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Four years into the ebook revolution: things we know and things we don’t know – The Shatzkin Files

Four years into the ebook revolution: things we know and things we don’t know – The Shatzkin Files | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
One could say (and I would) that the ereading revolution is coming up to its 4th anniversary since it was late November 2007 when Amazon first released ...
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Support Your Child’s Teachers and School Librarians with The Perfect Back-to-School Gift | The Digital Media Diet

Support Your Child’s Teachers and School Librarians with The Perfect Back-to-School Gift | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

This school year, more and more K-12 classrooms across North America and abroad are getting access to a digital buffet of educational content. Schools that had never had more than a few older desktop computers are now getting laptops and other digital tools, like tablets and smart devices. Each device has an array of uses, with content diverse enough to serve nearly every age and ability. New media features can be game-changers for the 21st century classroom, with things like connectivity to social media, texting, camera and video as well as sophisticated content creation tools that let students make their own textbooks.

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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.


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Apple's App Store Is An Ancient And Outdated Mess — Here's What Has To Change

Apple's App Store Is An Ancient And Outdated Mess — Here's What Has To Change | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
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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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Excellent new post from Karen Robertson

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Making a Connection With Interactive Children's Books

Making a Connection With Interactive Children's Books | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Though the very word "interactivity" conjures images of electronic gadgets, things to swipe, and other bells and whistles, it isn't a new concept for children's books. Publishers have been designing interactive content for quite a long time
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AppRot – What it is and why it matters to everyone in the app economy … | The Digital Media Diet

AppRot – What it is and why it matters to everyone in the app economy … | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Recently, developer Marco Arment, a programmer, writer, podcaster, geek, and coffee enthusiast, wrote on his blog about something he called “AppRot”. Over time, apps that are released into the iOS AppStore for iPhones, iPads and iPods can become unsupported by the original content creator (whether the app is from an independent developer, author or established publisher). This makes apps and other eBook content seem more ‘disposable’ and impermanent than other publishing formats, creating confusion and frustration among consumers who are already nervous about the digital shift. When app developers complain about the tiny margins they are making on digital publications, they are up against not only the lack of a physical product but the very real chance that most experienced consumers of digital books have had a least one bad experience with AppRot. 

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This Librarian Is Not Impressed With Your Digital, No-Books Library – Next City

This Librarian Is Not Impressed With Your Digital, No-Books Library – Next City | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

IntDigital evangelism has lulled us into an “embarrassingly anti-intellectual comfort zone,” argues a Philadelphia librarian.

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Interesting ideas to chew on ...

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Do We Need Consumer Protection for (Kids) eBooks?

Do We Need Consumer Protection for (Kids) eBooks? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
There is no true path of ownership when you purchase eBooks, digital comics or manga from online retailers. Instead, you are merely granted a license and if
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Great summary from Good- eReader - format confusion & restrictions is a major issue for everyone who reads.

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Common Core: In Real Libraries 2014 - SlideShare from MaryAnn Scheuer

Common Core IRL: In Real Libraries -- presentation to the American Library Association Annual Conference 2014. Libraries can play an essential role in helping …
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Exceptional slideshare from school librarian and book blogger - great resource about role of common core in library collections.

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Early Reading Apps for Kids - GalleyCat

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Early Reading Apps for Kids
At the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas last weekend, librarians from around the country showed how apps and digital media can encourage literacy–dispelling fears that digital media will destroy our love of reading.
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It's time more parents started paying for children's apps

It's time more parents started paying for children's apps | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As the FTC sues Amazon for unauthorised in-app purchases, parents can support responsible developers of kids' apps. By Stuart Dredge
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Excellent points about the ecosystem for children's educational apps and the potential influence parents can have by valuing paid content.

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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Book Apps | Digital Book World

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Book Apps | Digital Book World | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Planning for the future of book apps, two cutting-edge production workflows, analyzing Harlequin's experience, UK kids sticking with print books and more.
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The Effectiveness of Free eBooks is Declining: Smashwords - GalleyCat

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The Effectiveness of Free eBooks is Declining: Smashwords

 

Offering up a free copy of your eBook has been a good way for self-published and first-time authors to promote their books to new readers. However, according to a new report from self-publishing site Smashwords, that tool may soon be played out.

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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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Call for Judges | Cybils Awards

Call for Judges | Cybils Awards | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s nearing the end of summer and beach reads are slowly giving way to back-to-school booklists. It’s time for the 2014 Cybils Awards to get underway. Cue balloons and pigeons and national anthem and stuff! Okay, we don’t have any of that. It’s still pretty exciting, though.

 

We kick off our new season by lining up a new crew of judges for our two rounds of reading, analyzing, debating, bloodletting, and selecting the year’s best books.

 

We’re just kidding about the bloodletting. We haven’t had that happen. Yet.

 

We have loads of lovely FAQs about judging for us. Check this one, this one, and this one.

 

If you haven’t run screaming in the opposite direction, then maybe you’d like to sign up. Here’s the link to the application form. Be sure to fill out all three choices, and make sure they’re choices you can live with.

 

The deadline to submit your application is September 5th. And remember, it’s not a popularity contest. If we don’t pick you, it’s not because we’re secretly snickering about you to all your friends. We hope you’ll still love us and drop by to read reviews and follow our progress.


— Anne Boles Levy, Executive Director

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I've been a judge for book apps for 3 years - it's a great experience!

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Ebooks Enhance Development of the Whole Child | Up for Debate

Ebooks Enhance Development of the Whole Child | Up for Debate | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
When new media tools are expertly selected and appropriately used with children, such tools can support and enhance adults’ role in supporting development of the whole child, especially three- to eight-year-olds.
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Wonderful discussion of format and digital tools for the 21st century learner.

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Seven Lessons Learned About ELA Apps, courtesy of Common Sense Media

Seven Lessons Learned About ELA Apps, courtesy of Common Sense Media | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I attended an Appy Hour held by Common Sense Media. The goal of the event was to inform teachers about technology in ELA, focusing on tablets, and give a few tips on how to incorporate i...
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1. Ed-tech Monetization Harms Teachers

 

2. Ed-tech platforms are beautiful, intuitive and (mostly) empty

 

3. Kids Love to Create

 

4. The entire teaching process is now in focus

 

5. Technology access is increasing, fast

 

6. Teachers can’t connect and collaborate digitally

 

7. Graphite is an exciting but early platform

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The future is written. And illustrated too.

The future is written. And illustrated too. | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Before Guttenberg came along and created his moveable type, the line between written and illustrated was much fuzzier. European monks of the 13th and 14th centuries created elaborate Bibles with serpentine drop caps intertwining with often-phantasmagorical biblical scenes. Marginalia abounded. Books were beautiful inside and out. Given most of the population was illiterate and their access to these books—in an age before mechanical reproduction—would have been limited, illustrated storytelling was critically important. And this was illustrated storytelling par excellence. These monks—and their patrons—knew that to put forth a really killer story, you had to both tell and show. Going back even further—to the caves of Lascaux, for instance—and storytelling was exclusively of the illustrated variety.

 

Serious literature has largely eschewed the image, relegating “picture books” to the stuff you find in the kids section or comic book store. Read more ...

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Storia Moves to Streaming Model

Storia Moves to Streaming Model | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
With the September release of Storia School Edition, Scholastic will move its digital reading platform to a streaming service.
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What are the implications for the digital divide if top choices like @Scholastic require wifi to read? Are low-income households ready?

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Thanks for sharing this Carisa Kluver. What will be the impact of needing wifi to read Scholastic publications for children and young adult readers?

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Best apps for schools: what do teachers want? - CMF Research Blog

Best apps for schools: what do teachers want? - CMF Research Blog | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As part of our ongoing work to develop criteria for assessing the quality of children’s digital books and apps, we ran a number of workshops with teachers in local schools and asked them about what they think a good digital book or app should look like and contain. Some of these teachers had never used iPads …
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Excellent list of teacher requests for app developers to consider ...

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Note to the #DigitalShift: The Librarians Have Arrived! | The Digital Media Diet

Note to the #DigitalShift: The Librarians Have Arrived! | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Over the past two years I’ve been working closely within the library community about digital content for children. I’ve attended conferences, participated in the brilliant @LittleeLit think tank and even co-created training modules to pilot for professional development in multiple states.

But until this past month, after attending the exceptional American Library Association (ALA) 2014 annual conference in Las Vegas, I worried that librarians would not catch up in time. I feared that the digital shift towards apps, tablets, gamification, transmedia storytelling and new media formats was simply moving too fast. For the first few years after the iPad arrived, it seemed possible that the library community may have gotten on board a little too late to be at the front of this crazy digital train. Boy, was I wrong!

 

- See more at: http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3205#sthash.XvPw6tUd.dpuf

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My post about my recent trip to ALA!

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Interested in Apps, iPads, eBooks and Other New Media with Young Kids?

Interested in Apps, iPads, eBooks and Other New Media with Young Kids? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

If yes, we would love it if you would join the conversation. We have a Google group that serves as the LittleeLit Think Tank (it functions like a listserv so you can interact with it via email, but also an online collaboration tool) where participants post new research, app suggestions, ask logistics questions, or share cool new things they’re tried in their libraries.


We’d love to have you join the conversation! You don’t need to be an expert, and you can even lurk for a bit before sharing or asking anything. We are entirely crowd-sourced and grass-roots, and we believe that everyone has something to share on this topic. Please join us! We want to hear what you’re up to, and if you have a question, there are lots of folks who might be able to answer it.

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Cen Campbell [@LittleeLit] and I are working on building this community into a non-profit think tank for librarians, educators and families with young children ... join the conversation!

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Born Reading: An Interview with Jason Boog — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production

Born Reading: An Interview with Jason Boog — @fuseeight A Fuse #8 Production | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

At the end of June The New York Times released the following story: Pediatrics Group to Recommend Reading Aloud to Children From Birth.  For those of us in the literacy-minded community, this comes as no surprise.  But what about those parents for whom reading aloud poses a challenge?  Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age is a delightful aid to any new parent, with (as the official description says) “step-by-step instructions on interactive reading and advice for developing your child’s interest in books from the time they are born.”

 

So I figured, why not interview the author himself?  If only to give you just a taste of what the book has in store.  Because you know me.  I don’t write introductions for no junk.  Jason kind submitting to my grilling ...

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Great new book (I'm reading ARC now), out July 15th!

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This book looks very interesting but this quote from the interview does give me pause! I will place this on our September book order:


"Through this research, I discovered the art of “interactive reading” or “dialogic reading.” Child development experts crafted these reading techniques 25 years ago. These simple and easy reading tricks will literally make your child smarter."

Gail Hutton's comment, July 15, 8:06 AM
Looks interesting Faith! Thank you for ordering! You may want to check this out on IQ http://www.born-reading.com/about_born_reading/
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Self-Publishing Offers Hope for Diverse Authors Shut Out by Traditional Publishers | Mediashift | PBS

Self-Publishing Offers Hope for Diverse Authors Shut Out by Traditional Publishers | Mediashift | PBS | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I don t know when or why I started doing it, but every time I go to a conference I almost always do a minority report and grade the diversity of the attendants that the conference brings in my head.
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