Appillionaires: Secrets from Developers Who Struck It Rich on the App Store

Book description

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!

Table of contents

  1. Cover
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Title Page
  4. Part I: The Birth of the App
    1. Chapter 1: Introduction
      1. There’s Gold in Them Hills
      2. App Store Roulette
      3. Challenges with the App Store
      4. The App Community
      5. The Siren Call
      6. Why I Wrote Appillionaires
      7. Where Will the Market Take Us?
      8. The Band of Dreamers
      9. Summary
    2. Chapter 2: The Rise of the App
      1. Apple’s False Start
      2. Taking a Journey Back in Time
      3. Finding a Carrier Was the Thing
      4. Summary
    3. Chapter 3: A Bedroom Revolution
      1. Birth of the App Store
      2. What Apple Learned from the First Successful Apps
      3. A Renaissance in Gaming
      4. Summary
    4. Chapter 4: The Gold Rush
      1. A Taste of Success
      2. Feeling the Appillionaire Buzz
      3. The Fallacy of Easy Money
      4. Summary
    5. Chapter 5: The First Million
      1. A Box of Delights
      2. The Boy Genius
      3. The Hacker Army Grows
      4. Apps Invade by Stealth
      5. The Bedroom Programmer Awakes
      6. Summary
  5. Part II: The Appillionaires
    1. Chapter 6: Doodle Jump
      1. Croatian Dreams
      2. Bubblewrap
      3. If at First You Don’t Succeed . . .
      4. Tic Tac Toe
      5. A Hand-built Look and Feel
      6. Doodle Jump Is Born
      7. Doodle Jump 2 Is Born
      8. How Doodle Jump Changed Their Lives
      9. Summary
    2. Chapter 7: Harbor Master
      1. Romancing the App
      2. Harbor Master Is Born
      3. Behind the Scenes
      4. Summary
    3. Chapter 8: Pocket God
      1. A Basic Start
      2. Dropping Out
      3. Hardware Secrets
      4. How to Play God
      5. The Evolution of Pocket God
      6. The Life and Times of Castelnuovo
      7. The Public’s Reaction
      8. Luck Is Part of the Formula
      9. Summary
    4. Chapter 9: StickWars
      1. Defending the Castle
      2. A Life at Sea
      3. Summary
    5. Chapter 10: Angry Birds
      1. A Global Hit
      2. 52nd Time Lucky
      3. A Rich History of Flying Animals
      4. Bigger Than the iPhone
      5. Setting the App Standard
      6. Summary
  6. Part III: The App Revolution
    1. Chapter 11: From Bedroom to Boardroom
      1. A Golden Age
      2. An Escape from Corporate Tyranny
      3. Invasion of the Body Snatchers
      4. Summary
    2. Chapter 12: Life in the Trenches
      1. An Expensive Game
      2. Trust-Fund Fantasies
      3. Feeding Time
      4. A Wicked Game
      5. A Special Time in History
      6. The Patent Threat
      7. Summary
    3. Chapter 13: The Future of the App
      1. The Changing of the Guard
      2. What Makes a Killer App?
      3. Summary

Product information

  • Title: Appillionaires: Secrets from Developers Who Struck It Rich on the App Store
  • Author(s):
  • Release date: September 2011
  • Publisher(s): Wiley
  • ISBN: 9781119978640