Hello all, new guy here.
I have an idea for a kid's activity game/book for road trips/ travel. I made a crude version for my son for our 5 hour trip to my hometown and he always kills at least a couple hours with it by himself.
I want it to have a spiral bound top with dry erase pages and markers. Some of the pages are different sizes and I also want to have the ability for the pages to be easily added and removed from the book.
I have considered the idea of this being a digital entity, but I think the idea of having an actual book/game in hand is part of the appeal.
I'm not a graphic designer or writer, but just a regular guy who gets weird ideas from time to time with no real experience putting it together.
Any thoughts on sourcing?
Well, it seems the heart of the question is will this work or not? The truth is that no one knows, thus you have to test it for yourself.
Check out http://www.disk.com/. They are multimedia packaging company.
I don't know if I would make this into a digital book. Seems to me the fun aspect of this book is what you have described. What I would do is make 20-40 prototypes, they don't have to be perfect, and get them in the hands of people who will give you their honest opinion. Stay away from friends and family.
Have a evaluation form that you will get back from each unit you give away. This will give you great feedback and the ability to make changes to enhance the book.
As for graphic design don't worry about that to much right now either. You need to know if this will fly first and foremost. After you get your feedback then you can develop the design and packaging.
You can check with Vervante, but I'm not sure if this is something they would do. If not, ask for other companies they know of who might.
Hope this helps.
Thanks so much for the info. That's basically what I'm looking for, is what type of manufacturing I should be looking at, whether it be a book or more of a toy/game.
I second Tony's response. It sounds much more fun as a physical product.
Keep us up-to-date on your progress. This is a very cool idea!