eBook Comparison

**Updated 8.5.21 with Storylabs’ new layout matching the physical book**

All of my books are available on Storylabs, and a selection of them join Andrew Olimpi’s and Emma Vanderpool’s on Mike Peto’s site. These are very different platforms. This post isn’t intended to be a pro/con list. Instead, its purpose is to clearly lay out the features for you…

Storylabs
This is a robust platform with management tools, and individual student logins. Teachers can create “classrooms” for different sections, courses, groups of students, or groups of books. Teachers can track how long students spend reading, too. There are supplemental activities, with more added along the way as teachers contribute (available to all), and there’s audio for each chapter, either recordings uploaded by the author themselves, or a default adorable Italian pronunciation (but not both). Storylabs now has the same layout as the physical book. A menu to the left acts as a table of contents, so students can jump to chapters, the glossary, and activities. There’s a phone app on the way, too. Individual books are $60 for all students to access (up to 180). There are combo deals, such as the Mini FVR Library (any 12 titles) for $300 ($25/book), and the crazy deal with Andrew Olimpi’s books for $675, right now $22/book, and dropping as more are added (i.e. the cost remains $675 even as new books get published throughout the year).

My Generation of Polyglots
Mike Peto’s platform brings the same physical book layout to the screen with a single login that teachers share with students. There are no tools, activities, or audio audio is being added as of 3.21.21. There are left/right page turn arrows, and/or corners at the top page. To access the glossary and skip chapters, students use a navigation slider at the bottom of the screen. Individual books are $29.99 for all students to access (up to 300).

Screenshots
Here are different screenshots showing the different reading experiences students will encounter:

Maximized browser viewed on a laptop
iPhone in Chrome
Polyglots – Full screen laptop view
Polyglots – iPhone
in Chrome (portrait)
Polyglots – iPhone in Chrome
(landscape, yeah, it switches to one page view)

8 thoughts on “eBook Comparison

  1. The iPhone screenshots don’t display — they seem to come from mail.google.com and give “410 Gone” when accessed directly. Did you try to “share” them directly from your email?

    The laptop screenshots work. Perhaps you could do the same thing for the iPhone screenshots that you did for the laptop ones?

  2. What if I want to purchase a single copy if an ebooK as an individual learner? I can’t seem to find a way to buy a single ebook as a UK resident? Many thanks!

      • Is there any reason why? Seems like 1) a missed opportunity for increasing readership and profit, and 2) a failure to keep up with the times, reduce costs, and reduce the environmental footprint of publishing. Honestly, as a private Latin tutor, I am disappointed that I can’t purchase any of your novellas as individual eBooks. Your novellas would be the perfect addition to my lessons. I have no use for online platforms like Storylabs (not to mention the prices are uneconomical for someone in my position). Also, it is very strange that the print versions of your novellas sell for 7 USD on Amazon, but are marked up by more than 400% when sold as ebooks. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

      • Well, the eBooks accommodate 180-300 students depending on platform, so that would come to .10 to .33 per student. Aside from the costs of development and running those services, which I’m not in control of by the way, one idea is recognizing that teachers—out of necessity due to lack of funding—would probably buy a single digital copy and use it with all their students.

        If you’re looking to criticize, I’d send an email to Amazon, since they currently don’t offer eBooks in Latin.

        All best, P

      • But if you’re interested in solutions (considering Amazon doesn’t support Latin), what would you propose, especially as a private tutor with X students?

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