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Popular digital services today are successful partly because of how easy they are to use.  User Interface (UI) is key to mass adoption of what you’re ‘selling’.  You typically have 30 seconds to pitch to your audience and if it’s not easy enough to understand the first time, they’re possibly gone forever.

MyLi cannot afford to have this happen.  We are focused on helping to develop the reading skills of young pupils everywhere with high quality material they can trust.  These skills affect them from the days of school throughout to the duration of their life, so its crucial that they have a good foundation to work from.  Yes, we know children just want to finish their homework as quickly as possible so they can do all the other [fun] things they wish.  This usually means that students use message boards and alike to find their information.  Both adults and these young pupils know these sources of information are nowhere near as reliable when compared to recent published material in print or e-books, but they still continue to do so because it’s quick and easy.

Education should not be difficult because it is hard to locate the right information.

And it is for these reasons that we are already planning for the next phase of MyLi.  This will include a complete revamp of the UI, a suitable workspace for our team to expand (create more jobs), app development and much more.  Our prototype has demonstrated the demand for what MyLi is offering.  However, initial tests show that there is still room to make it easier and therefore expand our service to all demographics.

We have created a campaign on Indiegogo with details of what we’re doing and need to deliver for MyLi.  So far, our prototype has only been able to show functionality and how we can be a catalyst amplifying book sales (digital and in print).

Any support for this campaign would be greatly appreciated by sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, by email, and more so if you feel moved by the cause any funding provided by yourself would be rewarded with perks according to the amount given.

If you find there are any questions we have not answered, don’t hesitate to contact us by email (info@cmy.li), telephone (0700 349 6954), facebook, twitter or just by commenting on this blog.

 

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The Kids Come First

May 16, 2012 — 4 Comments

MyLi streams e-books.  It is what we feel to be the next evolutionary step for e-books.  We’ve created it to help get school children reading more with ease but also a way for all other readers to benefit.

We’re in a day an age where the ‘kids’ tell me they get their information for homework and general purposes from what they know might not be the most reliable resource, but continue so because it’s quick and easy.  This is where MyLi comes in.  MyLi is designed to provide what they want and need, how and when they want it.

Likewise, school tutors want their pupils reading more, regardless of the material tutors simply want to see their pupils produce high quality work.  Again, MyLi has been designed to make as many resources available to young readership whilst complimenting the curriculum.  The way we have gone about this is getting lists from each of our pilot schools from their libraries showing the most frequently borrowed books.

The evolution of e-books and the Market in which it resides is still exploring its options; and there are many.  With much research, we’ve figured out a way to make MyLi a win-win situation for everyone affected (Authors, Publishers and Readers).  It strengthens our confidence that a number of the Big Six publishers have shown interest in what MyLi is working to do.

Check out the video below quickly explaining what we’re doing.

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Welcome to MyLi

May 15, 2012 — Leave a comment

Welcome to our creation, MyLi.  MyLi is the quick and easy way to discover the books you want.

It’s a simple web tool we have been working on for the past year, we have worked on fine tuning it and plan to deliver it in a way that is accessible regardless of your computer skills.

For our pilot schemes we have decided to trial MyLi amongst young pupils in the UK because they’d benefit mostly from this service especially as there is a lack of reliable services available for this demographic.  We currently have a manageable number of schools to pilot MyLi with for the first phase.

Pear Jam Books has currently agreed to work with us during these pilot schemes (http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/50578-new-zealand–s-pear-jam-books-teams-with-myli-com.html) and following recent meetings we might have one of the Big 6 Publishing houses on-board in coming weeks.

Stay tuned for future updates.

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