It took me way too long to reply to this. I'm really sorry. This is a good comment.
The animation itself is very short
I disagree, agree and disagree with this.
The animation is not
short. It might not be as long as other content you might be used to, such as movies, series or YouTube videos, but hand-drawn animations take a lot of time. This is several seconds long. As far as I am concerned, this is good.
The animation is
short. I want to make a whole, normal-length YouTube video out of only 12 parts of this series.
And: The animation is not
short, because there is more coming!
it flows very nicely and with little to no hiccups or mistakes in the line-work.
Ha! I love deceiving people's eyes. And in animation, it's easy enough to do that if you have enough frames per second. This is why the animation is "short". The image sequence is quite something.
The beginning of the animation though, the book leaving the shelf, could use a bit more to it. Maybe have it fall a bit from the shelf before it begins to open and fly, instead of merely floating there as if someone took it from the shelf.
True! Absolutely true! I actually have started on the fall of the book, only to realise that it looked horrible the way I did it and that it would take too much time. So I did this opening and I'm not entirely happy with it, but it'll have to work and it should lower the watcher's expectations as to how skilled I am as an animator.
It's also an interesting choice with the colors and simplicity of the style. It's a common theme to have lack of any color whatsoever with a single object in color, often in red as well, but there is certainly a lot that can be done with that style in later parts of the animation, since this seems to be described as a 'part 1'.
To be honest, I have made it minimalist because it's easier to animate, so I guess there is "a lot" that I can do with it, in quantity.
However, I am trying to play around a little bit. I am forced to work with it in some way because it's so bright, so this is actually a lighter shade of red and I'll have to make sure that black parts won't look too dark in comparison.
I do think though that if the rest of the books will make no movement whatsoever they could use a bit more detail on covers or the the inner pages or something, even if it is meant to be more minimalist. As they are now they almost seem like nothing but curved blocks
You're right. I probably should do something about the background if I find the time.
Thank you for your wonderful comment! You bet I will continue to have fun with this.