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Wendy's Giant List: 10 Things that Make a Good Interactive App for Pre-schoolers

Wendy's Giant List: 10 Things that Make a Good Interactive App for Pre-schoolers | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Social media has redefined “participatory” in all kinds of ways. Social technologies and easy-to-use tools have changed fundamental assumptions about how we interact with everything, not just each other. It’s time we get used to the idea that kids these days think media is for interacting and not watching. Parents can take comfort in knowing that interactive technology, when developed well, allows a child to actively engage in their own learning. One such app, Wendy’s Giant List of Things to Do for the iPad, has 10 qualities that would make Piaget proud ...

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AppNation III Conference: One Developer’s Perspective

AppNation III Conference: One Developer’s Perspective | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

A few MWA developers attended AppNation, so I invited them to record their impressions for our community. Here is the summary from Yadong at Kwiqapps:

 

"I was at the AppNation III conference in San Francisco at the beginning of December. Through my participation in the IGDA’s Silicon Valley chapter (http://svigda.org/), I received a free table in the demo area on the exhibition floor. Since I just came off launching my latest app Noodle Words, I thought it would be fun to demo it at the show.

 

Between manning the table and wandering around on the show floor, I had a couple of observations that may or may not relate directly to what a kids app developer is doing. But hopefully these can give you an idea of what is happening in the larger industry ..."

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Business Law Post: Mobile Apps Developers: Please Read if Your Apps Target Young Audiences

On September 8, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Northern California entered a Consent Decree and Order for Civil Penalties, Injunction and Other Relief against a mobile apps developer, W3 Innovations LLC, and its owner, Justin Maples.

 

There are several commentaries about this that immediately jump to mind. First, the enforcement action was brought by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) against the corporate entity, W3 Innovations LLC, and personally against its officer and owner Justin Maples. This poses a question about the limited liability protection of a corporate entity and why it was pierced in this case.

 

Second, this action is the first FTC action against mobile apps developers, and it sends (or at least should send) a strong message to the whole developers community. Third, in my opinion, this situation could have been avoided if Justin Maples retained a good intellectual property lawyer before launching the apps [a good IP lawyer should be familiar with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”)].

 

Many start-up owners avoid extra costs by not consulting attorneys, but expose themselves to large financial risks later on. Most often, as in this case, such risks could easily be avoided.

 

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Trends – 100+ Reviews – In-App Marketing & Other Features Kids Apps Could Do Without | The Digital Media Diet

Trends – 100+ Reviews – In-App Marketing & Other Features Kids Apps Could Do Without | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Reading a picture book on an iPad can be an amazing experience. There is so much that can be added in this new medium. There are also some unique challenges that don’t come up in print books. In addition to books that are too stimulating for bedtime (or too noisy for a quiet waiting room), it’s possible to have books with features that challenge our ideas of what is appropriate in a product aimed at kids.

 

These features vary from app to app, but I’ve seen a lot of things that give me pause. If you share an iDevice with a child, I’m sure you have your pet peeves too. Maybe you will be able to relate to the following things that bug me in children’s apps ... [http://digital-storytime.com/wp/?p=378]

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Kind Kids App Rules: 10 rules on how to create a high quality kids app

Kind Kids App Rules: 10 rules on how to create a high quality kids app | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
With over 30,000 titles the market for children's apps is crowded. Most of these apps are visually uninspiring or ethically wrong, persuading young children to buy via in app purchase.
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Amazon Publishing to add 450 children’s titles

Amazon Publishing to add 450 children’s titles | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Amazon’s publishing arm is significantly growing its kids’ library by acquiring more than 450 children’s book titles from Marshall Cavendish, an educational and consumer book publisher. The acquisition, which will allow Amazon Publishing to further expand into picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and new digital formats, includes ...

 

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When it comes to e-readers, do customers still judge books by their covers?

When it comes to e-readers, do customers still judge books by their covers? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

TORONTO - C.S. Richardson remembers where he was the first time he saw his 2007 novel "The End of the Alphabet" rendered for an e-reader screen. He was sailing through the air on a flight to Portugal, but seeing the clumsy design of his book brought him right back down to earth.


See, in addition to being a published author, Richardson is also the vice-president and creative director of Canadian publishing for Random House Canada. He has designed more than 1,500 books over the course of his career, including works by Ann-Marie Macdonald and Vincent Lam.


So when he narrowed his eyes at the bleak little image beaming from his iPad, he was distressed ...

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Margaret Atwood says Twitter, internet boost literacy - Technology & Science - CBC News

Margaret Atwood says Twitter, internet boost literacy - Technology & Science - CBC News | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Rather than turn our noses up at Twitter, we should celebrate it and the internet as new platforms for instant communication and as drivers of literacy, says CanLit legend Margaret Atwood.
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The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 8

The Jellybean Tunes App Report: Volume 8 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

If you are looking for family-friendly apps, the developers at Moms With Apps have set out a feast for you this week.

 

Over in the book section you’ll find an assortment of animated children’s book, featuring everything from classic tales such as the Nutcracker to original stories featuring elephants, monkeys, chefs or little lost aliens.

 

In Education, kids can be hard at work learning about animals, multiplication and spelling. Older kids can unscramble definitions in the Enchanted Dictionary.

Toca Boca will entertain the young ones with a Christmas Gift. That mirror over there? It will tell you who is the sweetest kid of all.

 

The younger kids can play matching games with animals while the older kids entertain themselves with Muddle, or learn about The Plague.

Finally, Mom (and Dad!) can browse Apps for Moms and check out the festive wallpapers in iWall Words.

 

Click on the links to find out more about each app. If you find an app you like, remember to write a review on iTunes. The developers will thank you for it.

 

- Garry Froehlich | Jellybean Tunes

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Holiday Reading – Our Top 25 Recommendations for Children’s iPad Picture Book Apps | The Digital Media Diet

Seasonal and holiday picture books are an important tradition in print, so it isn’t surprising to see a flood of apps for the winter holidays this year. This list represents our top recommendations after downloading dozens of books and other holiday themed apps for kids.

This is also our first time using our new database to generate one of these reading lists. Previous lists have only been in this wordpress blog. We hope you enjoy browsing our reviews. We will keep adding new 3+ star holiday titles right up until Santa heads out on his sleigh.

So, without further ado, click here for Digital-Storytime’s top recommendations for enhanced books for the holidays … http://digital-storytime.com/top10.php#0

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Amazon Publishing to Acquire Marshall Cavendish US Children's Books Titles

Amazon Publishing to Acquire Marshall Cavendish US Children's Books Titles | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The list from Marshall Cavendish Children's Books has been nominated for more than 150 industry awards and includes a diverse range of titles including "The Night Before Christmas" illustrated by Gennady Spirin, "Three Little Tamales" by Eric A. Kimmel, "Chalk" by Bill Thomson and "Yellow Star" by Jennifer Roy, as well as the National Book Award finalist "My Name is Not Easy" by Debby Dahl Edwardson. The acquisition creates the foundation for Amazon Publishing to further expand into picture books, chapter books and Young Adult novels.

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Does it really matter if kids aren't reading books? How much does the format matter?

Does it really matter if kids aren't reading books? How much does the format matter? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Almost 4 million children in Britain - one in three - do not own a book, according to a National Literacy Trust (@literacy_trust) poll. That's a pretty startling rise in booklessness from one in 10 in 2005.

 

The charity believes the findings are very worrying because book ownership is linked to children's future success in life. Children who read well can often overcome other hurdles that lock their peers into a cycle of disadvantage, it says.

 

But does it matter what children are reading, so long as they're reading?

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How We May Read | Jane Friedman

How We May Read | Jane Friedman | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Today’s guest post is by Brad King, a professor at Ball State with a brilliant mind for emerging media and tech. He will be a regular guest here for a while, writing a series on how people read (in general) and how people read within the tablet/eReader environment. It’s a great honor and privilege for me to present his work here ...

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Infographic Of The Day: All About The Mobile App Market | Co.Design

Infographic Of The Day: All About The Mobile App Market | Co.Design | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Everything you hear about these days is mobile-app this and mobile-app that. But what does the mobile-app market look like? What do people want from apps? And what does the competitive landscape look like when you compare iPhone to Windows to Android?

Lucky for you, we have answers, thanks to James West of GDS Infographics, who created this superb collection of facts and figures for the iStrategy conference. Let's dive in.
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How To Market Your App: Five Tips From Marco Arment -- AppAdvice

How To Market Your App: Five Tips From Marco Arment -- AppAdvice | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Marco Arment is an industrious guy. When not hard at work on his massively popular Instapaper service, he’s busy posting insight to his personal blog and refining its custom-built Second Crack engine.

 

And when he’s not doing that, Arment’s hosting the “Build and Analyze” podcast with friend and 5by5 founder Dan Benjamin.

 

In the latest episode (number 54, “Snob Blend”), Arment and Benjamin share a handful of tips on how up-and-coming developers might gain traction and visibility (and sales!) for their apps.

 

Suggested by developers in the show’s listening audience, the following points made it to air ...

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Mobile apps get rating system

Mobile apps get rating system | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Taking a virtual page from the video game world, mobile apps will be subject to age-based ratings thanks to a new partnership between the ESRB and wireless association CTIA.
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Landmark study: Motion Math improves fractions knowledge, attitudes | Motion Math

Landmark study: Motion Math improves fractions knowledge, attitudes | Motion Math | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Very exciting news: today GameDesk has published the first experimental research on iPad learning, studying 122 5th graders playing our iPad game Motion Math HD. The main findings:


• Students who played the game for 20 minutes for five days improved on a fractions test by an average of 15%. (The items on the test were taken from national and international standardized tests.)

• Students’ attitudes towards fractions improved 10%.
• Virtually all students rated the game as fun and that it helped them learn.


This is a very encouraging result that our engaged approach to math works. Read the full report, which includes an overview of how difficult it is for students to learn fractions, a description of the study’s rigorous design, some critiques of our game’s design, and recommendations for learning app producers and researchers ...

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Mediabistro's App Expo: It's A Mobile Publishing Market

Mediabistro's App Expo: It's A Mobile Publishing Market | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Digital publishing and marketing increasingly means developing applications for mobile devices, and traditional publishers need to expect competition from just about everywhere, said media analyst Rebecca Lieb in a keynote speech at Mediabistro’s...
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The Big Mistake of Author Websites and Blogs | Jane Friedman

The Big Mistake of Author Websites and Blogs | Jane Friedman | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

One of the easiest ways for an author to get a site up and running is to use Blogger or WordPress. As convenient as this is, and as wonderful as I find WordPress, this can lead to a critical error.

 

Authors end up using a blog as their website, but aren’t interested in blogging.

So their site looks like a neglected, un-updated blog or a lackluster website.

 

Don’t get me wrong: Both Blogger & WordPress can be used as effective site-building tools. But most new writers don’t go the extra step of structuring their “blog” as a website. Let me explain ...

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Basics of Book Marketing for the Beginning Self-Publisher, Part 2 — The Book Designer

This article is a continuation of the series that started with Basics of Book Marketing for the Beginning Self-Publisher, Part 1. This series is derived from an article written for CreateSpace‘s new resource, Marketing Central.

 

In this second of three parts, we look at marketing as communication, and marketing plans ...

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2012 MWG Conference Notes: An Interview with Jane Friedman, Former Publisher of Writer’s Digest and Query Critic Giveaway

2012 MWG Conference Notes: An Interview with Jane Friedman, Former Publisher of Writer’s Digest and Query Critic Giveaway | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Are you a writer baffled by social media?

 

Curious about the success stories you’ve heard about e-publishing, but wary about releasing your work online?

 

Or, are you a new writer, still struggling through revisions and rejection letters, frustrated because everyone has different advice about what’s going wrong with your manuscript?

 

I’m pleased to welcome our next featured conference speaker Jane Friedman. She can provide writers of all experience levels with the insider perspective that will help them make the most of their writing, editing and marketing time between now and the “Write Time! Write Place! Write Now!” Conference ...

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Book Apps That Get Kids Reading | with @MaryAnnScheuer

Book Apps That Get Kids Reading | with @MaryAnnScheuer | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
There are a growing number of book apps for beginning and young adult readers to scroll through on tablet computers, from the Magic School Bus to Nancy Drew.
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The Social Media Monthly Magazine’s Holiday Edition - Occupy, Apps & More

The Social Media Monthly Magazine’s Holiday Edition - Occupy, Apps & More | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The Social Media Monthly, was named on Tuesday, December 5th, 2011 as one of the hottest magazine launches of 2011 by MIN, an organization that reports on the publishing industry, and Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni. Of the more than eight hundred new magazine launches over the last twelve months, The Social Media Monthly was recognized among a select group of fifteen as this year’s hottest.


The December issue features a cover design by graphic design artist Jonathan Lamb. The cover portrays a family peering into a store window during the holidays excited by all the new social media toys on display. Feature articles include a review of the Occupy Wall Street protests and how the loosely knit organization leveraged social media between groups of protestors around the world written by Adriel Hampton, as well an in-depth look at the growing children’s app market for smartphones and tablets written by Julie Brannon.

 

Available on newstands or as an app ☛ http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-social-media-monthly/id444080432?mt=8

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What Good Salespeople Know That Writers Should | Jane Friedman

What Good Salespeople Know That Writers Should | Jane Friedman | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

What ultimately spurred my decision to self-publish was a quality that had served me well during the 25 years I spent selling commercials on radio and television stations.

 

Impatience. Simply put, I got tired of waiting for someone else to publish me.

Good salespeople are like that. They don’t like to wait. They like to make things happen. They don’t like to be told no. They grow a tough skin toward rejection and work hard not to take any they receive personally. They look for another way, always willing to try anything once even if it means risking failure. Because they understand that every no is really just a step closer to a yes. And standing still and waiting … well that just isn’t an option if you want to go somewhere.

 

I tried to quell this part of my personality when the agent who believed in my novel took it on during one of the worst times in recent economic history. I was told that this was how publishing went. Slowly. At a snail’s pace. No one and nothing moved fast, and if I wanted to make it a career, I would have to get used to it.

 

I didn’t. In fact I just grew more impatient. I started following people like Seth Godin and Jane Friedman who talked about the changing world of publishing. I learned quickly that with or without a traditional publisher I was still going to have to sell. I was a writer now, but a writer in a new and increasingly noisy landscape. Knowing how to sell was an asset that would give me a competitive edge.

 

As a former sales professional turned writer, here’s my advice for anyone wanting an advantage in today’s marketplace ...

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Read, Hear, or Create a Story: Apps for Kids

Read, Hear, or Create a Story: Apps for Kids | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It might be true that some parents prefer to give their kids print books – even if they choose e-books for themselves — but when it’s holiday travel time, it might be nice to keep stories on a single device. Apart from traveling lighter, these apps and games can keep kids engaged by allowing them to create stories, too.


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