Feature Update – Better Suggestions, Faster Everything!

by On February 15, 2013 in General, Releases

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Here’s what you’ll see:
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<li><a href="#suggest">Better Recommendations and Unlocks</a></li>
<li><a href="#stream">Faster streaming of books</a></li>
<li><a href="#ipad1">iPad 1 performance upgrade</a></li>
<a name="suggest">&nbsp;</a>
<h3>Better Recommendations and Unlocks</h3>
We knew we could do better in suggesting new stories for your kids, based on their interests and habits. While we’re as geeky as they come, we know that nothing beats human expertise working in concert with our technology. We’ve enlisted the help of a fantastic, *real-life* librarian, <a href="http://littleelit.com/about/who-are-we/">Cen Campbell</a>, who’s as passionate about kids reading as we could ever be. With Cen’s help, we’ve curated our library and approach to suggestions, and we think the results are a major improvement.

<img src="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/suggest_big.jpg" alt="Better suggestions" />

Every time you finish a book and unlock a new one, or are suggested other books based on what you just read, you’ll notice how well the sets match. We’re excited to keep working with Cen as our library grows, and have more refinements coming in the months ahead.
<a name="stream">&nbsp;</a>
<h3>Faster streaming of books</h3>
It’s no fun for kids to wait for books to load – from day one our focus at Bookboard has been to give kids the freedom to quickly sample and scan the stories they’ve got, without the hassle of download screens or library management. Staying "in the moment" means that kids are focused on the story, and we want our technology to get out of the way and do just that.

<img src="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/stream_big.jpg" width="500px" alt="Faster streaming" />

With this release, we’ve upgraded our delivery networks so that books open near-instantaneously, no matter where you might be on this planet =). Even loading the initial library for a kid has sped up by a few precious seconds, avoiding the distraction and frustration of waiting for story time to start.
<a name="ipad1">&nbsp;</a>
<h3>iPad 1 performance upgrade</h3>
We’ve seen that many of you are using Bookboard on the iPad 1, and we’ve known that performance was sometimes sub-optimal on older hardware. In the spirit of a relaxing, focused experience, we’ve spent some time with the iPad 1, optimizing our app so that it feels much smoother. There’s always more we can do, but hopefully with this release, all the kids on "hand-me-down" iPads will be able to enjoy Bookboard story times that much more.
<img src="http://bookboard.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ipad1_big.jpg" alt="iPad 1 Performance" />

As always, stay tuned – we’ve a LOT of big things coming in the weeks ahead! Thanks for all your feedback and support!

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Nigel is a co-founder and serves as the product and technical lead of Bookboard, Inc. With 14-years experience spanning multimedia production, web platform architecture, real-time collaborative applications, and cutting edge UI, Nigel combines the finer details of User Experience with a “serious” Computer Science background. Nigel is the holder of 4 US patents (11 more pending), and has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Alberta, which he paid for working as head instructor at a private tutoring academy, teaching reading, math, and science to kids.


  1. Robin

    February 15, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Thanks for the improvements! Do we need to download an update? Or are the new features just there?

    Thanks again!


    • nigel

      February 15, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      That’s a great point – all you have to do is open Bookboard, and all improvements are ready for you.


  2. Niki

    February 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that my daughter loves Bookboard. She asks if we can read from it every night. Thanks so much for a great app.

    • nigel

      February 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Wow, that’s the kind of feedback that keeps us working hard! Please let us know if there’s anything we can do better!


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