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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.

 

However …

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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

Digital vs. Dustjacket | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
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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UK kids value mobile over TV

UK kids value mobile over TV | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Disciplining parents take note: Today’s teens say they would miss their mobile phones and internet access more than TV, according to a new report from UK research firm Ofcom.

 

Children and Parents: Media Use and Attitudes finds that 95% of 12-to 15-year-olds in the UK have access to the internet at home through a PC or laptop, up from 89% in 2010 and 77% in 2007. And half of these kids who own a smartphone visit social networks weekly compared with 33% last year.

 

Read more: http://kidscreen.com/2011/10/25/uk-kids-value-mobile-over-tv/#ixzz1bpEh46bP

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Great Kid Books: Evaluating Book Apps for Children: Pacing and Chunking (part 4 in a mini-series)

Great Kid Books: Evaluating Book Apps for Children: Pacing and Chunking (part 4 in a mini-series) | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

As I watch young children read, I am struck by the importance of pacing of book apps. One of the wonderful features of picture books is that we look at them one page at a time. This article will focus on the effect pacing and chunking has on book apps. For other articles in this series, please see Evaluating Book Apps for Children: Part One in a Miniseries.

 

The best picture book authors and illustrators pay special attention to the way we focus on a page, and how the drama can be heightened by the turning of a page. This is particularly true of picture book apps ...

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Enter our digital innovation awards | FutureBook

In March this year, FutureBook presented the first ever awards for 'digital innovation' across publishing. We had 93 entries from all around the world. Building on this success we are announcing the next phase of these awards.

 

You can enter 1 or more of the 6 categories. Categories have changed slightly since last time to reflect rapid change in the industry. New awards this time round are: Best start-up - for a newcomer who has had an impact in this market; could come from within or outside of publishing. The other new award is Best tech innovation - with this award we are anticipating technology companies that are offering impressive solutions to publishers.

 

So the six categories for FutureBook 2011 Digital Innovation Awards are ...

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On the death of book publishers and other middlemen

On the death of book publishers and other middlemen | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

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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Digital Storytelling with the iPad

Digital Storytelling with the iPad | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Digital Storytelling can transform your students' writing into a visual masterpiece that is filled with voice and emotion, while enhancing critical thinking skills. The iPad takes digital storytelling to a new level by making the process easier, and even more engaging for students of all grade levels as well as for their teachers.

 

This site will help guide you in what you need for success in the iPad Digital Storytelling classroom.

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Common Sense Media Research Documents Media Use Among Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children

Common Sense Media Research Documents Media Use Among Infants, Toddlers, and Young Children | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Digital media has become a regular part of the media diet of children ages 0 to 8, with four in 10 2- to 4-year-olds and half (52%) of 5- to 8-year-olds using smartphones, video iPods, iPads, or similar devices, according to a national study on young children's use of everything from television to mobile devices and apps. The study, which will be presented and discussed at a panel in Washington, D.C., today, is the first in a series of reports from Common Sense Media's new Program for the Study of Children and Media.

 

"Zero to Eight: Children's Media Use in America" is the first publicly available, national research study to document young children's use of new digital media devices such as iPads or other tablet devices and mobile apps along with older media platforms such as television, computers, and books. Among the key findings ...

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Don't fear the Reader: how technology can benefit children's books

Don't fear the Reader: how technology can benefit children's books | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

'Why don't you turn off that TV and read a book for a change?" Such was the traditional teatime war cry of 1970s Middle-Class Mum. Its antiphonal response: "Oh muuum ..." I belong to a generation that was conditioned to see television, and later computer games, as the enemies of childhood reading: rivals for time and attention that could be spent with a book.

 

Now that computers are a means by which books are transmitted, that distinction is breaking down. We must now set aside the prejudices of our parents and the superstitions we have about books being magical objects imbued with learning.

Because amid the ongoing conversation about digital culture and the future of books – characterised as it is by emotive overstatement on both sides – one area is discussed surprisingly little outside the industry:

 

what does the digital revolution mean for children's books?

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