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Transmedia Storytelling: What Is It?

Transmedia Storytelling: What Is It? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Transmedia storytelling could be a fictional property, or the method by which that property is marketed, or both, or none of the above.

 

[Another good look at what constitutes transmedia & it comes with Gary Hayes' excellent multi-platform map.]


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Screen Time, Young Kids and Literacy: New Data Begs Questions

Screen Time, Young Kids and Literacy: New Data Begs Questions | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Today's young children, from birth through age 8, are spending an average of two hours and 16 minutes with screen media on a typical day. More than a quarter of their screen time comes from playing on computers, videogame consoles, cell phones and iPad-like tablets. The average age for first-time use of a computer is around 3-and-a-half years old.

 

These are among the results released today from a survey of more than 1300 parents from around the country. The findings are part of Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America, a report by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization that runs a website that reviews movies, games and other media aimed at children. The report follows up on surveys conducted several years ago by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

 

Anyone who has watched YouTube videos of babies playing with iPads will probably be a little unsatisfied by the new statistics. What about e-books for kids? Skype sessions with Grandma? If "edu" apps on iPads qualify as screen time, does it help that Moms and Dads are usually interacting with their children at the same time that their tots are pressing their pudgy fingers against the screens? Today's new data do not go deep enough to answer these questions ...

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Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children, Study Finds

Screen Time Higher Than Ever for Children, Study Finds | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Children under 8 are spending more time than ever in front of screens, and an “app gap” is emerging between children in affluent and low-income households, a new study found.

 

Jaden Lender, 3, sings along softly with the “Five Little Monkeys” app on the family iPad, and waggles his index finger along with the monkey doctor at the warning, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” He likes crushing the ants in “Ant Smasher,” and improving his swing in the golf app. But he is no app addict: when the one featuring Grover from Sesame Street does not work right, Jaden says, “Come on, iPad!’” — then wanders happily off to play with his train set.

 

“I’ll lie to myself that these are skill builders,’” said his father, Keith Lender, who has downloaded dozens of tablet and smart phone apps for Jaden and his 1-year-old brother, Dylan. “No, I’m not lying,” he said, correcting himself. “Jaden’s really learning hand-eye coordination from the golf game, and it beats the hell out of sitting and watching television.”

 

Despite the American Academy of Pediatricians’ longstanding recommendations to the contrary, children under 8 are spending more time than ever in front of screens, according to a study scheduled for release Tuesday.

 

The report also documents for the first time an emerging “app gap” in which affluent children are likely to use mobile educational games while those in low-income families are the most likely to have televisions in their bedrooms...


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Writer Unboxed » Self-Published Authors Have Great Power, But Are They Taking Responsibility?

Writer Unboxed » Self-Published Authors Have Great Power, But Are They Taking Responsibility? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

There’s incredible emphasis these days on how authors have more power and control than ever in deciding how and when to publish.

 

And I am guilty of propagating this message far and wide. You can find it mentioned in nearly interview I give. Why? Because it’s true. Technology has enabled us all to be active creators and distributors, without needing anyone’s permission or approval.

 

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How to create a Digital Publishing Culture | Connect!

How to create a Digital Publishing Culture | Connect! | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Over the last few weeks a few of our staff have begun experimenting with the potential of digital publishing using ePub, both for students and teachers. We are excited about the possibilities, and we imagine digital publishing being used for:

 

Students publishing their own fiction writing within the school community
Students creating images and videos to embed into written documents (i.e., student developed 'Khan Academy')


Teachers creating integrated digital resources to share promising practices (i.e., multimedia teaching materials)


Teachers creating unit guides for students (combination of text, visuals, videos and links)


Why create ePubs? ePubs have a number of functions that PDFs or WORD documents don't, including ...

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» Babies and iPads: A New Type of Discussion

The response to a recent post in GeekDad about the “A Magazine Is an iPad That Does Not Work” Video was significant, both personally and for the creator of the video (with whom we hope to have a discussion-based post up soon). However, it also lead me to a range of great research and thinking around children and mobile technology. There are people out there interested in changing the way we talk, think and engage in discussions about children and technology. Discussions beyond “good vs. bad” that are interested in the nuances of the role technology plays in children’s lives and how we can or can’t shape that in ways that support our children as they grow.

 

One of these people is Meryl Alper.

 

Meryl is a second year Ph.D. student in Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California. More importantly, she is a trained early childhood professional and, as an undergraduate at Northwestern, she was Lab Assistant Manager in the NSF-funded Children’s Digital Media Center/Digital-Kids Lab and interned in the Domestic Education & Research Department at Sesame Workshop in New York. This means she has been engaged with these issues and ideas for some time, and her perspective is a fresh and interesting one.

 

Meryl blogs at teething on tech, where she publishes aspects of her research which focuses on young children’s evolving relationships with analog and digital technologies. Recently, she just published a three part series title “There’s a nap for that!”: YouTube videos of young children using Apple devices.

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Digital vs. Dustjacket

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With the Ames Public Library proposing a $20 million expansion and renovation project and voters facing an $18 million bond to finance it on the Nov. 8 election ballot, questions have been raised: What about e-books?
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iPad book apps

Short video introduction to the role of iPad book apps in school and public libraries ... includes brief list of librarian recommended titles.

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The Future of Picture Books Is Bright « Read More. Play More. Learn More. Brought to you by Parents' Choice Foundation

The Future of Picture Books Is Bright « Read More. Play More. Learn More. Brought to you by Parents' Choice Foundation | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

“We are tired of hearing the picture book is in trouble and tired of pretending it is not,” reads the opening sentence of a new proclamation from a group of children’s book authors. Read the whole thing here. It’s a proclamation that is particularly important now, as e-books and book apps leave parents, kids, and librarians wondering about the fate of the classic picture book.

 

The authors, including Parents’ Choice Awards winners Sophie Blackall and Sean Qualls, declare sound standards for pictures books, including: ”The tidy ending is often dishonest” and “Even books meant to put kids to sleep should give them strange dreams.” They condemn the phrase “kid-friendly” and encourage their peers not to praise bland books. To stay relevant, picture book authors and illustrators ought to take heed of these points.

 

This is a refreshingly frank call to quality from a group of authors and illustrators at the top of their game. If others in the picture book world take heed of this proclamation, then the future is bright for the art form. We hope that this is the case, because kids need the imaginative possibilities opened by picture books as much today as they ever have, even in the face of a slew of new electronic options.

 

In that spirit, we offer a list of picture book titles that are honest, enlightening, weird, funny, complex and, above all else, memorable. They’ve all become storytime staples and conversation starters in our reviewers’ homes, and we hope that your family will enjoy them too.

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Authors, Illustrators Unite to Create Picture Book Month

Authors, Illustrators Unite to Create Picture Book Month | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Who says picture books are dead? To prove that they're not, a group of authors and illustrators have banded together to declare November as Picture Book Month.

 

A controversial October 2010 New York Times article entitled, "Picture Books No Longer A Staple for Children," outlined how unpopular picture books were these days—and it incited a barrage of responses from the children's book industry, many defending the venerable picture book.

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Occupy the Book: Is It Author Spring?

Occupy the Book: Is It Author Spring? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

I would have to wait until the 21st century when digital technology, direct distribution channels like Amazon, iBooks, and Nook, plus the popularity of inexpensive e-readers have finally made it possible for authors to become publishers. My first task was to bring my backlist into print as e-books. The journey into self-publishing is like discovering a new territory with evolving rules and a swiftly tilting culture. This is one of the most exciting and innovative times to be an author. Everything is in flux.

 

An esteemed editor said recently at a national conference of Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), "It's the Wild West out there for e-books. And publishers should not be afraid to embrace them."

 

With the proliferation of e-books and self-publishing will the book business become more sustainable and egalitarian? Will we finally see an end to the bloated advances for celebrity memoirs -- those non-books for non-readers written by non-writers? Will we see the re-education of the bottom-liners who turned this once genteel profession of publishing into corporate Raiders of the Lost Authors?

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Q & A with Joe Bluhm, lead artist on the Morris Lessmore iPad app | FutureBook

Q & A with Joe Bluhm, lead artist on the Morris Lessmore iPad app | FutureBook | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

If you aren't familiar with The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore iPad app, I highly recommend you download it. The developers Moonbot Studios based in LA have 'blurred the line between picture book and animation' in one of the most visually stunning iPad apps. Joe Bluhm, lead artist at Moonbot gives us the story behind the huge success of this app ...

 

[For more info about the app see Digital-Storytime's review: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=241]

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Enhanced Spookiness! Top 10 iPad Book Apps for Halloween | The Digital Media Diet

Enhanced Spookiness! Top 10 iPad Book Apps for Halloween | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It’s time for another Top 10 list and this time I’m doing something a little different. In honor of the upcoming holiday, I’ve selected some of my favorite book apps for iPad that are tailor made for Halloween reading. Unlike previous lists, most of these apps have not been fully reviewed on our site, so I’ve included a brief description and my overall star rating.

 

I’ve also included a special mention for a few books that I’d like to recommend even though they didn’t quite make it into the top 10. After that I’ve chosen a few Halloween themed apps outside the book category – an extra treat … no tricks here! Click on any app for iTunes link. All titles are iOS Universal or iPad apps.

 

Check our Facebook page on Monday, Oct. 24th for lots of giveaways! http://www.facebook.com/digital.storytime

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A child's eye for enchantment

A child's eye for enchantment | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

"How long artists will be the main force in children's book illustration is an interesting question,'' Gervay says. ''It is definitely moving into digital - illustrators such as Wayne Harris, Gus Gordon, Sarah Davis are producing astonishing work. However, will it be as beautiful as Anna Pignarato's warm and loving paintings?''


More illustrators are experimenting with digital illustrations and some are achieving surprising results, with unlimited palettes and styles ...

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Hands On: India’s $35 Aakash Android tablet lands in America (exclusive) | VentureBeat

Hands On: India’s $35 Aakash Android tablet lands in America (exclusive) | VentureBeat | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The Indian government thinks the $35 Aakash Android tablet has the power to change the world. After testing one out, we’d tend to agree.

 

An Aakash tablet was brought to the VentureBeat office on Tuesday by Vivek Wadhwa, a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and Duke. Wadhwa, who is researching the Indian education system, and is a columnist with the Washington Post, was given the tablet by Kapil Sibal, the Indian minister of human resources and development, who has been the driving force behind the tablet project. The device (whose name means “Sky” in Hindi) was produced entirely in India — a point of pride for the Indian government.

 

Update 10/28/2011: We’ve published a closer look at the Aakash tablet, including video ...

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Wall Street Journal best-seller lists to include e-books

Wall Street Journal best-seller lists to include e-books | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The Wall Street Journal has an agreement with Nielsen BookScan to publish best-seller lists that include both physical books and e-sales.

 

Since 2009, Nielsen has provided the journal with lists based solely on hardcover and paperbacks. The Journal and Nielsen announced Friday that four charts will debut this weekend: combined e-book and physical sales for fiction and nonfiction, and e-sales only for fiction and nonfiction. Eligible releases will include self-published books, children’s books and “perennials,” older works that continue to sell strongly.

 

It’s the first time that Nielsen has compiled e-books, with Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Apple and Google among those participating ...

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On the death of book publishers and other middlemen

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Hot on the heels of Amazon signing publishing deals with authors, and thus doing an end-run around their publisher partners, another major e-reader company says it plans to do the same: Kobo is launching its own publishing arm and looking to sign deals with authors directly.

 

All of this is more proof (as if we needed any) that the Internet is potentially lethal to middlemen. Does this mean that traditional publishers will soon be extinct? No. But it does mean that they are going to have to work harder to try to do what Amazon is already doing — namely, making it easier and more profitable for authors to reach their readers.

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5 Reasons E-Books Are Awesome – Even for the Most Reluctant | MindShift

5 Reasons E-Books Are Awesome – Even for the Most Reluctant | MindShift | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

E-books have nothing on regular books for reading in the bathtub, in the rain while you’re pushing your kid on the playground swing, and with your toddler in the rocking chair so he can learn to use his chubby fingers to turn the page, not to mention enjoy books with pop-ups, cut-outs, and other surprises. Regular books autographed by a favorite author make a perfect souvenir of an enjoyable night out at the bookstore. I write all over my books, make notes in the margins, and star and underline things. Ideas for my own writing come to me while I’m reading, and I scrawl these in the back blank pages of novels.

 

Still, I have to admit that e-books are better than paper books in some situations. Here are five reasons I’ve switched to e-books, some of the time:

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Picture Book Apps: New Options for Content Creators

Picture Book Apps: New Options for Content Creators | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

As part of the Digital Media track of the Florida SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators) ... 

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2011 Self-Publishing Book Expo Sees More E-books, More Attendance | Publishing Digital | Scoop.it

2011 Self-Publishing Book Expo Sees More E-books, More Attendance | Publishing Digital | Scoop.it | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The third annual Self-Publishing Book Expo was held in New York City on October 22, bringing together authors and publishers with an eye toward self-publishing titles.
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What Happened When We Made Treasure Kai FREE for 12 Hours?

What Happened When We Made Treasure Kai FREE for 12 Hours? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
What Happened When We Made “Treasure Kai” FREE for 12 Hours?
We recently had the opportunity to get feedback on our app from a group that focuses on apps for children with special needs.
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Mac Barnett Spearheads 'A Picture Book Manifesto'

Mac Barnett Spearheads 'A Picture Book Manifesto' | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Proclamation: We are tired of hearing the picture book is in trouble, and tired of pretending it is not. So opens A Picture Book Manifesto, written by Mac Barnett and signed by him and 21 other picture book creators.
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How Will We Read? - The Book Given

How Will We Read? - The Book Given | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

If the book given to Alice in 1864 was given today, just imagine the variety of different ways a creative chap like Lewis Carroll might have presented it to his Alice. Quantum leaps in technology have completely changed the way we write, illustrate, publish, market, promote and consume books. I find myself (like Alice) constantly curious and excited about discovering all the new products in the digital books wonderland, while at the same time overwhelmed by all the new found freedoms the technology revolution promises to offer me.

 

Is the device simple stupid enough for me to connect with quickly in my already complicated life? Is it time to buy this tablet or this e-reader? Will I look out of date to my bridge pals when the new updated version is released in 6 months time? I also wonder whether any of us will recognize the content of yesterday's "book" once the revolution settles down. Will writing for Google become such an integral part of the book marketing culture that creative processes are dramatically changed?

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An educator's perspective on apps: interview with Nancy Barth :: Blog :: Nosy Crow

An educator's perspective on apps: interview with Nancy Barth :: Blog :: Nosy Crow | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Since we released our first app, The Three Little Pigs, we’ve been hearing from educators that apps are playing a role in their teaching. Apps aren’t replacing existing teaching materials, but in some cases are complementing them. Nancy Barth, a former teacher and now a tutor in California, reviewed our Cinderella app and wrote about how she used it with her students. We were intrigued and contacted her to find out more. Here’s what she had to say.

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Lulu in Australia - Digital Storytime's Review

Lulu in Australia - Digital Storytime's Review | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Overall, this is an exceptional book app with a charming story and very engaging interactivity. Children will be enthralled with this app and in the process learn about the places, people and animals of the largest island in the world. This title is also the first in a series of books about Lulu's world travels; my little one is already asking about the next adventure and I predict yours will too. My highest recommendation!

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