Mood eReader : Adds atmosphere to ebooks using video & sound
Mood eReader : Adds atmosphere to ebooks using video & sound
Mood eReader is a revolutionary ebook reader for mobile devices that brings your ebooks to life by adding genre specific video & sound.
Mood eReader is a revolutionary ebook reader for mobile devices that brings your ebooks to life by adding genre specific video & sound. Read more
About this project
How it works
1. Download the Mood eReader app for your mobile device.
2. Use the app to choose from thousands of free and paid ebooks online, or load it with ebooks you already own.
3. Go into the Mood eReader library and nominate the genre of the ebooks you want to read from those available
4. Open an ebook from your library and read!
The Mood eReader will then play a genre appropriate introductory video to set the scene, as well as randomised, genre specific page turn animations (and mood inspiring sound and video files) that truly enhance the experience by adding atmosphere to whatever you’re reading. You can even change the system settings to increase or decrease the frequency of media elements playing (or completely switch them off if you like) to suit your preferences and how you’re feeling in the moment.
The first genres we're planning to support are:
* Horror *
* Mystery/Crime *
* Romance *
* Children *
But there are a tonne more genres that we can tackle in the future including science fiction, war, wild west and many others.
Check out some of our artwork we've had created by clicking the 'Play' link below.
Our story so far
This project began quite simply. Someone made the off-handed comment that reading is boring and movies are much better.
Being someone who’s spent countless hours engrossed in the pages of some amazing books, I found it sad that anyone would think like that but understood what they meant as well.
No one could argue that reading a book is less “spectacular” than watching a movie and some would say that books are less immersive because they lack the audio and visual stimulus to create mood and enhance experience.
So I pondered the problem of how you make the reading experience more spectacular for the masses and it suddenly came to me - create an ebook reader that adds video, audio and music to the ebooks you read!
Check out our nameless zombie page-turn animation we had created by clicking the 'Play' link below.
(Can you give it a name?)
What happened next was really exciting but we need your help to get to the next step!
I shared my vision with a small group of avid readers who immediately fell in love with the idea and desperately wanted to help make it a reality.
I can’t remember if there was a bolt of lightning and a clap of thunder at that moment, but if there wasn’t, there should have been because the Mood eReader team had just been formed!
As a team, we agreed that, if we were going to do this thing, we were going to do it right and put a super-cool eReader at the core of this innovative entertainment hybrid that would make the reading experience a real pleasure.
So we did a study of popular ereader apps and noted the features that made them great, planning to incorporate those features in our reader.
Then we hired a talented developer to make us a mock-up of the ereader itself (to prove the concept) and requested some mock-up animations and a pricing estimate from an awesome animator to create the videos that would add atmosphere to the reading experience.
The plan was starting to take shape and it was awesome - but then came a problem.
The cost estimates to create the animations and other media elements came back well above our ability to self-fund - talk about hitting a brick wall!
We were deflated and disillusioned, until someone said the 'K' word - KICKSTARTER - and it was on again.
So that’s why we need you - to help us work on the creation of the Android version of the Mood eReader app (which is the platform we're starting with) as well as the media elements that we plan to use on all device types. We're confident that funding in excess of our Kickstarter goal and revenues from the app will fund its development for Apple and other platforms from then.
Check out a mock-up of one of our introductory movies by clicking the 'Play' link below.
It's not only about the funding.
We know we can get a corporate backer but we don’t want to lose creative control as we want the BEST QUALITY ebook reader, not just the most profitable one, and we really love the idea of getting feedback from the Kickstarter community as a guiding light.
We also need a feel for just how popular this concept is so we can plan the size, quantity and types of media packs better, as well as the demand by mobile device (so we'd love you to weigh in and let us know).
We can also take this ereader in exciting new directions but again, need feedback. We're considering book-specific, as well as genre-specific media packs for example and would love to hear what you think.
Can you imagine reading “The Titanic” and seeing water bubble up from the bottom of your device on the very page where the ship starts sinking?
We don’t have stretch goals as such, but the more money we raise, the bigger and better the Mood eReader can be with more video and sound effects per media pack, and more genres - supported on more mobile platforms with different screen sizes.
Help us make this eReader HUGE and remember that we simply can’t match our vision for this ereader without sufficient backing!
The Overall Plan!
We want to make the ereader available for people to enjoy quickly so have decided to start by developing the ereader module for Android as well as the animations that will be used for Android and other platforms we develop for.
Unfortunately, Apple don’t make it easy to reward backers with free, pre-release copies of apps which is why we chose Android for our market trial.
Apple users shouldn’t be shy about contributing though as an IOS port will definitely follow if there is sufficient money raised.
Timeline & Progress Updates
We already spent a tonne of time putting together a comprehensive plan of all the screens, database tables and animations for various genres and after lengthy discussions with developers, don’t anticipate problems getting the ereader completed relatively quickly after funding is received.
We’ll be releasing regular updates as we go so everyone can follow our progress and provide feedback, and you can sign up to hear additional news on our website at http://www.gomakeasplash.com/mood-ebook-reader/ebook-reader.html.
Our 150 day project plan is shown below and backers should expect their Mood eReader around the end of September this year:
Our vision for an evening with the Mood eReader
You sit down in a cozy seat in a dim room and fire up the Mood eReader on your tablet.
Having nothing to read yourself, you use the Mood eReader to search the web portals available and start sifting through thousands of free and paid ebooks online. You normally go for mystery books but feel like something a little darker and settle on a night with Count Dracula.
You click ‘download’ to add the ebook to the Mood eReader library and flag it as being in the “Horror” genre.
You open the ebook from the library screen and suddenly a short, creepy video begins, showing spooky fog drifting across the tablet’s screen. Unsettling music begins to play and a flash of lightning briefly lights up the dim room.
As the ensuing rumble of thunder settles, you’re reminded of a hundred old horror movies that gave you delicious chills in times gone by and you can’t help but grin in anticipation.
The music ebbs away like a receding tide and the fog clears to reveal the first page of Bram Stoker’s classic novel.
You read the first few pages unsure of what to expect, but aside from the introductory movie, nothing unusual happens and you wonder what all the Mood eReader hype is about.
But then, as you swipe your finger to flip to the next page, a mottled, green zombie hand reaches from the side of the screen making you jump, and you watch wide-eyed as it claws the page away.
You stop to let your pounding heart settle but then continue reading.
When you’re half way down the new page, a blood curdling scream fills the room making the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end and you nervously look over your shoulder, afraid of what you might see.
You read on, becoming more and more engrossed in the story and as the atmosphere rises you become even more sensitive to the mood elements which randomly play, making you wriggle nervously in your chair despite your best efforts to keep cool.
But it’s a losing battle.
A spider runs across the page and you can’t help but move your fingers from its path even though you know it’s not real, and you look above your head when drops of blood appear on the page, afraid they’ve seeped through the plasterboard ceiling and fallen from a half coagulated pool of blood on the floor of the attic above you.
A wolf howl suddenly pierces the night and pages later, the wail of a banshee echoes outside your home, and then… and then… and then you decide to call it a night.
Not because you’re scared mind you, but because you’re tired – or that’s what you tell yourself anyway.
We want to focus all of our attention on making this the greatest app we can rather than wasting time working out how to create and ship hundreds of things that are outside our areas of expertise like t-shirts, stickers and other rewards that you’ll end up throwing away anyway.
For that reason, all our rewards revolve around the app, typically offering a free copy as well as one or more media packs which contain the videos, music and sound effects that play periodically as you read.
Risks and challenges
We know the idea works because our programmer built a version as a proof of concept (see example video on this page), so all we need now is funding to build the Mood eReader module and get the animations and other media elements created.
We’ve also developed other apps and taken them to market in the past with very few problems and we haven’t spotted any deal-killers in this project yet, so it all looks good to go.
That being said, there are always risks with any development project so the end product may vary from the description above (but we're trying to keep it close to our vision).Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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