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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 Digital Book Apps for Kids | 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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Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age: Picture Book App Trends

Challenges and Opportunities in the Digital Age: Picture Book App Trends | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Last week at the Bookseller’s Annual Children’s Conference, one bit of commentary on the picture book app sent dozens of messages to my assorted in-boxes. The critic, Nicolette Jones (a children’s book reviewer for London’s Sunday Times) was reported as saying,

“What I have more reservations about, although I see some publishers working very hard at it, are the kind of apps that replace a book. Picture book apps. I’ve never seen a picture book-app that does something that a book doesn’t do better.”

First of all, I wasn’t there nor have I spoken to Ms. Jones directly. I always assume comments like this might have some additional context. I’ve been misquoted out-of-context many times and cannot help but empathize with the challenging role she fills as a cultural critic. However, I also have heard very similar and wrong-headed assertions from many people who think they understand every aspect of the picture book and are satisfied with this format as it is, thank you very much.

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The Book App “Gold Rush” Reveals More Misinformation than Financial Success Stories : The Digital Media Diet

The Book App “Gold Rush” Reveals More Misinformation than Financial Success Stories : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

As the developer of an Alice title, David was sensitive to a story about a book app version of Alice to recently make a splash in technology news. Just over two weeks ago, on September 29, 2014, the website VentureBeat covered a ‘story’ about an Alice in Wonderland app that claimed to be making $70,000 a week from iTunes downloads. The journalist, Tom Cheredar, was responsive to the onslaught of developers and other industry insiders who immediately saw this claim as highly suspect. Upon further investigation, VentureBeat issued an ‘update’ at the top of the article that stated:

VentureBeat has learned that the revenue figure ($70,000 for the final week of August 2014) provided by The Alice App’s creator was not accurate, and cannot be independently verified. We apologize, and have added a note to the corresponding paragraph where revenue for The Alice App is first mentioned.

- See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3354

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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Transmedia in Children’s Apps: Now Is the Time for Innovation

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Transmedia in Children’s Apps: Now Is the Time for Innovation | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

In 2012, the phrase “Digital Wild West” was used as a catch-all to describe the unregulated and chaotic status of the children’s app landscape. Although the field is still characterized by relatively few rules and low “survival rate,” several efforts have been made to help parents and educators separate the good from the bad, or as the Children’s Technology Review calls it, “dust from magic.”

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A propos du transmédia dans les applications pour enfants

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What's apt in an app? #FutureChat recap | The Bookseller

What's apt in an app? #FutureChat recap | The Bookseller | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

And if you're trying to choose an app for your child?


It depends on what your goal is. If your goal is to strengthen your child's skills with multiplication...figure that out first. Because it's very easy to get distracted by the bells and whistles and interaction in an app. And forget why you got there in the first place.


That's Clarisa Kluver (seen as @iPad _storytime on Twitter), in a "Family Confidential" video with Annie Fox. It was pointed out to us by FutureBook community member (and apps man) Dave Neal, following our #FutureChat on children's apps Friday. And while Kluver -- who also joined us Friday -- isn't limited in her comments to reading or book apps, a lot of what she's saying touches on some of the fundamental issues in the space. It's some of those issues -- as flagged during The Bookseller's recent Children's Conference #kidsconf14 -- that will be talked about at Frankfurt Book Fair this week. For many publishers, the question of apps has become a confused one, a kind of sideline in terms of questionable sales and controversial learning values.

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Some Notes On Children's Literature Critics And Their Thinkings About Apps

Some Notes On Children's Literature Critics And Their Thinkings About Apps | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Unfortunately we weren't able to attend the Bookseller's Children's Conference held in London last month, mostly because we live on the other side of the world. Nevertheless, I read children's book...
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The Bookseller Children’s Conference 2014: A Recap

The Bookseller Children’s Conference 2014: A Recap | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

I may only have arrived in London two weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist the
temptation, yesterday, to crawl out from under the boxes to attend The
Bookseller’s Children’s Conference 2014. I am so glad I did!


What a wonderful opportunity to cross paths with the few people I already know in the UK Kidlit world – shout out to you, Lucy Coats – as well as to make the acquaintance of so many other fellow writers and publishers. Most importantly, it provided me a quick lesson in all the latest news and updates in the UK world of creating awesome content for children. Here’s a summary of what I learned:

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Wonderful update!

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Children's apps: 'Technology interferes with the story in most apps'

Children's apps: 'Technology interferes with the story in most apps' | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Author and critic Nicolette Jones says she’s never seen a picture-book app doing something a book can’t do better. By Stuart Dredge
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Thoughtful response from Stuart Dredge … "The inherent assumption here – that kids can’t do both over the course of their week, with good parenting the key to ensuring screen-jabbing doesn’t squeeze out reading – really bugs me. But I see where the view comes from: the importance of reading, as well as that one-on-one time with a parent that often comes with it."

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KidLit TV's Sneak Peek | Roxie Munro Interview with Rocco Staino - YouTube

You're going to love this exclusive sneak peek at an excerpt from the premiere episode of KidLit TV's new talk show hosted by Rocco Staino.

Rocco Staino is the Director of Empire State Center for the Book. He is also a Contributing Editor at School Library Journal, and a Contributing Writer at The Huffington Post––and now he's with KidLit TV!

Tune in here to our KidLit TV YouTube channel and at our site: http://www.KidLit.TV which launches this fall.

The KLTV YouTube Channel and website will showcase an extensive collection of videos for creators, consumers, and industry insiders in the world of children's literature, aka KidLit!

Stay Tuned! The Fun Starts this Fall on http://www.KidLit.TV

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/KidLitTV
Pin us on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/KidLitTV
Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/NYMediaWorks

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Check out KidLit.TV ... an interesting new idea!

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Children’s Librarians as Media Mentors for Families with Young Children

Children’s Librarians as Media Mentors for Families with Young Children | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
What if families had a trusted, well-informed community partner, or media mentor, that they could talk to about their child’s media use?

There is a lot of research and professional discussion underway about the use of digital media with young children, but families often don’t have access to those resources, don’t know they exist or don’t know how to interpret them. That’s where a local community partner, or media mentor, comes in. A media mentor is someone in the community who can give families the support they need to make their own healthy media decisions.
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Digital-Storytime’s 4th Annual “Best of the Best” for Children’s Storybook Apps : The Digital Media Diet

Digital-Storytime’s 4th Annual “Best of the Best” for Children’s Storybook Apps : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

As I begin my 5th year reviewing children’s book apps, I’m struck by the evolution of this still embryonic new format. While there are more sophisticated apps coming to market today than in 2010 and signs of an industry that is more sure-footed, the revolution in storytelling that arrived with the tablet has still only just begun.

 

Every year, since 2011, I have worked hard to find the very best picture book apps for Digital-Storytime’s ‘best of the best’ list just in time for back-to-school. During the summer I go over everything I’ve reviewed. Then I create lists. Lots of lists. Then I organize it, delete a few, add one or two and have my finalists for the ‘best of the best’ I’ve reviewed.

I consider not only the 5/5 star reviews from the past year, but also the real charmers and most interesting and original storytelling. Everything about reviewing apps and books is subjective, even with a rubric or basic guidelines, but these annual ‘best of’ lists are my most subjective and favorite to create.

 

Every year the list has been a bit different. The first year I had an ‘essential’ top 25 of the books you could use to start an app book library. The second year I had been prolific with reviews and decided to do a 4-part top 50 list broken down by age. Last year I did another top 25 ‘best of” list. And this year, I’m doing something altogether different.


For fall 2014’s list, I have a total of 30 ‘best of’ titles to feature, broken down into five separate categories:

Top Five Book Apps for Little Ones – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3279Top Five Book Apps for Engaging Readers (8-12+) – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3290Top Five Picture Book Apps – Art, Music & Poetry – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3252Top Five Picture Books – Classics Re-imagined as Apps – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3297Top Ten Most Innovative Interactive Picture Book Apps – http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3300
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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Classic Picture Books Re-imagined as Apps : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Classic Picture Books Re-imagined as Apps : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one – five apps based on beloved print books. All five are popular or classic titles that make a seamless transition to digital, with thoughtful storytelling and relevant enhancements.

You can see the other categories and get more information about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.

- See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3297#sthash.4rqB2jUq.dpuf

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Early Education : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Early Education : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one – five top book apps for the youngest learners.

 

You can see the other categories and get moreinformation about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

 

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.


See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3279#sthash.a0dF1V5V.dpuf

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Three Common Mistakes to Avoid When Publishing a Book App | Digital Book World

Three Common Mistakes to Avoid When Publishing a Book App | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
In May, I wrote a post called “Five Myths About Book Apps,” where I shared the most common myths my colleagues at the Book App Alliance and I have heard
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Entering a Children's Picture Book, Literally and Digitally - Publishing Perspectives

Entering a Children's Picture Book, Literally and Digitally - Publishing Perspectives | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
How can the digital age use the tried-and-true concept of a picture book to create something new and wonderful for children?
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New Media in Youth Librarianship: Chapter One of the Little eLit Book

New Media in Youth Librarianship: Chapter One of the Little eLit Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Today, we here at Little eLit are happy to release the first chapter of our book, Young Children, New Media, and Libraries. This chapter, entitled “New Media in Youth Librarianship,” was written by Cen Campbell and myself. It’s available by clicking here, or on the image below.

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The first chapter of our @LittleeLit self-published book for Librarians & Educators - expect a new chapter each month and the full book available for download by the summer of 2015!

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Why do Digital Storybooks Mostly Suck?

Why do Digital Storybooks Mostly Suck? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Recently at a convocation of publishers of children’s books, Nicolette Jones, children’s book editor for the Times of London, made this provocative statement: “I’ve never seen a picture book-app th...
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Interesting thoughts from iBook dev, David Neal, creator of AliceWinks iBook.

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Are Tablets the Way Out of Child Illiteracy?

Are Tablets the Way Out of Child Illiteracy? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Most of the businesses on Main Street in Roanoke, Alabama, are shuttered. Through the windows of Phillips Brothers Hardware and Steve’s Downtown Barber Shop you can see upturned chairs and faded Crimson Tide posters. The Martin Theatre remains a brick shell from the fire that gutted it in 1980, before a run of Friday the 13th. There’s a newer commercial strip on the highway that bypasses this town of 6,000, but also a sense that Roanoke has never fully revived since the Handley textile mill closed four decades ago.
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This other country | FutureBook

This other country | FutureBook | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

But perhaps the biggest area of debate coming out of the Children's Conference was around the future of the book app. It has long-fascinated me that despite the huge growth of the Apple App Store, traditional book publishers have struggled to find a way of building sustainable app-based businesses. As The Bookseller's children's editor Charlotte Eyre has written recently, children's publishers have become particularly wary and many have simply vacated the space.

 

- See more at: http://www.futurebook.net/content/other-country#sthash.glOp0CJ1.dpuf

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Interesting issues this year ...

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A defence of story apps after a speaker at The Bookseller Children's Book Conference said that apps interfered with story :: Blog :: Nosy Crow

A defence of story apps after a speaker at The Bookseller Children's Book Conference said that apps interfered with story :: Blog :: Nosy Crow | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Nicolette said that she had “reservations” about picture book apps, on the basis that the printed book “does it better”, and went on to say that the “technology of the app interferes with the story”. She worried that “interactivity in apps replaces the space in children’s imagination”, and that “the app doesn’t go through the adult”. She said that the only apps she’d found successful were apps like the Touchpress Warhorse app, and Hot Key’s Maggot Moon app which provided additional material around each book, which, in itself, remains unaffected by the surrounding multimedia or animation material.


I love print books. I love print picture books. Publishing books that work well on the printed paper page is not just key to Nosy Crow’s commercial success but one of the things that excites us every day… and, in fact, Nicolette mentioned Open Very Carefully as a book that was both interactive and used the printed page particularly well. But I also love story book apps … (read more - http://nosycrow.com/blog/not-so-appily-ever-after-disagreeing-with-a-point-of-view-expressed-at-the-bookseller-children-s-conference)

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Way to go in defense of a new medium (with new possibilities for storytelling)!

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A new interactive media: K.I.W.i (Kids Interactive Walk-in) Storybooks and Apps – Guest Post by Roxie Munro : The Digital Media Diet

A new interactive media: K.I.W.i (Kids Interactive Walk-in) Storybooks and Apps – Guest Post by Roxie Munro : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
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Enhancing Ebooks: An Author Perspective | Digital Book World

Enhancing Ebooks: An Author Perspective | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Right now we are facing a game-changing moment in publishing, where publication is possible for those who might never have achieved it before, an opportunity created by the rise of digital publishing. As an author I am excited by the opportunities that the digital medium presents and keen to find new ways to entertain and engage readers. Yet it’s also true that one of the greatest challenges facing authors today is how to write for the digital age.

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Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading?

Can Students ‘Go Deep’ With Digital Reading? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Textbooks and other student reading material are increasingly going digital, but can students still interact with the text in ways that promote deep reading?
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2014 Best of the Best: Top Ten Apps – Most Innovative Interactive Picture Books : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Ten Apps – Most Innovative Interactive Picture Books : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we have broken the list down into five separate categories, including this final one – ten apps with the most exceptional, innovative and relevant interactivity. All of these books are unique storybook apps with enhancements that create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

 

Quality storytelling can still stand on its own, of course, but in the digital realm it doesn’t have to. But it isn’t easy to tailor interactivity and animation to a well-paced narrative for children. You want to integrate these features in a way that reinforces rather than distracts from the story; it is as much an art as a science to get a story right in the digital realm. These ten book apps stand out above the crowd for having seamless interactivity that supports the storytelling beautifully, while challenging print conventions by thinking outside-the-book.

 

You can see the other categories and get more information about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Engaging Older Readers : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps for Engaging Older Readers : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one - five apps to engage older readers (ages 8-12+). It includes non-linear storytelling, graphic novels, content creation and non-fiction.

 

You can see the other categories and get more information about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

 

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.

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2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Art, Music & Poetry : The Digital Media Diet

2014 Best of the Best: Top Five Book Apps – Art, Music & Poetry : The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for Digital-Storytime’s fourth annual “best of the best” list for the top picture book apps for children, ages 2-12! This year we are breaking the list down into five separate categories, including this one, with our top five top picks for book apps about art, music and poetry. You can see the other categories and get more information about our reviews, here: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3261.

 

At Digital-Storytime, we take book apps seriously, as both books and apps. This format is all we review for a reason. We believe the best formats for presenting good books will always be story-driven and reader-driven, not technology-driven; technology may be how we tell stories, but it should never be why we tell stories. In a sea of content, it can be difficult to separate a fun kids app that happens to have a storyline from more meaty literature and educational content for young audiences. We hope we’ve helped.

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Our 4th annual Best of the Best lists are here for children's picture book app lovers!

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