Books Exist Just to be Read? No. Create Your Own Book with Moglue
I remember making storybooks in art classes in elementary school. Apart from usually ending up with my fingers stuck together from all the glue, I always enjoyed these projects.
Recently I stumbled upon a an interactive book making platform called MoglueBuilder, which lets you build animated story books without the sticky glue. I was delighted to learn that the company and its founders are based right here in Korea and I reached out to them for an interview to get a closer look at what they do.
MoglueBuilder was developed with the goal to make it possible for anyone create an e-book with enhanced story-telling features. Instead of making books with static text, the founders wanted to help people make more interesting e-books that incorporate music, moving images and other eye-catching features.
The unique name Moglue stands for motion + glue, indicating that the platform is simple to use with a friendly drag-and-drop user interface. If it was easy for me I am sure that most of our readers will feel the same.
So how did this company start? Taewoo Kim, Moglue’s CEO met up with his now colleagues Chris Riley and Ryan Kim at an event called Startup Weekend Seoul in May of 2010. Ryan and Chris had an idea for developing a platform to create interactive books easily. Taewoo had a special childhood memory of his parents making a story book featuring him as the main character and he kept this moment in his heart and agreed that it would be a great idea to give other children a similar opportunity by making the creation of story books easy. He joined the team and they together developed a prototype. The initial reaction was good and they went on to develop an app and business model that won them a spot as a finalist at TechCrunch Disrupt Beijing.
When asked about this special experience, the founders commented that first it’s a great honor for them and second, it provided an opportunity for MoglueBuilder to be promoted globally. Articles about Moglue came out in English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and in many more languages. The company now receives inquiries from all over the world!
Recently the company has had two exciting developments. Molgue just signed a contract with Kyobo, Korea’s largest book distributor, to use MoglueBuilder as its interface for interactive e-books. This shows how reliable and advanced Moglue’s technology is and will lead more people to discover its platform.
Moglue will also soon launch its publishing feature that will enable an author to modify a book’s format and then publish it on both iOS (iTunes link) and Android. More access to the book means more potential readers (and fame!) for the author.
With expectations that many more types of content will transition from paper to electronic media, Moglue plans to expand its visual content business to magazines and advertisements.
We will keep a close eye on the company let you know when these services are out!