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The Changing Face of Children’s Books – New Challenges, New Opportunities | The Digital Media Diet

The Changing Face of Children’s Books – New Challenges, New Opportunities | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
It’s been less than a year since I began reviewing digital book apps, and the growth has been remarkable. The entry into this market by major publishers also signals that this is a serious transition, not a mere fad. In just the past six months alone, this market has exploded, making it possible to have hundreds of good children’s books in app form.
So what does this revolution mean for books, readers and people who create picture books for children?[/b][/i]
1. Books can be more portable, increasing the opportunities to read.[/b] No need to pack books or anticipate opportunities to read with your child. If you have your iPad/iPhone/iPod with you, those extra minutes waiting in line at the store or for the Dr. can become times when children & parents share a favorite book app.
2. Books can be more than just ‘books’ becoming a transmedia experience that can offer extended learning, extra help for struggling readers and even games or other ‘edutainment’[/b]. This is both a challenge and an opportunity. For the first time, books can take back some of the hours the average child spends in front of the television, offering an experience that children find just as appealing as cartoons on Saturday morning. But it can also turn reading into ‘screen time’ – meaning parents need to be more mindful about not just what kids are reading, but how that reading is happening (if at all).
3. Self-Publishing can become just another kind of publishing, on nearly equal footing with big publishers and well-branded characters.[/b] This brings more opportunities for new authors, illustrators and other independent publishers to create dynamic children’s books for young readers. It also means the market is more diverse, including a wider diversity in quality. This can be a challenge, meaning parents need to screen books for not only appropriateness but also for qualities like proper translation, articulated narration and even the most basic proof-reading and editing.
4. Curation of books has become vital. Ways to discover good picture book apps is still in flux. [/b]Sites like Digital Storytime and other review sites for kids book apps are therefore much more important than they would be for print titles. Book bloggers, reviewers and social media buzz have also become much more important to the success of a kid’s book (app). This is because there is no central clearing house for finding quality digital book apps (beyond the app store). Without even ISBN numbers, catalogues or library databases (or even knowledgeable librarians) to consult, these on-line resources have gotten a big bump in importance. A digital book needs a digital source for discoverability, too, especially when there aren’t prominent spots on bookstore shelves to vie for visibility.
And what will the future bring? [/b][/i]My hope is that ...
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Karen's comment, July 19, 2011 2:31 AM
When my dyslexic son chose book apps over games on the iPad, I knew that book apps were right for our family. Your Top 10 Lists have been an invaluable resource for us.Thanks for the work you are doing!
Carisa Kluver's comment, July 19, 2011 12:05 PM
That's wonderful, Karen! Thank you for sharing - you made my day. :)

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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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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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If You Don’t Want to Headline an FTC Press Release…

If You Don’t Want to Headline an FTC Press Release… | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
In light of the FTC's recent ruling that Focus Education made unproven claims about its Jungle Rangers game, David Kleeman shares how developers and companies can avoid ending up in this position.
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Topic for discussion, Feb. 1, 2015 (Sunday) on #storyappchat at 6pm PT/9pm ET

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Dawn Matheson's curator insight, January 30, 12:49 PM

Thinking about creating an app? Understanding the FTC's rules of the road (not to mention basic marketing etiquette and best practices) is a must!

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Young Children, New Media, and Libraries - A Review - ALSC Blog

Young Children, New Media, and Libraries - A Review - ALSC Blog | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Young Children, New Media, and Libraries: A Guide for Incorporating New Media into Library Collections, Services, and Programs for Families and Children Ages 0-5. 2014


Campbell, Cen. Koester, Amy. Chapter One: New Media in Youth Librarianship.


Prendergast, Tess. Chapter Two: Children and Technology: What can research tell us?


In the first chapter of this free professional resource on the topic of young children and new media, Little eLit Ladies Campbell and Koester make a case and a call to action for librarians to become media mentors to support families.   Young Children, New Media, and Libraries, the book, is unfolding in monthly releases, a chapter at a time and that can only increase its value. These dynamic thinkers in chapter one describe challenges to be met, such as “[t]he proliferation of digital content for children, and the mainstream interest in media consumption by young children.” They recognize opportunities to seize like inviting families to “break the paradigm of children interacting by themselves with a mobile device” by showing “parents how they can support their children’s engagement through joint use of media”.

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Cut to the Core: Educators Find Ways to Disrupt the Materials Market

Cut to the Core: Educators Find Ways to Disrupt the Materials Market | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As fallout from the Common Core rollout continues, a noticeable trend has emerged.
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Digital Book World surveys authors - 'Risks, Rewards, Commitment' | The Bookseller

Digital Book World surveys authors - 'Risks, Rewards, Commitment' | The Bookseller | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This year, we take the primary question raised by [the 2014] debate, coupled with the results of last year’s survey, as a starting point and ask: What is the nature of the various publishing business models? Who takes on risk and how much? What are the rewards, and how are they split? And finally, given these arrangements, what do authors really get in the end?

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How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace: Digital Book World, Day 3

How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace: Digital Book World, Day 3 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Nielsen offers specific figures on how ebook sales have affected print sales in adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and juvenile categories.
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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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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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Great insights from Sarah Towle ...

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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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How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace

How E-Books Have Changed the Print Marketplace | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Nielsen offers specific figures on how ebook sales have affected print sales in adult fiction, adult nonfiction, and juvenile categories.
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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, February 5, 7:29 PM

Reading in evolution.

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Community Post: 12 Multicultural Kids' Book Apps Every Parent Should Know

Community Post: 12 Multicultural Kids' Book Apps Every Parent Should Know | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Perpetually infuriated by the lack of multicultural children's apps? Fret no more! Just in time for Multicultural Children's Book Day, here are a dozen storybook apps to teach your little one about...
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Long live the ebook – it’s a champion of the printed word

Long live the ebook – it’s a champion of the printed word | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Philip Jones: With the public promiscuously hopping from one format to another, reports of the e-reader’s death look distinctly premature
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The E-Books vs. Print Books Debate Arises Again, and This Time, There's Talk of Digital "Dying Out"

Ever since e-books arrived on the scene, forecasters have said year after year that it’s only a matter of time before they ultimately edge print books out altogether. Now, however, some seem to think the opposite may be true: that the e-books market might be slowing down — or even drying up! — and print books may “win the war” after all.

 

So what’s all the fuss about?

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Moms With Apps aims to direct parents to responsible apps for kids

Moms With Apps aims to direct parents to responsible apps for kids | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Organisation now has more than 330 developers signed up to its best practices on privacy and transparency for their children’s apps
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