Junko Yokota's keynote address titled: ‘What Works Well, Where, When? How Various Qualities of Digital and Print Picture Books Shape Reader Response’.
The Picture Book Lab's insight:
At this year's IRSCL 2013 the main theme is children's literature and media cultures, and this is a very fitting talk as the traditional print picture book is changing and evolving. Junko Yokota is a professor at the University of Chicago and an academic that specializes in multicultural and international children's literature. This video, although an hour long, is completely worth your time to listen to an expert in the field, who speaks about visual and written narratives and how they affect literacy, whether on a page, at a theatrical performance, or in a digital app.
Kindle's new ebook format for the Kindle Fire (Kindle format 8) now has newer and richer formatting capabilities, including support for HTML5 and CSS3. It also has a fixed-layout option, which is great for creating ebooks with a lot of visuals and illustrations like picture books.
“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.
"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.