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An Adventure Worth Having: Self-Publishing Your Children’s Book as an App | The Digital Media Diet

An Adventure Worth Having: Self-Publishing Your Children’s Book as an App | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Do you have a children’s book inside you just waiting to get out into the world? Maybe you’re an artist/illustrator or a budding children’s book author? Or possibly a savvy programmer with a creative itch to scratch? It used to be common to hear people talk about the children’s book they “always wanted to write”. Now it’s almost as common to hear that they are really going to do it – thanks in part to the new digital world of children’s book apps on the iPad.

But is it really that easy? Is there an app for that? Or even a guidebook on how to get started? Well yes, there is! A new ebook, The Author’s Guide to Book Apps, written by Karen Guinn Robertson (one of the pioneers of this industry) now offers up at least one author’s experience of this adventure and the things she has learned along the way.
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Parenting in the Digital Age: Teaching Kids to Balance Their Own Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet

Parenting in the Digital Age: Teaching Kids to Balance Their Own Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

There are a lot of great models out there that I have seen for achieving a healthy media diet, but so far this one is the most useful for my own family. My son, age seven, understands this tool now well enough to apply it to his own requests for media in our home before asking one of his parents. When he does ask for media, he now begins with, “I know the answer is probably no, because the triangle had only one yes, but …” So, without further ado, here is the model I created, shared with my own family and tested out for a couple weeks: - See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3112

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My thoughts on creating a model kids can internalize to manage their own media diets ...

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Frontiers | Children's interactions with iPad books: research chapters still to be written | Developmental Psychology

Children’s interactions with iPad books: research chapters still to be written
Children’s interactive e-books are novel literacy tools with interactive and multimodal representations of story conte...
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Excellent read with ideas for thoughtful future research ...

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Youth Literature in the Digital Realm – Q&A with Kent State MLIS Students | The Digital Media Diet

Youth Literature in the Digital Realm – Q&A with Kent State MLIS Students | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
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What surprised me about the study? The "explosion of interest in non-fiction picture book apps and apps for older readers." Not sure why I was surprised about nonfiction, but I was.

explosion of interest in non-fiction picture book apps and apps for older readers. - See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3142#sthash.VnifMIN9.dpufexplosion of interest in non-fiction picture book apps and apps for older readers. - See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3142#sthash.VnifMIN9.dpuf
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#ColorMyShelf: Why Kids Need Books That Reflect Diversity

#ColorMyShelf: Why Kids Need Books That Reflect Diversity | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
[Editor's Note: On Sunday, The New York Times published a piece by children's author Walter Dean Myers, Where Are the People of Color in Children's Books?, which has sparked the #colormyshelf trend on Twitter. The topic of diversity in literature is one we've been following and here are some thoughts and suggestions. --Grace]
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Cen Campbell | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders

Cen Campbell | Movers & Shakers 2014 — Tech Leaders | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Cen Campbell founded LittleeLit.com in November 2011 to document her experiments using apps and ebooks in toddler and preschool story times in libraries and children’s museums in Silicon Valley. Soon, other children’s librarians, reviewers, developers, library administrators, and teachers from all over the United States and Canada began to reach out to LittleeLit.com to request training workshops and to share their own experiences on the blog in an effort to establish a community of practice around an issue for which there were limited professional resources and more than a little professional ambivalence.
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If you know only one librarian, this is the one to follow in digital innovation! Cen has a take-no-prisoners, change-the-world-or-bust ideology and is leading the way, pied-piper style, with the hippest librarians following right BESIDE (not behind) her, every step of the way. If she we're an app, I'd give her 5-Stars. ♥

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Love, the app for iPad - Digital Storytime's 5-Star Review

Love, the app for iPad - Digital Storytime's 5-Star Review | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

There are very few apps that come across my tablet these days that 'wow' me on any level. Love, the app is simply the most exceptional app I have seen in 2014 and would be in my "all time" top 10 for the BEST offerings for children AND adults in the digital app market since its inception five years ago. It embodies every element of a good story, irregardless of format. It is moving, thoughtfully constucted and experienced on an almost viceral level when delivered in the beautiful digital "app" package from Niño Studio. - See more at: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=888

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My favorite app of the year (so far). :)

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10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns

10 Reasons Why We Need Research Literacy, Not Scare Columns | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
First and foremost, why jump straight to banning? Handheld devices are the "Swiss Army Knife" of modern life: a safety device to keep in contact with family and friends, a camera for documenting the world, a window to connect with grandpare...
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Excellent follow-up to Cris Rowan's HuffPost article about banning digital devices for kids under 12 - kudos to Kleeman for this thoughtful response!

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Barnes and Noble has Lost Over 1 Billion Dollars on Nook

Barnes and Noble has Lost Over 1 Billion Dollars on Nook | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Barnes and Noble is a company in transition, when it comes to their floundering Nook Media division. In the last two months they have announced the
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10 elements of great digital content for young learners | eSchool News | eSchool News

10 elements of great digital content for young learners | eSchool News | eSchool News | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Digital content is making an impression across the nation. Here are 10 ways digital content can be created to impact young learners.
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Excellent list for developers to consider!

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Publishing has entered a new and different era | FutureBook

Publishing has entered a new and different era | FutureBook | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

“Describing yesterdays as if they were tomorrows”… That’s how author Hugh Howey recently characterized publishing predictions. There’s more than a grain of truth in his assessment.

Most efforts to forecast the future of publishing start with an assumption that the prevailing supply chain will somehow adjust. Time-honored roles like development and curation are said to prevail, and by extension the next moments will look like the past, just that much more digital.

 

Some less sanguine assessments predict the demise of reading as we know it. In this argument, gatekeeping – whether through editors, imprints or booksellers – is a service to readers, one that readers will sorely miss when the new order emerges.

Neither of these two endpoints makes sense.

 

- Read more at: http://www.futurebook.net/content/publishing-has-entered-new-and-different-era

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A New Digital Divide? Production Costs vs Consumer Awareness in New Media Publications for Children – Guest Post by Allison Pomenta | The Digital Media Diet

A New Digital Divide? Production Costs vs Consumer Awareness in New Media Publications for Children – Guest Post by Allison Pomenta | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

At the Launch Kids event at Digital Book World Conference this January, I found contradictions between what people belonging to research institutions were reporting from surveys, and what the publishing sector was conveying. One of these directly pertains to digital children’s books: PlayCollective was presenting survey results indicating that parents expressed continued willingness to purchase full-price ebooks, and more acceptance of the “all you can eat” subscription model.

 

But judging by how the sales are moving among the younger ages (that is, excluding Young Adult books) in the US, as reported by Nielsen Books at the conference, I don’t see that being reflected in their actual buying behavior …

 

Read more at http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3091

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Karen B Wehner's curator insight, February 18, 6:45 PM

Another interesting take on the old expectation that apps should be free, this time from the digital book end of things.

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Planet of the Apps - Fred Rogers Center - Blog

Planet of the Apps - Fred Rogers Center - Blog | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

FEBRUARY 04, 2014

 

POSTED BY: MARY HYNES-BERRY

 

I’m beginning to see evidence that we have evolved into the Planet of the Apps. Technology is controlling human communication, with the dominant species tweeting, twittering, texting, and taking and sending photos and videos with Instagram instead of conversing and cuddling. This is especially true for young children.

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In-depth post about the state of education and apps, with useful rubric guidelines around Child, Content & Context.

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Six Lessons from the App Industry: An Interview with Oceanhouse Media President Michel Kripalani | The Digital Media Diet

Six Lessons from the App Industry: An Interview with Oceanhouse Media President Michel Kripalani | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Among the most innovative, educationally-sound and prolific developers in the book app space is a company that is also one of my favorite to work with as a reviewer and blogger. What follows is a thoughtful and informative interview with the forward-thinking president of Oceanhouse Media, Michel Kripalani. Being first and best in a market this new and fast-changing is not an easy feat, but in this case, it is a well-deserved.

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In Defense of e-Books

In Defense of e-Books | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
This week, both the New York Times and Education Week published articles highlighting findings from a small-scale e-Reading study I conducted with colleagues. As the public starts to consider the f...
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Join #storyappchat on 4/13, 6pm PT to find out more about Heather's exceptional research! Transcript available 24 hours later at: http://storyappchat.wordpress.com

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Are E-Books Better or Worse Than Print For Kids? Both - NBC News

Are E-Books Better or Worse Than Print For Kids? Both - NBC News | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Those fancy interactive e-books on tablets may not be the improvement over print that they appear to be: Research indicates reading comprehension is higher i...
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Join us on Sun, 4/13 at 6pm PT/9pm ET for #storyappchat with special guest, researcher Heather Schugar. :)

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Children’s Books: A Shifting Market

Children’s Books: A Shifting Market | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

PW examines the current state of children's publishing with a look at who's buying, what they're buying, where they're buying, and in what formats.

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"Despite the important inroads made by e-books, the Nielsen numbers show that the majority of children’s books bought are still print books and are still acquired through physical stores. "

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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Björn Jeffrey on Why Toca Boca Won’t Be Selling to Schools

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Björn Jeffrey on Why Toca Boca Won’t Be Selling to Schools | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Toca Boca has emerged as one of the most significant kids producer in the mobile app space. The Swedish-based company has about two dozen apps that have been downloaded 65 million times — and those are paid downloads.

 

The company has found a sweet spot building consumer-facing apps for children that can be sold across the world.

 

Despite their prowess in the App Store, the company is not eyeing the American school market.

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Excellent interview and info about why the "new media" world isn't quite ready for schools (and vice versa).

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Five Myths About Book Apps | Digital Book World

Five Myths About Book Apps | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I recently surveyed my colleagues at the Book App Alliance to find out what myths they hear most often about book apps. Here’s a look at five of the most
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Great summary from Karen Robertson of Book App Alliance ...

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ECRR 2.0: Using Apps and E-Books in Early Literacy Programs

ECRR 2.0: Using Apps and E-Books in Early Literacy Programs | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Here are our slides from ECRR 2.0: Using Apps and E-Books in Early Literacy Programs. There were also a number of ALSC blog posts about our session: E-Books and Apps in Storytime Early literacy and...
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This blog is a great resource but these librarians are prolific, so stop by often! :)

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Meet Warren Buckleitner - GeekDad

Meet Warren Buckleitner - GeekDad | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As the start of an ongoing series of interviews with movers and shakers in the world of educational kids technology, I offer you an interview with Warren Buckleitner. Warren runs the Dust or Magic conference series, and is a writer, teacher, and founding editor of Children’s Technology Review. Continue reading →
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There aren't many individuals who make a bigger impact on children's digital content than Warren Buckleitner .. great interview.

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Peanuts Gang Hits Sourcebooks' Digital Platform

Peanuts Gang Hits Sourcebooks' Digital Platform | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Sourcebooks announced this morning that the Chicago-based publisher is adding the Peanuts gang to its Put Me in the Story digital platform, which allows parents to create personalized versions of children's books as an app or in print format.
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Will Terry - Children's Book Illustrator: Was Making Our "Gary's Place" Story App Worth It?

Will Terry - Children's Book Illustrator: Was Making Our "Gary's Place" Story App Worth It? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

I don’t think most people ask the right questions of themselves in regard to their art. They’ll question my decision to venture down this road while they themselves have been working for years trying to get picked by a publisher - sounds like a tough road. They’ll question how much money I’m making with my apps while they aren’t making much or any money with their artistic ventures.


One question I'm never asked is: What are you doing different to engage parents and children? I think people don't ask this one because they are afraid that they can't create something remarkable. I'm affraid of that too and we do spend a lot of time discussing it and working on it!

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Excellent, thoughtful and revealing piece from the talented author/illustrator Will Terry.

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Take Five for Family Engagement: Early Learning Apps from the Fred Rogers Center | The Digital Media Diet

Take Five for Family Engagement: Early Learning Apps from the Fred Rogers Center | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This month's "Take 5" post features five free iPhone apps (plus one free Android app) created by the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media. With these fun apps, designed for young children and their families to use together, you can go on a photo scavenger hunt, enhance family routines and engage in active, outdoor play.


The Fred Rogers Center website also is a stunning resource for early learning, with a wonderful blog and great tips for caregivers and early childhood educators. Of special note is their new early learning environment, ELE, designed to guide the use of digital media to support early learning and development.

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200 Million Americans Want to Publish Books, But Can They? : Publishing Perspectives

200 Million Americans Want to Publish Books, But Can They? : Publishing Perspectives | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Some 200 Million Americans say they want to publish a book, but lack of attendance at the IBPA’s Publishing University at BEA suggests a disregard […]
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Another great #EtherIssue from Porter Anderson

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Carisa - I'd be curious to know why the scoop on a 3-year-old article. IBPA Publishing U has done its own thing for several years now.
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Time for Ebook Subscriptions for Children’s Titles | Digital Book World

Time for Ebook Subscriptions for Children’s Titles | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Another ebook subscription service was announced last week and this one is aimed at children.  Epic! launched with 2,000 titles in an “all-you-can-read”
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