Archive for April, 2013

Our visit with Digital Storytime

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

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Earlier this week Carisa Kluver from Digital Storytime (one of our favorite app review sites) stopped by our office to say hello and talk book apps. Carisa has been reviewing book apps since 2010 so it was fun to chat with her about the many changes in the industry.

We recommend Digital Storytime to any teacher, librarian, or parent who wants to locate good quality book apps in an extremely crowded appstore. Carisa has reviewed over 700 book apps in the last few years and rates titles on interactivity, re-readability, educational quality, originality and more.

She also offers 29 curated book lists for topics including dinosaurs, dogs, seasons, moral stories, feelings, bathtime, sleep and much more. Plus, you can search for book apps based on the device you own (iPad, Android, Kindle Fire and NOOK Tablet.)

Thanks again for stopping by, Carisa. It was nice to finally meet you!

Carisa previewing an upcoming book app with Development Director, Greg Uhler


PadGadget Interview with Michel Kripalani

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Oceanhouse Media’s President Michel Kripalani recently sat down with PadGadget to discuss the Dr. Seuss apps and the significance of the iPad for children’s book apps. Below is an excerpt.

Behind the App with Oceanhouse Media President Michel Kripalani

Children’s book app developer Oceanhouse Media is well-known to iPad owners for their cutting edge digital — yet still faithful-to-print — versions of the Berenstain Bears, Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter series, and, of course, Dr. Seuss for iOS. If a reader wants to own Green Eggs and Hamor any of Dr. Seuss’ other classic titles on her iPad, she’s only going to find it as an omBook.

Company President Michel Kripalani shared his thoughts on how his company partnered with Dr. Seuss Enterprises, how to know when an apps has enough bells and whistles, and where the iPad will be in 5 years.

(PadGadget): Oceanhouse Media is well-known as the developer who brought Dr. Seuss to iOS. How did the relationship between OM and the Dr. Seuss estate develop?

(OceanHouse Media): As a UC San Diego graduate, I had an affiliation with the UCSD Geisel Library (named after Theodor Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) and was able to secure an introduction to Dr. Seuss Enterprises in 2009. From there, we had to pitch why Dr. Seuss would be great on an iPhone (the iPad had not yet been announced). Thankfully, they saw our vision. In the Fall of 2009 they gave us the approval to develop our first digital book app based on How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Its success led to us further partnering with Dr. Seuss Enterprises to bring all 44 classic Dr. Seuss titles to the app market. Over the last three years, we’ve developed over 40 Dr. Seuss apps including classic books, short stories, book collections, cameras and games, including the best-selling Dr. Seuss Band musical instrument game app.

To read the entire interview, visit PadGadget.

 


Oceanhouse Media’s President Michel Kripalani 
Named an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Semi-finalist in San Diego

Monday, April 8th, 2013

Oceanhouse Media, Inc. is excited to announce that its president, Michel Kripalani, is a semi-finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Award in the San Diego region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists will be named in May, with awards being presented at a special gala on June 13, 2013 at the Hyatt Aventine in La Jolla, Calif.

“I’m honored to be selected as a semi-finalist for this distinguished award,” said Michel. “As a serial entrepreneur, this is definitely wonderful inspiration for me, both on the professional and personal front.”

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. Now in its 27th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

For more information on the San Diego semi-finalists, please visit http://www.ey.com/US/en/Newsroom/News-releases/Ernst—Young-LLP-announces-Entrepreneur-Of-The-Year-R–semifinalists-in-San-Diego.

 

Michel Kripalani, president of Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Michel Kripalani, president of Oceanhouse Media.