I just received a press release from a company that creates travel apps for the iPhone, Kindle, and online.
They’re looking for travel writers interested in creating their own travel guides and selling them as iPhone apps.
No one I know has tried this so, if it’s something that appeals to you, be sure to read the fine print and proceed with your usual amount of caution. That said, I did a quick online search for known scams and bad reviews and came back with no bad press about the company. It sounds like a cool opportunity.
Here’s the press release we received:
Travel Writers Can Now Publish iPhone Apps Easily
GuideGecko launches publishing platform for iPhone, Kindle and the Web
Singapore, March 1, 2011
Creating apps is no longer a domain for tech geeks only. GuideGecko, the worlds leading publishing portal for travel guides, today launches its iPhone, Kindle and Web publishing platforms. Writers only have to compose their guides once on www.GuideGecko.com, and may write on any destination. Then GuideGecko will create the apps and eBooks and make them available on iTunes, Amazon Kindle and other bookstores. Publishing is free, and writers choose the selling price.
Writers may also choose to publish on the web and receive a share of the advertising revenue. GuideGecko shares all sales and advertising revenues on a 50-50% basis.
Sample app for Singapore
The apps and eBooks are suited for both walks and tours with a limited number of entries as well as for in-depth guides with hundreds of listings. They thus cater to professional writers and travel bloggers alike. Even travelers who have invested time in planning their itinerary can share their knowledge with a useful app.
“You can now easily publish and sell your own travel app, says Daniel Quadt, Founder of GuideGecko. Our apps are stylish, easy to use, and full of features so far only found in premium apps. One of them would be the fully interactive, location-enabled maps that work completely offline and do not incur roaming charges for the end-user.”
[Editor’s Note: Learn more about opportunities to profit from your travels (and even from your own home) in our free online newsletter The Right Way to Travel.]