Two of my brothers worked together to build a very neat site to share stories: Story Playground. The idea is to take your photos and your voice and make a book that can be viewed over and over. It can be any story. Fun family vacation memories, stories from growing up or ones about the people in your family that came before. Top 10 lists, recipes, wishes for the future – whatever is shared is sure to be loved by those you love.
Steven and Adam are experienced programmers with families. Years ago Steven recorded his grandpa telling stories. They have been able to share those stories with their children. His grandpa’s captured voice is animated and vibrant on the recording – just as Steven remembers him. Steven says those stories were an important part of his childhood. He wants to someday share them with his children’s children. He wants his children to also know his stories and voice and that’s one big reason behind Story Playground. His children are also loving telling their own stories and expressing their imagination and creativity.
I love the way the library is set up – where you can see all the available stories you have and click on the one you want to view. Nice and easy for children and grandparents and everyone.
Creating a “virtual” book is free. You can make as many changes as you want. When it is how you like you can purchase virtual copies to share with family and friends. Costs are minimal. A standard 20-page book is less than $15 for 15 copies. The stories are available online the moment they are shared. In the not-too-distant past I checked into the costs of making an ebook. It was hundreds of dollars. This is sooo much more affordable. I also love that you can buy the copies to share – and all they need on their end is a free account to view the book.
In their words: “Story Playground, created by software development company Dragon Playground, LLC, makes it simple to create and share your family’s unique stories. All you need is your memory, some pictures, and the internet.”
Right now they are having a fun spring sale to try out the product: http://storyplayground.com/Home/SpringSpectacular
New users that sign up during the month of May will receive enough dragon gold credit to share their first book free. The credit can be redeemed any time. Sign up now and create your story when you’re ready.:)
Already have an account or want more than one story to share? One purchase per customer is eligible for the half-off deal. Just enter the promo code P-Spring50 at checkout.
I’m working on my first creation. Come back soon for a fun giveaway.