I recently learned from my friend and PBJ cohort Ali that my book "The Months" is on BigUniverse.com. Big Universe is a site with the same functionality as Looky Book - they both allow you to flip through a (printed and published) picture book ONLINE - - start to finish, end papers, title page, grey matter, the whole shebang, AND, at a size that's eyeball-friendly, too (nice and big)! So cool. Anyway, she clued me in on this last week. I was so excited about it that I promply put a link to the book on Big Universe in my blog sidebar (over there >>>).
Then, someone else told me the other day that "The Months" is ALSO on Looky Book! I had no idea - honestly, I don't know what the criteria is to get your book on one of these sites and what kind of red tape there is (if any). Since I knew that "The Months" was already on Big Universe, I figured we would not be on Looky Book anytime soon, if at all. (Can't really articulate why I thought that was the case -- I mean, Borders and Barnes and Noble carry the same books... so why not Big Universe and Looky Book? Makes sense... ) So I am pretty excited about this as well!! I know that Looky Book is pretty well-known so it's nice to have the book in another avenue for potential eyeballs and page-flips. (Saturation - we like that!!)
Check out both of these sites if you get a chance, not necessarily to see MY book ;) but just to see how they house the content (for YOUR OWN book, or your future book, or your friend's book).
Looky Book has a really nice book template for your books, which is encased IN-page (no pop-up windows here). Looky Book's overall design features lots of white space, so the focus is really ON the book you are viewing. (That's nice. I like it.)
Big Universe has a different-looking shell -- it's colorful and themey (the header features an outer-space illustration). A couple of the button/icon graphics are space-themed as well. When you click on the link to view the book, a pop-up window opens that is sized to the books' viewable area. To further speak to the space theme: when you click to view a book, you first get a cute animation loader ("Please wait - just a minute") that features a travelling martian in a UFO.
Check them out, compare and contrast, but be happy that there are now TWO-TWO-TWO places for your picture books to be seen, in their entirety, on the web! :) Horray!!