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Topic for the 10/21/12 #storyappchat: Animations and Interactivity

Topic for the 10/21/12 #storyappchat: Animations and Interactivity | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Why turn a kid’s book into an app? There seem to be a lot of people asking this question, and for good reason. After all, print books are wonderful in and of themselves. Why create book apps at all?

 

Obviously those of us here at #storyappchat have strong opinions on this, mostly in favor of creating for tablet and mobile devices. But I believe the following question should be asked at the beginning of the creation (writing, illustrating, designing, coding) process: Can this story best be told in app form? And if so, what interactive features should be included in order to enhance/uplift/further the story? 

 

Here’s a good post which talks a bit about how the process of creating an app is different from creating a print book–from the ground up. We’ve all seen book apps that feature an already-beloved print book with some extra animations, sounds and/or puzzles included, in now familiar, expected and distracting ways. I wonder if the app-buying public isn’t already a little tired of this approach. App publishers seem to be listening, too, based on the new features added to several of the Oceanhouse Media titles.

 

What are those features that really belong in a storybook app–those features that engage, surprise and delight children (and parents), instead of just existing as an excuse to crank out yet another story in app form? Let’s discuss, debate and hash out this issue during the next #storyappchat on Sunday, October 21 at 9:00 p.m. Eastern/6:00 p.m. Pacific. Just start using the #storyappchat hashtag in your tweets around then to join us!

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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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How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors | Jane Friedman

How to Publish an E-Book: Resources for Authors | Jane Friedman | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
A round-up of the best resources and tools for how to publish an e-book.
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Unusual bedtime picture book a self-publishing success story | The Salt Lake Tribune

Unusual bedtime picture book a self-publishing success story | The Salt Lake Tribune | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
You may have heard of Roger. He’s the little rabbit in a new bedtime book that can’t go to sleep, RIGHT NOW. In a month’s time, which is lightning speed in publishing, Penguin Random House ...
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Do E-Books Earn More Money at Lower Prices? | | Observer

Do E-Books Earn More Money at Lower Prices? | | Observer | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
There's a fierce debate about what e-books should cost. The big publishers' bet on higher prices is not paying off, at least in profit.
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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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The Growth and Effectiveness of Interactive Ebooks for Learning | Digital Book World

The Growth and Effectiveness of Interactive Ebooks for Learning | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
In a blog post for Digital Book World, Matt Goolding discusses the state of interactive ebooks in schools and explains what advances must be made.
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Why The Battle Between E-Books And Print May Be Over : NPR

Why The Battle Between E-Books And Print May Be Over : NPR | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
It's safe to say that e-books disrupted the publishing industry. But sales have leveled off and not entirely for the reasons some have reported.
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Up, up and away? | The Bookseller

Up, up and away? | The Bookseller | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Five years ago, the e-book was set fare to crush everything before it. The narrative has now reversed itself. Yet if I felt troubled by the earlier view, the new talk worries me even more. Reidy’s rejoinder is key: we do not know enough to be so definitive in our analysis, and what we do know does not tell one story.

 
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Interesting read! Final quote especially - "But digital is now as big a part of this industry as print—and for some authors and publishers it is the only business they are in. If two distinct markets are now developing, we would do well to acknowledge that both are important, and important to each other. This we know."

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People are Not Reading the e-Books they Buy Anymore

People are Not Reading the e-Books they Buy Anymore | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Are people reading the e-books they purchase from companies such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble or Kobo? There is growing research data that is supporting the
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I wonder if this spills over to enhanced digital book apps for kids? Probably not reading them over and over like picture books in print, but not reading purchased digital #kidlit book at all seems unlikely.

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Digital publishing: In praise of pioneers | American Libraries Magazine

Digital publishing: In praise of pioneers | American Libraries Magazine | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
But let’s focus on a new and better story. Disruption clears a path for pioneers, visionaries who see an opportunity where others see a threat. When it comes to ebooks, a few publishers are worthy of note. They not only experiment with technology in ways that significantly enhance the product, but they also reach out … Continue reading Digital publishing: In praise of pioneers →
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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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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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