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The ZooBurst website is closed as of September 1st, 2016. Click here for more information.

ZooBurst Retirement: September 1st, 2016

Why is ZooBurst closing?

The ZooBurst website has been in operation since May 2010, and during that period we have watched in amazement as thousands of users from around the world have used the site to write and publish their own augmented-reality storybooks. Deciding to close ZooBurst was a particularly difficult decision for us, but a number of factors, including a rapidly changing digital landscape and reduced support for the Adobe Flash platform, have made it necessary for us to consider the future of the ZooBurst project.

When will ZooBurst close?

ZooBurst will remain fully operational until August 31st, 2016. ZooBurst will then enter a "frozen" mode on September 1st, 2016. When this time comes you will no longer be able to create new content or edit existing books, but you will be able to log in and download your books. This "frozen" period will last until December 31st, 2016, and the system will fully close on January 1st, 2017.

What is "Frozen Mode"?

When your ZooBurst account enters into "frozen mode" your available options within the system become limited to the following:

  • Logging in
  • Downloading books (available to all users)
  • Downloading class books (available to all users who had a "premium" account at some point over the past 6 years)

You will no longer be able to build books once your account enters into "frozen" mode.

I have a "premium" ZooBurst account. When will I lose access to ZooBurst?

Most "premium" ZooBurst accounts are set to expire on or before the September 1st, 2016 deadline. You can check the expiration date of your "premium" account by logging into ZooBurst and referring to the box on the right side of the screen. Note that all current "premium" users will have been contacted by us via e-mail to alert them to these changes.

If your "premium" service expires BEFORE September 1st, 2016 your account will revert to a free "basic" account on your expiration date. Your account will then enter "frozen" mode on September 1st, 2016.

If your "premium" service expires AFTER September 1st, 2016 you will continue to retain full access to the system until your expiration date (even if this date is after September 1st, 2016). Once your expiration date arrives your account will then enter into "frozen" mode.

Will "embedded" books be affected by ZooBurst closing?

Embedded ZooBurst books will cease functioning on December 31st, 2016. You will want to edit your website or class blog to remove any ZooBurst embed code before this date.