A very insightful article about just how hazy the current state of digital publishing of children's illustrated books is. Unknown numbers, unreliable sources, and a basic lack of concrete statistics about everything from pricing to downloads makes the scene completely confusing and chaotic. If you ever wondered (like me) why it seems so hard to grasp the trends and movements in this space, this piece explains it all. Nobody really knows what's going on, and right now your guess is as good as the next person's theory.
"As a children’s picture book publisher or author, it can be a challenging decision whether to turn your book into a Book App or an eBook. We offer you the following infographic as a starting point towards making an informed decision."
If you're struggling with trying to decide what format to convert your picture book into, this extremely useful infographic will help you make a more informed decision. It clearly lays out the benefits, drawbacks and possibilities of creating apps and eBooks.
“If children are the future, then ebooks are the future of the publishing industry,” - The ABC's of Kids & Ebooks Ready to make an E-book? Fixed-layout seems to be the best format for children's books because they are so illustration heavy.
Flickerlab has been committed to making interactive, digital children's books & now it will partner with Speakaboos who have an extensive distribution platform for children's ebooks via their award-winning subscription based service. Bringing together a technology and production company with a strong distribution network sounds like a winning combination to me.
The U. S. Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a ruling by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) designed to protect the privacy of children in the digital world.
The Picture Book Lab's insight:
This is important: if you already publish, or are interested in developing apps or ebooks for kids in the U.S. market, you need to know that as of July 1st, 2013 there has been an amendment to COPPA. Read to make sure you know all the latest information on protecting children's privacy.