Picture Books and...
Follow
408 views | +0 today
 
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
onto Picture Books and the Digital Shift
Scoop.it!

What Every Kids’ E-Book Publisher Needs To Know About COPPA | Insights | Ebooks & Kids

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Picture Books and the Digital Shift
The world of print picture books is fast colliding with growing digital trends. The good, the bad, and the ugly, all scooped up right here.
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

Ebooks & Kids-- Cynthia Jabbar's notes from #LaunchKids & the Digital Book World 2014 Conference

Ebooks & Kids--  Cynthia Jabbar's notes from #LaunchKids & the Digital Book World 2014 Conference | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

Transmediakids.com, run by Cynthia Jabbar, is an excellent resource for anybody interested in seeing how creativity and innovation across non-traditional publishing platforms can still lead to inspiring content for children. In this post, she summarizes her notes from the Launch Kids sessions at the recently held 2014 Digital Book World Conference. With related articles and presentations by industry insiders this is a great overview of where digital content for children stands, and what content creators for it should be aware of. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

'InfiniScroll', a new storytelling app, let's children be the narrators of a never-ending tale

“We wanted to break the linear format of traditional storytelling and create an app where kids were both taken in an ever-changing visual journey and in control of the narration,” explains Luca Prasso, CEO of Curious Hat, the makers behind InfiniScroll and other kid-themed apps.

The Picture Book Lab's insight:

The most engaging aspect about this app for me is that it's not built solely on the choose-your-own-adventure format, but also makes room for a construct-your-own tale approach. It's less passive and gives the reader a more active role in the creation of the story. The drawings look simple an un-fussy, but still have distinct style and character. It's heartening to see developerschoosing to focus on how the story is told rather than over-populating it with graphics and animation. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

Illustrating in the Dark - A Publishing Mystery | The Digital Media Diet

The Picture Book Lab's insight:

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. 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by The Picture Book Lab from Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids
Scoop.it!

Comparing eBooks and book apps | via @KiteReaders

Comparing eBooks and book apps | via @KiteReaders | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it

"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."


Via Carisa Kluver
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

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.

more...
Carisa Kluver's curator insight, July 9, 2013 3:21 PM

Excellent comparison flow chart for ebooks vs book apps ...

Alireza Karimdadian's curator insight, July 12, 2013 9:35 AM

It is a wonderful illustration of the trend and at least we can see what is going on in the publishing industry.

Dawn Matheson's comment, July 14, 2013 4:48 PM
What a great way of illustrating the thought process, pros & cons!
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

5 Things You May Not Know About Your Kindle Picture Books

5 Things You May Not Know About Your Kindle Picture Books | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

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. 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by The Picture Book Lab from ciberpocket
Scoop.it!

engageLab's latest experiment: Bridging Book

engageLab's latest experiment: Bridging Book | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it
This is engageLab, a research laboratory @ University of Minho, Portugal dedicated to the design of engaging interfaces

....

"Bridging Book is a children's mixed-media picture-book that blurs the line between printed and electronic books. It consists of a printed book and a digital device, placed side-by-side, with synchronized content. Thumbing through the book's pages triggers the device to display the complementary digital content. The physical book requires no batteries or wires.


In the current version, the printed illustrations on each page of the physical book are extended into the device screen, offering further interaction. The content can be explored both linearly by reading and thumbing the printed book and/or exploring the interaction on the digital device. (...)"

 


Via Paulo Tomás Neves
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

Now this is exciting: giving mixed-media picture books a whole new meaning and dimension.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

StarWalk Kids Media Inks Distribution Agreement with Follett Digital Resources

EIN News - StarWalk Kids Media Inks Distribution Agreement with Follett Digital Resources (Our StarWalk Kids eBooks are now available through Baker and Taylor's Axis 360 library.
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

StarWalk Kids extend the reach of their high quality, enhanced eBooks to more widely serve their community of educators.

 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by The Picture Book Lab from Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids
Scoop.it!

Can independent developers make money from children's apps?

Can independent developers make money from children's apps? | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it
It may be 'really, really, really hard' but studios are learning valuable lessons on the app stores. By Stuart Dredge

Via Carisa Kluver
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

Great tips for any indie developer entering the app space for the children's market. Competition is stiff, and visibility hard, but with something truly innovative and unique you better your chances.

more...
Carisa Kluver's curator insight, March 23, 2013 11:06 AM

Excellent read for anyone in the biz or considering the biz of kids app development ... (or anyone with kiddos for that matter)

Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

Once upon a time, a children's book app got kids to read at record rates - VentureBeat

Once upon a time, a children's book app got kids to read at record rates - VentureBeat | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it
Once upon a time, a children's book app got kids to read at record rates
VentureBeat
The popularity of the iPad led to an explosion of children's e-books and educational apps.
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

Farfaria, a childrens book app, is getting very popular as their growing number of readers is revealed.

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

Blurring the Digital Page: The Difference Between Book Apps and eBooks

Blurring the Digital Page: The Difference Between Book Apps and eBooks | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it

"In the end, I found it difficult to come up with any working definition for book apps vs eBooks based on the range of enhancements I’ve seen over the past few years."

The Picture Book Lab's insight:

This article sums up the quintessential problem of nomenclature in the digital publishing industry today. The usage of terms like "ebook", "book app" and "digital book" are beginning to get overhwhelmingly confusing with them being used interchangeably most of the time. With industry standards constantly changing and evolving, and multiple different platforms with varying formats, it looks like it's still going to be unclear for some time to come. 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

Keynote lecture by Junko Yokota on digital & print picture books at the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) 2013 conference

Keynote lecture by Junko Yokota on digital & print picture books at the International Research Society for Children's Literature (IRSCL) 2013 conference | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it

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. 

more...
The Picture Book Lab's comment, August 22, 2013 11:26 AM
You're welcome! So glad you took the time to watch this; definitely worth the time investment, I thought.
Rescooped by The Picture Book Lab from Transmedia 4 Kids
Scoop.it!

FlickerLab and Speakaboos Announce Strategic Partnership

FlickerLab and Speakaboos Announce Strategic Partnership | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it
New York, NY (PRWEB) July 22, 2013 -- Leveraging new media landscape to create interactive picture books.

Via cynthia jabar
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

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. 

more...
cynthia jabar's curator insight, August 2, 2013 10:34 AM

"FlickerLab is a cutting-edge transmedia design, technology and production company. FlickerLab has created thousands of hours of award winning animated, live-action, and mixed media content for every platform, from iPads, eBooks, smart phones and the web, to network television, print books, and theater screens. FlickerLab is a pioneer in the age of transmedia, leveraging their own proprietary live animation toolset, a deep experience base in producing for every platform, and a unique strategic vision of how to most effectively create meaningful content in this new platform-hopping media landscape. Visit http://www.flickerlab.com." - PRWeb

Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

What Every Kids’ E-Book Publisher Needs To Know About COPPA | Insights | Ebooks & Kids

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.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by The Picture Book Lab from Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids
Scoop.it!

What is a digital book worth? Reflections on Pricing Book Apps for Kids in 2013

What is a digital book worth? Reflections on Pricing Book Apps for Kids in 2013 | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it

Over two years ago, as one of my very first blog posts I wrote about the prices in the book app market, using my first 100 reviews for analysis. Now that I have reviewed over 700 titles in this new industry, I’d like to share a few of the points I made in 2011, which are still very much true … along with some stats to compare over time.

 

True today and even evident at the very beginning of this revolution in enhanced digital picture books was a tendency toward very low prices. If you compare these apps to other book-like products in the cultural environment, getting new releases for under $3 is rather unusual. However, this ‘sweet spot’ of $2.99 for eBooks is even more true today than two years ago, with over 70% of children’s book apps in our survey priced at $2.99 or less.


Via Carisa Kluver
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

Very helpful data about trends in pricing kids book apps. Ultimately, you can't escape the fact that what you need more than anything else is compelling, quality storytelling to really drive sales.

more...
entreescritores's curator insight, May 22, 2013 3:54 AM

Interesante

 

Dawn Matheson's comment, May 22, 2013 10:44 AM
This is awesome, Carisa. We are often asked "how should I price my eBook?"
Dawn Matheson's curator insight, May 22, 2013 10:45 AM

"How should I price my e-Book?" is definitely among our trending FAQs here at the Mom's Choice Awards. Our thanks to Carissa Cluver (iPad Storytime) for pointing us to this article! ~ Terry

Rescooped by The Picture Book Lab from Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids
Scoop.it!

"An idea can turn to Dust or Magic depending on the talent that rubs against it." » How Not to Make a Children’s eBook

"An idea can turn to Dust or Magic depending on the talent that rubs against it." » How Not to Make a Children’s eBook | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it

Via Carisa Kluver
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

First, you need to understand what doesn't work; essential reading for anyone interested in creating a successful children's ebook. 

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by The Picture Book Lab from e-publish
Scoop.it!

Ebooks vs. print across various behavioral...

Ebooks vs. print across various behavioral... | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it

"Ebooks vs. print across various behavioral categories. Children’s picturebooks are clearly lagging most palpably – here is Martin Salisbury’s thoughtful explanation of why."


Via MEDEM
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

This infographic and the article it links to, show and explain (respectively) why print picture books aren't likely to disappear anytime soon.

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by The Picture Book Lab from Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids
Scoop.it!

TransmediaKids.com: Multi Platform Storytelling : Making Fixed Layout Ebooks for Kids

TransmediaKids.com: Multi Platform Storytelling : Making Fixed Layout Ebooks for Kids | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it

“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.


Via Carisa Kluver
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

Just what I've been looking for. Hopefully it will turn out to be a useful resource. Anybody out there read it and has any feedback?

 

more...
No comment yet.
Scooped by The Picture Book Lab
Scoop.it!

Intro to Picture eBooks and Motion | ePublish a Book

Intro to Picture eBooks and Motion | ePublish a Book | Picture Books and the Digital Shift | Scoop.it
These apps, providing templates aimed at non-publishing professional, provide only a limited amount of options that do not cover the entire array of available...
The Picture Book Lab's insight:

With the ever-increasing list of e-book apps providing templates for creating picture books, which ones do you think measure up to deliver an appealing, robust, and enhanced reading experience?

more...
No comment yet.