Turn your app ideas into a money-making goldmine More than 10 billion apps have been downloaded from Apple's AppStore and with the right combination of original ideas, great features, solid coding, unique designs, and savvy marketing, your apps could be a part of that staggering number. This book shows you how to turn your ideas into profit-making success stories. Citing a fascinating array of real-world examples, this useful book invites you to meet the rich and famous of the app development world. You'll look behind the scenes of these successful visionaries to learn their secrets first hand and discover how these "bedroom coders" became overnight millionaires.
* Serves as a must-have introduction to the fascinating, cutting-edge world of app design, where innovation reaps reward * Shows you how to structure your app development process based on the Appillionaires who made their fortune * Explores what works and what doesn't with regards to getting your app featured and enticing buyers * Looks at successful apps such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, Fruit Ninja, and many others that have taken the app world by storm If you were unaware of the potential to make money from selling your apps, then app-arently, you really need this book!
PART I: THE BIRTH OF THE APP 1 Chapter 1: Introduction 3 Th ere s Gold in Th em Hills 4 App Store Roulette 5 Challenges with the App Store 6 Th e App Community 8 Th e Siren Call 10 Why I Wrote Appillionaires 11 Where Will the Market Take Us? 11 Th e Band of Dreamers 14 Summary 15 Chapter 2: Th e Rise of the App 17 Apple s False Start 18 Taking a Journey Back in Time 22 Finding a Carrier Was the Th ing 23 Summary 23 Chapter 3: A Bedroom Revolution 25 Birth of the App Store 25 What Apple Learned from the First Successful Apps 28 A Renaissance in Gaming 33 Summary 35 Chapter 4: Th e Gold Rush 37 A Taste of Success 37 Feeling the Appillionaire Buzz 39 Th e Fallacy of Easy Money 40 Summary 41 Chapter 5: Th e First Million 43 A Box of Delights 43 Th e Boy Genius 45 Th e Hacker Army Grows 47 Apps Invade by Stealth 49 Th e Bedroom Programmer Awakes 51 Summary 57 PART II: THE APPILLIONAIRES 59 Chapter 6: Doodle Jump 61 Croatian Dreams 62 Bubblewrap 64 If at First You Don't Succeed ... 67 Tic Tac Toe 69 A Hand-Built Look and Feel 72 Doodle Jump Is Born 74 Doodle Jump 2 Is Born 83 How Doodle Jump Changed Th eir Lives 87 Summary 90 Chapter 7: Harbor Master 91 Romancing the App 92 Harbor Master Is Born 95 Behind the Scenes 101 Summary 103 Chapter 8: Pocket God 105 A Basic Start 106 Dropping Out 107 Hardware Secrets 109 How to Play God 110 Th e Evolution of Pocket God 114 Th e Life and Times of Castelnuovo 116 Th e Public's Reaction 118 Luck Is Part of the Formula 119 Summary 120 Chapter 9: StickWars 123 Defending the Castle 124 A Life at Sea 129 Summary 131 Chapter 10: Angry Birds 133 A Global Hit 134 52nd Time Lucky 135 A Rich History of Flying Animals 139 Bigger than the iPhone 142 Setting the App Standard 145 Summary 146 PART III: THE APP REVOLUTION 149 Chapter 11: From Bedroom to Boardroom 151 A Golden Age 151 An Escape from Corporate Tyranny 152 Invasion of the Body Snatchers 159 Summary 162 Chapter 12: Life in the Trenches 165 An Expensive Game 166 Trust-Fund Fantasies 170 Feeding Time 176 A Wicked Game 178 A Special Time in History 184 Th e Patent Th reat 190 Summary 191 Chapter 13: Th e Future of the App 193 Th e Changing of the Guard 194 What Makes a Killer App? 195 Summary 199