not known.
So I’ll solicit other opinions. Would you be interested in downloading apps from your favorite authors? Would you like books? Would you like author specific content? Inquiring minds want to know.