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The 2012 CYBILS Literary Awards – Five iPad Book Apps to Make the Cut | The Digital Media Diet

The 2012 CYBILS Literary Awards – Five iPad Book Apps to Make the Cut | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

Book apps have been around since the iPhone launched apps in 2008, although it wasn’t until the larger screen option with the iPad in 2010 that they really caught fire in the book blogging community. In 2011, book apps were considered for Cybils for the first time.

 

In this second year, we had the opportunity to consider more than 80 book apps. Of these many fine nominated book apps, we could choose only a small number as finalists for 2012. 

 

There is just one category to consider everything from graphic novel apps aimed at tweens to picture book apps for toddlers (and everything else in-between, including fiction & non-fiction titles). Needless to say, it was very challenging to pick just five apps to move on to the final round.


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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, February 18, 2013 9:02 PM

Here are five great apps from 2012 you don't want to miss ...

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 19, 2013 12:29 AM

Five finalist children's and young adult apps from 2012.  

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The New Breed of Children’s Book Authors | Digital Book World

The New Breed of Children’s Book Authors | Digital Book World | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it
This article was written for the program book distributed for participants of  Publishers Launch: Children’s Publishing Goes Digital, a full-day conference

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:43 PM

Publishing has changed dramatically in the past 2 years ... read more to find out how this may impact storybook apps, print releases and the entire world of children's publishing.

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, December 19, 2012 7:57 PM

Children's and young adult book authors need to expand their skill sets for the digital age.

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Cybils: 2012 Finalists Book Apps

Cybils: 2012 Finalists Book Apps | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it
The Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards

 

Welcome to this year's Cybils short lists, brought to you by the hardest-working kidlit and YA book bloggers in existence.


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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, January 1, 2013 1:20 PM

See the five book apps that made the cut for this year's Cybils' Award ... one will win the final award, announced on February 14th, 2013.

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, January 3, 2013 5:28 AM

Finalists announced for Children's and Young Adults book bloggers award.

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Are Apps The Future of Book Publishing? - Forbes

Are Apps The Future of Book Publishing? - Forbes | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

We’re at the dawn of the tablet era now. Earlier this month, Apple sold 3 million of its new iPad during the opening weekend, with some analysts expecting over 60 million of the tablets to be sold worldwide. What’s more, e-book readers are selling even more briskly than tablets. People are using those e-readers, too. On Amazon.com, books for its Kindle outsell its paper books.

 

What’s more, the explosion of e-books is putting pressure on publishers between demands for price cuts on one hand, and competition from independent authors like Amanda Hocking, who earned over $2 million selling e-books on her own before signing with a major publisher.

 

It’s no surprise, then, that publishers are turning to the app as a possible product for books moving forward.  This has led to another movement towards enhanced books, particularly as apps for iPhone, Android, and other tablets. Are tablet apps the book of the future? In order to find out, I talked to authors, publishers, and app programmers, and read more than a few book apps.


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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, January 3, 2013 8:57 AM

Nicely detailed article about the challenges for traditional publishers, the ways book apps stand out from other formats and advice for getting into this popula but fast-moving industry ...

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Print and eBooks cannot co-exist after all | @TheFutureBook

Print and eBooks cannot co-exist after all | @TheFutureBook | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

Swimming (or sinking) in a new world owned by device-manufacturers (who are, not coincidentally, store owners), publishers oft comfort themselves with the idea that the old will co-exist with the new somehow. Who knows, perhaps it will, but for a moment let's test the strength of the logic on which the most commonly advanced co-existence arguments are based ...


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iPad school: New media is altering teaching style, creates digital students

iPad school: New media is altering teaching style, creates digital students | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it
iPads and smartphones are two examples of new media forms changing how teachers design lesson plans and interact with students. Digital learning is being increasingly advocated in urban schools across the country.

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Illustration Artist Comes Full Circle at Children’s Book Fair | UConn Today

Illustration Artist Comes Full Circle at Children’s Book Fair | UConn Today | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

When she participates in the 21stannual Connecticut Children’s Book Fair this weekend in the Rome Ballroom on South Campus as a member of the Art Department faculty, Alison Paul will have come full circle in her involvement with the event.

 

She first arrived at the Book Fair in 2007 as the author and illustrator of her first book ...


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Children’s Digital Publishing Becomes Greater Industry Focus | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Digital Publishing News

Children’s Digital Publishing Becomes Greater Industry Focus | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Digital Publishing News | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

When ebooks and dedicated e-reading devices first grew in popularity, a sizeable section of the digital reading public felt that children’s books didn’t lend themselves well to ebooks. Aside from the concerns over handing a young reader an expensive device, some likened the reading experience as being too close to other forms of electronic entertainment for children. Others held onto the nostalgia associated with sharing a hardbound children’s book with their kids, contending that ebooks were digitized for portability and convenience, not for the experience of reading or learning to read, as the case may be.

 

But new studies have shown that children’s ebook sales are on the rise ...

 


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iBooks Author And The Power Of The Globe – Guest Post by Jon Smith | The Digital Media Diet

iBooks Author And The Power Of The Globe – Guest Post by Jon Smith | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

This guest post is brought to you from Jon Smith, a special education & technology resource teacher. Mr. Smith has also helped his students self-publish several iBooks, including, It Was A Dark And Stormy Classroom and The Two Kids and Desert Town.

 

I taught special education students in an urban elementary school.  My students often struggled with learning and especially struggled with writing.  I constantly wondered what I could do to help them become better writers. Our district implemented a new writing program.  It didn’t help.  I tried to make writing topics more exciting.  That didn’t help either.  I began losing hope in ever getting students to write better until January 2012.


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Topic for the 11/18/12 #storyappchat: Inspiration

Topic for the 11/18/12 #storyappchat: Inspiration | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

Where do ideas come from?

 

Do they hit us like bolts of lightning, coming in unannounced and without warning? Or do they start as small seeds that need to be cultivated and cared for, like plants in a garden?

How do ideas come to you? Are there ways to increase the chances that good ideas will occur, or is it a hit-or-miss, luck-of-the-draw thing?

 

Let’s discuss this topic during the next #storyappchat this Sunday, November 18, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Bring your inspiration hat, and just start tweeting with the #storyappchat hashtag. See you then!


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As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living

As Boom Lures App Creators, Tough Part Is Making a Living | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it
App developers have turned cellphones and tablets into powerful tools, spawning a multibillion-dollar industry but making huge sacrifices in the process.

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VQR » Blog » Notes on Selling One’s Identity

VQR » Blog » Notes on Selling One’s Identity | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it
When my son was five months old, my friend Stephanie and I decided to start a magazine about motherhood.

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Face It! You Are a Children’s Librarian in the Digital Age | ALSC Blog

Face It! You Are a Children’s Librarian in the Digital Age | ALSC Blog | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

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Is Technology Damaging our Children's Speech & Language Skills? - Playing With Words 365

Is Technology Damaging our Children's Speech & Language Skills? - Playing With Words 365 | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

I actually fought the smart phone craze for a while…but I also saw the may benefits of having one. I fought it because I got sick of seeing people constantly checking their email and such while around other people. And I told myself I wouldn’t do that.

 

But admittedly, I do sometimes.

 

Being transparent with you all and honest…I do think (and always have) that technology can definitely hinder speech and language development. And here is why.

 

The time spent (for a child) on the iPad is….


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Terry Doherty's curator insight, February 25, 2013 11:32 AM

What do you think? New media "talk" to kids ... they're absobing language. Food for thought ...

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 8, 2013 11:30 PM

A reverse look at technology not as an aid for language learning, but rather as a potentially damaging tool for young children learning speech and other language-related skills.

Guy Garey's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:33 PM

This particular article helps to clarify the perennial discussion of 'how much is enough, & how much is too much?' Is technology something that can be labelled 'good' or 'bad'?  Is it something like sugar, which is fine in small amounts but sickening as the sole dietary ingredient? The scenario presented (technology, especially the TV, in a home with young children) may not be yours at the moment, but the directives contained here are applicable widely. This is a fine rebuttal to a laissez-faire acceptance of any electronic gadgetry 'because it's there.'

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Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2013 | Digital Book World

Ten Bold Predictions for Ebooks and Digital Publishing in 2013 | Digital Book World | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it
Seeing as though 2012 is just about over, we’ve gathered publishing experts to predict what extraordinary events are to come in book publishing in 2013.

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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, December 22, 2012 2:20 PM

Explosive growth is coming:


2013 will be the year of the enhanced ebook ... “There will be more enhanced ebooks by far in 2013 than there were in 2012". Expect it to be even harder for the average title (in any genre) to get reviewed & noticed.

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Books as apps deserve serious consideration - Tools of Change for Publishing

Books as apps deserve serious consideration - Tools of Change for Publishing | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

While following FutureBook 12 recently (#fbook12) a topic came to mind that I feel needs to gain additional traction: Books as apps play an important role vs. existing ebook platforms.

 

This is a frightening future for many in publishing (and for many authors) but it’s true.

 

Books as apps enable authors to control the key components necessary to ensure their works are freely available and readily shareable. When an author is the provider of the book in app form, they decide what can be done in and with the book.

 

Can comments be made? Can paragraphs be copied and shared? Can margin notes be shared / publicly visible in a way that authors want them to be (e.g. to all readers of the book) vs. in a controlled environment where the retailer determines the way a reader can engage.


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Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain - The Digital Shift

Libraries Use iPads and Apps to Ramp Up Storytime, but Concerns Remain - The Digital Shift | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

A recent storytime at the Watertown (MA) Free Public Library began, as usual, with a song, followed by a “stand up, sit down” exercise to help the kids settle in. Children read from Don and Audrey Wood’s iconic picture book The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear. But then came a digital twist.

 

Emily Miranda, Watertown’s supervisor of children’s services, passed out 15 iPads. Parents and children huddled close and opened The Three Little Pigs (Nosy Crow), an interactive, musical app, which allows children to physically participate in the story. “The characters have these fantastic British accents,” says Miranda. “It’s really fun to watch the kids blowing their houses down. Their snot’s going everywhere and it’s great!”

 

Watertown’s experiment with “digital storytime” is part of a larger, nationwide shift toward using apps in children’s library programs for education, entertainment, and involving parents in the learning process ...


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Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 8, 2013 8:06 PM

Interesting transition time for children's librarians ...

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Love the height of the iPad on the shelf end in that photo!
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Digital Literacy! 

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Top literary agents talk author management at FutureBook

Top literary agents talk author management at FutureBook | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

Table of Contents

 

Three Agents, Changing

Author Solutions: Shatzkin & the Self-Pubs

Curtis Brown in Amazonia: UK Authors in America

Post-DoJ: Hachette’s New Contracts

Conferences to Come: And Discounts to Go

Books: Reading on the Ether

Last Gas: Waffling about Riffling


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My students all have iPads – now what? | SchoolTechnology.org

My students all have iPads – now what? | SchoolTechnology.org | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

"I have been putting the finished touches on my TIES 2012 Education Technology Conference workshop for next week called “My students all have iPads – now what?” The workshop is going to be a lot of fun with lots of examples of kids doing amazing things with iPads.

http://ties2012.sched.org/speaker/bradf1 "


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KidTech: Discussing Children & Technology with Carisa Kluver of Digital-Storytime and The Digital Media Diet

KidTech: Discussing Children & Technology with Carisa Kluver of Digital-Storytime and The Digital Media Diet | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

KidTech is our new a monthly series of interviews with key "Influencers" in children's technology & early childhood education. From authors of our favorite children's books to influential minds in children's digital media, we endeavor to discuss what's happening in technology, and how the digital revolution is affecting our children and their education.

 

For our inaugural post, we interview Carisa Kluver – the editor and publisher of Digital-Storytime, a review site for iPad picture book apps, and The Digital Media Diet, a smartly-written blog discussing kids, technology, and digital publishing. Carisa is a trusted voice for parents who are balancing technology and education, especially as it relates to storybook apps ...


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Children’s Digital Book Publishing: Trends, Strategies and Tactics | Digital Book World

Children’s Digital Book Publishing: Trends, Strategies and Tactics | Digital Book World | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

The children’s book category is constantly evolving as publishers vie for eyes and dollars from a discerning and increasingly voracious technology user.  To help publishers succeed in this lucrative market, Digital Book World and Publishers Launch Conferences have partnered to offer targeted  programming  at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo 2013, January 15th – 17th in New York City.

 

Children’s Publishing Goes Digital, an exclusive full-day conference track dedicated to children’s publishing is designed to help professionals develop category-specific marketing insights and the tools to deliver an engaging reader experience on a variety of platforms ...


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iPad mini: Ideal eReader for Kids’ Book Apps | The MacTrack - iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac News

Austin, Texas – The selection of educational book apps on iTunes has positioned the iPad mini to become the eReader of choice for kids, according to Carisa Kluver, founder of Digital Storytime, a children’s book app review site.

 

“While the iPad mini’s price point and portability make it an attractive holiday option for families,” Kluver said, “it’s the explosive growth on iTunes of quality book apps – a hybrid of an eBook and a game – that make it irresistible in the educational technology world.”

 

With more than 600 reviews of children’s book apps on her site, Digital Storytime, has become a trusted source for parents, educators and librarians shopping for educational quality story book apps. Because the iTunes App Store’s “Books” category of book apps exceeds the offerings of other platforms such as Android and Kindle in quality and quantity, the iPad mini is a natural choice for families and educators looking to engage children in reading through book apps ...


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Parents Primed to Buy Devices and Ebooks for Their Kids This Holiday Season, New Study Finds | Digital Book World

Parents Primed to Buy Devices and Ebooks for Their Kids This Holiday Season, New Study Finds | Digital Book World | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it

When it comes to their kids and e-reading, parents are prepared to spend this holiday season, an upcoming study has found.

 

Nearly 40% of parents with children aged 2-to-13 who read ebooks plan to purchase a new e-reading device for their children this holiday season, according to the study from New York-based children’s research firm PlayScience and Digital Book World. The study will be released in full exclusively at the Digital Book World Conference + Expo in New York on Jan. 16.

 

Among devices parents are most likely to buy for their children, Amazon’s Kindle Fire leads the way, with 28% of those who intend to purchase saying they plan to buy that device. Next is the iPad Mini, with 21%, followed by the iPad, with 18%. E-readers will be much less popular holiday items for e-reading children this year, with only 11% of parents planning on buying a Kindle e-reader and 7% a Nook e-reader (see chart) ...


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Publishing Perspectives : Ether for Authors: Can We See You?

Publishing Perspectives : Ether for Authors: Can We See You? | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it
This week's edition looks at the troubles counting e-books, why books need ISBNs, the five year history of the Kindle, James Daunt's UK gamble, and more.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD Vs. Apple iPad Mini: Which Tablet is Right for You?

Amazon Kindle Fire HD Vs. Apple iPad Mini: Which Tablet is Right for You? | Publishing in the here and now! | Scoop.it
It's easy enough to compare new 7-inch tablets like Apple's iPad mini and Amazon's Kindle Fire HD based on specs and price alone, but which offers a better reading experience?

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