April 5th, 2010
BookTeller.com is a subscription-based online library for animated and narrated children’s books, available in both English and Chinese. Currently, there are over 200 books available for subscribers and more are being added. Its goals are to help parents and educators teach children how to read and to get them reading more often by giving them books that are both engaging and fun.
Besides being an online library, it is also a platform for authors and publishers who wish to transform their work into animated books and to monetize them. For that, we have a revenue sharing program and a team of award-winning animators to help out with the animation.
The consumer-facing website is used for, among other things, showcasing what books are in the library and to handle registrations/payments. The books are accessed via a client reader based on Adobe’s AIR platform, which must be downloaded and installed.
The following is our experience in building out the website using Drupal. I hope it is useful as another example of what’s possible.