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Interesting news, reviews & trends in children's digital publishing from founder of Digital-Storytime
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How to Build a Better Digital Book

How to Build a Better Digital Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Interactive graphics, sound effects, and animations can all enhance a child’s reading experience—when used in the right places.
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"Welcome to the brave new world of reading: the clickable, interactive future of books. Just as digital technology is transforming people’s work, social lives, and family ties, it’s naturally transforming the slow, solitary act of reading. Think beyond paper versus pixels—this technology cuts to the very core of what it means to read a book."

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The Open eBooks App Will Allow Children From Low-Income Homes To Access Thousands Of Books For Free

First Book, a new nonprofit, White House-led initiative, has joined forces with publishers, other nonprofits, and the New York Public Library to create an app called Open eBooks that will bring free literature to students across the country. The app is currently being developed by a team of tech leaders working with the New York Public Library, the Digital Public Library of America, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and will provide readers aged 4 to 18 years old, from low-income homes, with thousands of free e-books. 

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The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The Cat in the Hat - Read & Learn is a new app from the talented team at Oceanhouse Media. Launched in 2009, this developer has produced hundreds of high-quality apps for young readers, including all of the titles from Dr. Seuss. Their new version of The Cat in The Hat will not disappoint, but what is different in this title? How has "Read & Learn" improved or changed the digital reading experience?

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Disney Folds Publishing into New Interactive Media Division | Digital Book World

Disney Folds Publishing into New Interactive Media Division | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Disney merges two divisions to create a new Consumer Products and Interactive Media unit, acknowledging the changing landscape for children's content.
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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, July 3, 3:10 AM

Disney finally forges ahead into transmedia storytelling.

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Digital Book World 2016 Survey: What Matters Now in Publishing? | Digital Book World

Digital Book World 2016 Survey: What Matters Now in Publishing? | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Take the Digital Book World 2016 survey and voice your interests and concerns about the state of digital publishing, and help shape next year's conference.
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COMMENT: All's fair in sex, love, war - and books: How ebooks have changed publishing

COMMENT: All's fair in sex, love, war - and books: How ebooks have changed publishing | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
HAVE you written a steamy novel that would make Christian Grey blush? Or perhaps your fantasy creatures make Daenerys Stormborn’s dragons in Game of Thrones look like timid household pets.
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Updated: The Key Book Publishing Paths in 2015 [Chart]

Updated: The Key Book Publishing Paths in 2015 [Chart] | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Should you self-publish or traditionally publish? This infographic will help you determine the best choice for you and your project.
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The Case For Libraries

The Case For Libraries | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As the amount of retail shelf space for marketing physical books continues to shrink, libraries have all the tools to pick up the slack.
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David Wiesner's Spot for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review

David Wiesner's Spot for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Fans of David Wiesner are familiar with his talent for visual storytelling. Many of his books actually contain no words, as is the case for this app. That leaves readers (or in this case the app users) the ability to use their imaginations and create their own version of what is going on.


The white and blue pencil zooms into a snow scene full of sledding bugs and snowflakes. You can even zoom into some mold on a sandwich and discover a whole forest scene, including a ladybug family on a picnic together. via http://smartappsforkids.com

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6 Tips for Designing a Successful Educational Apps for Children

6 Tips for Designing a Successful Educational Apps for Children | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Mobile is a major e-learning trend both educators and designers should watch closely in the upcoming year. Not only will mobile platforms provide an increasingly personalized experience, but also offer... more »
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How to Create Picture Ebooks for Kids

How to Create Picture Ebooks for Kids | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Amazon's Kids' Book Creator allows the average Joe to create illustrated children's books for the Kindle and upload them directly to Amazon.
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2015 App Reviewer Survey from Big Ideas Machine : The Digital Media Diet

2015 App Reviewer Survey from Big Ideas Machine : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Last fall (2014) I participated in a survey of over 50 app reviewers by Big Ideas Machine, about how we decide which apps to cover, how many requests we get, how best to get our attention and other aspects of this new industry.


The results are very interesting, with just a few charts I’ve shared here. I found myself nodding my head often in agreement, although there are a lot of nuances to getting an app reviewed, especially depending on your app’s genre, audience and long-term value. I know I learned a lot!

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Reframing Education: Why Every Child in the US Should be Home Schooled : The Digital Media Diet

Reframing Education: Why Every Child in the US Should be Home Schooled : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

“Parents are the primary educators of their children.” This phrase was echoed in my training as a health educator and social worker so often it became a mantra to me. Modern educators hear it a lot, although they may not always understand the core of what it really means. The primary, consistent and most influential teachers any child has are his or her own parents or caregivers. This seems obvious, but we often forget this in our interactions with parents and families of young children. We all think we know what’s best, whether we are a grandparent in the grocery store aisle, a teacher or social service provider.

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Touchpress at five | The Bookseller

Touchpress at five | The Bookseller | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

"A significant milestone in the marriage of text, photos and deep interactivity." Mac Slocum's interview from August 2010 with Theodore Gray is well worth revisiting. Months later, in February 2011 at O'Reilly Media's Tools of Change, we all saw the revolving, gleaming images of The Elements, luminous on the big screens in Gray's presentation. Objective-C programming and Wolfram's Mathematica were behind it, but, as Gray told Slocum, warming the hearts of Books in Browsers fans, "both the print and ebook versions started out as a website." With Touchpress now five years old and the maker of many apps, its founder Gray reminds us: "The common thread is that these technologies must be approached with the eye of an artist and a dreamer." -- Porter Anderson


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BAA’s Sarah Towle on Her 5-Year Journey from Critical Acclaim to Commercial Flop to Kickstarter Inspiration | The Book App Alliance

BAA’s Sarah Towle on Her 5-Year Journey from Critical Acclaim to Commercial Flop to Kickstarter Inspiration | The Book App Alliance | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It all started with a book. In 2006, I set out to write an interactive history of Paris for teens and tweens, motivated by the simple truth that many young people find history boring. Yet history is just a collection of great stories. If told well, they can capture even the youngest imaginations.

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The Industry's Latest Thinking on Disruption and Innovation | Digital Book World

The Industry's Latest Thinking on Disruption and Innovation | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
July's free DBW In Brief issue on digital disruption and innovation asks what transformations might come next, where they might come from and how.
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KidlitCon Registration is OPEN

KidlitCon Registration is OPEN | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
From our friends over at Kidlitosphere Central: We are thrilled to announce that registration for KidLitCon 2015 is now open.  We have been working on superior content for our two days of discussion and networking. We are expecting topics…
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Snow White by Nosy Crow for iPad - Digital Storytime's 5-Star Review

Snow White by Nosy Crow for iPad - Digital Storytime's 5-Star Review | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This book app leads the pack, turning a classic tale into a vibrant, immersive experience where readers are actively involved in the narrative.

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Breaking Boundaries: The State of Children’s Apps in 2015

Breaking Boundaries: The State of Children’s Apps in 2015 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

At this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (29 Mar – 4 Apr), I had the pleasure of experiencing the top fiveBolognaRagazzi Digital Award winning apps before they were announced to the public. All beautiful works developed specifically for the screen, they prove that 2014 was the year children’s apps truly broke from the boundaries imposed by the page.

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The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book | Mediashift | PBS

The Real Costs of Self-Publishing a Book | Mediashift | PBS | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
At every writers conference or self-publishing panel the question that almost always inevitably comes up is: “How much will self-publishing really cost me?” Because the book publishing industry is one of the last industries to go digital, it's going through a quick transition.
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Picture Book Apps and the Case of the Vanishing Author | Digital Book World

Picture Book Apps and the Case of the Vanishing Author | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Children's authors are too often cut out of the development process for picture book apps. Here's why, and what's lost when that happens.
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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, March 31, 10:18 PM

Thanks to Clarisa Kluver: A warning for children's writers.

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Evaluation of New Media: Chapter Five of the Little eLit Book

Evaluation of New Media: Chapter Five of the Little eLit Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
We are happy to announce the release today of the fifth chapter of our book, Young Children, New Media, and Libraries. This chapter, “Evaluation of New Media,” was co-authored by children’s librari...
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My chapter, with the fabulous Claudia Haines ... full book will be out by the end of the year, being published monthly by chapter.

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2015 Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report – Implications for Digital Books : The Digital Media Diet

2015 Scholastic Kids & Family Reading Report – Implications for Digital Books : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Earlier this month, Scholastic published the 5th edition of their bi-annual report on children’s reading frequency, preferences and attitudes.

This report is one of just a few critical resources for anyone trying to make sense of the changing demographics and trends for young readers.

We discussed the survey last Sunday, January 25, 2015 on #StoryAppChat with our regular guests from the publishing industry. You can see our Storify transcript here:

https://storify.com/brooks_jones/storyappchat-transcript-for-01-25-15

Read the full report here:http://www.scholastic.com/readingreport/downloads.htm
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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 5, 7:26 PM

Of interest to all children's and young adult story creators.

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2015 App Reviewer Survey -

2015 App Reviewer Survey - | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The 2015 app reviewer survey gives readers a deeper understand as to what it is that motivates app reviewers to even consider looking at an app.
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Excellent new survey research ... I contributed and found myself nodding in agreement as I read their results.

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