If you’ve ever had a hankerin’ to sit down and craft your own biography—or to collect the stories of your parents or grandparents before they pass on—StoryPress, a free iPad app from GhostGear Labs, is just the place to start. It helps you record oral histories that sound nearly as polished and professional as the Story Corps pieces you sometimes hear on NPR.
After you log in with an email address or your Facebook account, StoryPress wants you to jump right into the creative process. You’ll enter your name, the year of your birth, and then create a cover for your first book. (Despite the conceit that you’re creating a book in StoryPress, there’s very little text involved: You’ll be recording your memories, not typing them out.) The cover includes the title, an icon from a list provided by StoryPress, and a photo from your iPad library.
Your next prompt is to select a method to record your tale. Select “Dictation” if you already know precisely the story you want to tell—just tap a button in the app and start recording while you talk. Most of us, though, will want to use the second option—“Interview Me”—which gives you a choice of more than a dozen categories, each featuring an interview template of roughly a dozen questions or more.