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Porter Anderson Writing on the Ether – Jane Friedman

Porter Anderson Writing on the Ether – Jane Friedman | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The digital train has so left the station. That’s a Frankfurt railway stop, as a matter of fact. Fear and loathing, at home and abroad. International publishing-industry players met to hold meetings, attend conferences, drink heavily, and attend more conferences.

 

They tweet-gasped at hotel wi-fi costing 19 euros per day and publishers warned of a digital “reckoning” headed toward them like the aforementioned train. In the States, our own special brand of American jitters led to complaints of “blog fatigue” and paranoia that ebooks might kill the footnote.

 

Only occasionally did you hear a whisper reminding us all: It’s the content, stupid ...

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Where to Find Examples of Good Book Apps?

Where to Find Examples of Good Book Apps?


A common question I get from writers is “where can I find examples of good book apps so I can decide how I want my book app to work? Here are some ideas ...

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Guest Post: Andy Russell – Toontastic! Inventing (Playful) Invention: Four Steps to Designing Toys for Creative Play | The iPhone Mom

Guest Post: Andy Russell – Toontastic! Inventing (Playful) Invention: Four Steps to Designing Toys for Creative Play | The iPhone Mom | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

 

Picture for a second the first thing you ever constructed, designed, prototyped, or invented. If you’re like most of us, there’s a pretty good chance that you built your idea using toys like LEGOs, Play-Doh, Lincoln Logs, or perhaps, to your parents’ dismay, a mix of all of the above (good luck getting Play-Doh out of those bricks). Over the years, magazines like MAKE have featured lots of DIY toy projects, but very few talk about designing for Creative Play – how to invent a toy that will not only entertain, but ultimately empower kids to design and share their own imaginative inventions.

Today we present four easy steps for all you budding toy (and digital toy) designers to do for the next generation of kids as LEGO and so many others did for us: inspire and scaffold imagination.

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Children, Video Games and Book Apps :: Blog :: Nosy Crow

Children, Video Games and Book Apps :: Blog :: Nosy Crow | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Today’s news about the growing popularity of video games for kids confirmed what we suspected has been happening. The number of 2-17 year olds using video games has grown nearly 13% since 2009, according to “Kids and Gaming 2011”, the latest report from leading market research company, The NPD Group.

 

“Today, 91 percent of kids (approximately 64 million) ages 2-17 are gaming in the U.S., an increase of 9 points when compared to 2009. While the percentage of kids gaming has grown significantly across all age groups, the fastest growth has been among kids ages 2-5, with an increase of 17 points in gaming incidence when compared to 2009.”

 

Indeed, it’s clear that smartphones and tablets are competing with books for children’s attention. So as children spend more time in front of screens, we want them to find great stories there too. At Nosy Crow, we are using technology as a tool to engage children with reading and to spark their imagination. As children’s publishers, we have to take this opportunity; otherwise others will fill the gap with either inferior book apps or simply with games.

 

In the past nine months we have published two storybook apps for the iPad and iPhone, The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella. These apps are carefully thought-through stories. But they are neither e-books nor games ...

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The Blog : The Future of the Book : Sam Harris

The Blog : The Future of the Book : Sam Harris | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Writers, artists, and public intellectuals are nearing some sort of precipice: Their audiences increasingly expect digital content to be free. Jaron Lanier has written and spoken about this issue with great sagacity. You can purchase his book here, which most of you will not do, or you can watch him discuss these matters for free.

 

The problem is thus revealed even in the act of stating it. How can a person like Lanier get paid for being brilliant? This has become an increasingly difficult question to answer. Where publishing is concerned, the Internet is both midwife and executioner.

 

It has never been easier to reach large numbers of readers, but these readers have never felt more entitled to be informed and entertained for free.

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Through the Looking Glass Book Review: Roxie Munro's New Children's app - Roxie's Doors

Our previous app, “Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure,” was a new maze game created from all new original art, which was based upon my 5 published maze books (BTW, an iPhone version will be out by early November).

 

“Roxie’s Doors,” however, was made from a previously published children’s book by Chronicle, the rights of which reverted to me a couple years ago. When I formally requested the rights back, I had also asked for the scans. Always do that if you can, because it makes it much easier and less expensive to resell, reprint, or reuse the art.

 

OCG Studios carefully reviewed the book and came up with a creative game plan. It involved ...

 

For Digital-Storytime.com's review of Roxie's Doors, see: http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=296

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Children's conference: transmedia is essential | The Bookseller

Publishers must explore transmedia approaches to engage children whose lives revolve increasingly around gaming, online communities and social networking, The Bookseller's annual children's conference, sponsored by Huzutech and Dubit Research, heard last week (29th September).


Jeff Norton of Awesome Media & Entertainment urged delegates at the event, held at the British Library, to "think not about platforms, but audiences". Peter Robinson of cross-media research company Dubit Research said: "Kids expect a presence for a story across platforms. There are so many ways that kids can consume a story."

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Android apps on your iPad? There’s an app for that!

Android apps on your iPad? There’s an app for that! | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

In case you’re not familiar with Alien Dalvik, it’s a port of the Dalvik virtual machine, which is the software layer in Google’s Android operating system responsible for executing Android apps. According to SlashGear, the Myriad Group (the brains behind the Alien Dalvik project) announced support for Apple’s iPad in Alien Dalvik version 2.0.


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The Santa Barbara Independent The 21st Century Children's Book

The Santa Barbara Independent The 21st Century Children's Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It was really a scratch-your-own-itch type of thing,” remembers Graham Farrar of what inspired him to create iStoryTime, one of the first, currently the oldest, and probably the largest publisher of digital children’s books via apps for the iPhone, iPad, and other mobile devices.

 

About two-and-a-half years ago, the Santa Barbara native’s toddler-aged daughter already loved books, but he suddenly realized that she’d mastered the iPhone too.

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Great Kid Books: Evaluating Book Apps for Children: Navigation ...

Great Kid Books: Evaluating Book Apps for Children: Navigation ... | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Many picture book apps will remember where readers left off reading, so when you open them they will ask you, "Do you want to resume where you left off, or start from the beginning?" Many picture book apps have a table of ...
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Learning about animals from picture books | How Babies Learn

Learning about animals from picture books | How Babies Learn | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
We explored the extent to which young children learn and apply simple biological facts (such as information about color camouflage in animals) from picture books to real animals. We found that by the age of 4, children can ...
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Top 10 iPad Book Apps to Keep a Bored Kid Busy | The Digital Media Diet

Top 10 iPad Book Apps to Keep a Bored Kid Busy | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Not all digital book apps will entertain a bored kid, especially when traveling. While I am a big fan of iPad books with subtle enhancements that don’t overwhelm the storytelling, there are times when a parent wants an iPad book app with more ‘bells & whistles’, especially when you need to keep a child engaged without much assistance from an adult.

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Steve Jobs: A Master Thinker | Scoop.it

Steve Jobs: A Master Thinker | Scoop.it | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

A tribute to Steve Jobs' thinking....


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If you're updating your iPad to iOS 5, read this before you do - Apple

If you're updating your iPad to iOS 5, read this before you do - Apple | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Apple is set to launch iOS 5 today and you can expect the update to pop up in iTunes any time now. The update, arguably the most significant one in iOS’s history, includes a new notification system, iMessage, Newsstand, Reminders, Twitter integration and freedom from the computer, among 200+ features in all.

 

But what Apple giveth, Apple also taketh away. Users of the original iPad will find that iOS 5 takes away the systemwide Multi-touch gestures that they have grown so used to in the past few months ...

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Digital-Storytime.com reviews its 300th iPad picture book app

Digital-Storytime.com, the premier source of information about digital children’s books for iPad, is proud to announce a new site look with great functionality for parents, educators and fans of enhanced picture book apps. Readers can search over 300 reviews, indexed by several rating categories.

 

The site has been mentioned by School Library Journal’s blog “Neverendingsearch” as one of two good sources of information for school librarians and others seeking reviews of these new digital books for kids. With more reviews everyday, this is a site parents can rely on for great information on the enhanced book apps that children love to read.

 

Every book is reviewed in detail by a parent & educator with experience in app development. Star ratings are included to make the database of over 300 reviews sortable by categories like: Animation, Interactivity, Re-Readability, Bedtime, Extras, Educational Value & Originality as well as an overall Editorial Rating. The new site also allows for user ratings. An advanced sort and filters make this database driven review site unique and very useful for finding book apps for children.

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2011: TOC Keynote Sets Bold Tone

Frankfurt Book Fair 2011: TOC Keynote Sets Bold Tone | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Last year, there was a palpable excitement at the Frankfurt Book Fair about the commercial development of e-books. But moving text from the page to the screen will be remembered as “a minor moment” in the history of books, said e-book pioneer Bob Stein, kicking off the 2011 Frankfurt Tools of Change conference—and the marriage of publishing and computing is only now about to yield its offspring—the “networked” book. Stein was followed by marketer Mitch Joel, who also stressed the value of social networks and urged publishers to deeply re-think how they reach consumers. “What I can tell you is that you have an amazing opportunity,” Joel said, “as scary as it might be, as radical a change might as it might be.”

 

Now in its third year leading into the Frankfurt Book Fair, the O’Reilly Tools of Change Conference once again set a bold tone for the publishing industry’s largest annual gathering. Where just last year fair-goers finally seemed to be getting a handle on the burgeoning e-book market, the morning keynote speakers challenged publishers to re-think the very nature of books in the digital age. Stein compared current e-books to water coming to a boil. “Water just before it starts to steam still looks like water,” he said, saying digital books were “about to start to steam.”

 

Co-director of the Institute for the Future of the Book and a longtime innovator in digital publishing, Stein's current venture—Social Book—aims to turn reading from a solitary pursuit to a networked experience, where readers and authors can read books together, in constant communication, transforming the book from a staid object in the print era, to a live, active place online. In the future, books will be in the browser, he noted, saying that apps “reproduce the sad things of the print world.” Online, he maintains, books should be open, and become “social spaces where readers can congregate,” whether with other readers, friends, or historians or critics, or sometimes with the author, and going forward, a publisher’s core competency should be building communities.

 

“As the value of content approaches zero,” Stein said, “people will pay for context and community ...

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Children’s Digital Content a Hot Topic at Frankfurt Book Fair | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News

Children’s Digital Content a Hot Topic at Frankfurt Book Fair | Good E-Reader - ebook Reader and Tablet PC News | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

At the second Publisher’s Lunch of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the topic of discussion turned to digital content for children. As GoodEReader.com mentioned yesterday, the advent of the Kindle Fire tablet and the release of over 1,000 titles for children on the color-enabled device means a race between the tablet companies to provide quality ebooks for kids.


One of the major issues for both parents and educators when it comes to children’s ebooks is the price. Where a print edition of a large-sized popular children’s title can easily run as high as $30US, the justification for keeping children’s books at an unbelievably high price point on e-reader seems built in. Some of the titles that will be available for the Kindle Fire and Nook Color this fall are actually higher than the cost of the hardbound print edition, such as in the case of the title mentioned yesterday, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? At nearly thirteen dollars, the ebook costs more than a retail chain store’s cardboard edition.


While publishers are the ones who set the price of digital editions of children’s books, it’s disconcerting that a fixed-page children’s ebook costs so prohibitively more than some of the app books that smaller publishers are developing for children that include such features as human-narration, highlighted read along text, touch-screen word pronunciation and foreground spelling, interactive word games, and more.

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TOC Frankfurt launches with a global ebook market survey - O'Reilly Radar

TOC Frankfurt launches with a global ebook market survey - O'Reilly Radar | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Tools of Change (TOC) and O'Reilly Media have released a new white paper, "The Global eBook Market: Current Conditions & Future Projections." Using the United States and United Kingdom as benchmarks, the study, commissioned through Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting, provides a broad survey of emerging ebook markets across Europe, Brazil and China.

 

Using actual data rather than forecasts, the study examines how the main drivers of digital change in the publishing industry impact those markets, taking into account local factors and the unique defining traits of each market — from market sizes to tax and pricing regimes to cultural choices.

 

Highlights from the study results include ...

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Infographic on iPad: nearly 1/4 of all Digital books are sold via iBooks iPad app | Book Apps Business and Related News | Scoop.it

Infographic on iPad: nearly 1/4 of all Digital books are sold via iBooks iPad app | Book Apps Business and Related News | Scoop.it | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
See also Myths about the iPad in this infographic.
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Book fair to tackle challenges of digital age storytelling

Book fair to tackle challenges of digital age storytelling | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Authors once just had to deal with a publisher but are now being forced to embrace the digital age and negotiate the rights to their works for TV, films and ebooks.
Organisers of the Frankfurt Book Fair, which opens on Wednesday, said the challenges thrown up by the upheaval in the book world would be a central theme at the world's biggest gathering of industry movers and shakers.


Buying and selling of rights to works has soared by 30 percent in the last seven years, Frankfurt Book Fair Director Juergen Boos said.


"Rights trading has become broader and has become a trade with companies, with people, agents who we did not (even) know in recent years," he told reporters.


"Suddenly there are lots of people with whom one has to talk."

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Children's Author Pens 'Goodnight Moon' Parody

Children's Author Pens 'Goodnight Moon' Parody | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

David Milgrim has some advice for our fast-paced, high-tech world: slow down and enjoy the simpler things in life. That's why the children's book author and illustrator created Goodnight iPad (Penguin, 2011), a soon-to-be released parody of Margaret Wise Brown's Goodnight Moon (HarperCollins, 1947).

 

Using the pen name Ann Droyd (get it?), Milgrim replaces the familiar clock, brush, and bowl full of mush with the electronic gadgets of "our over stimulated culture" to tell the story of a "fed-up old woman, who is trying to sleep" amid "the bings, bongs, and beep of e-mails and tweets."

 

It isn't quite the soothing bedtime story that has sold more than 5 million copies since its release and helped scores of children fall asleep. But the message of this book for all ages is clear—technology has taken over our lives.

 

"The simple, peaceful, quiet world of Goodnight Moon seems to be receding into the distance," Milgrim says, explaining why he selected the classic as the backdrop for his modern-day story. "I didn't know quite what to do about it, except write some books about it to spread the word. Just like money can't buy you love, technology can't tweet you peace."

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Thoughts on Bedtime Reading and Interactivity

Thoughts on Bedtime Reading and Interactivity | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Something a little disconcerting happened last night at storytime. During our nightly bedtime reading ritual, to be specific.
My girls and I were enjoying a new interactive storybook–one of our very favorites.
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Bye Bye Books: Mourning the Loss of Real Live Books | Apartment ...

Bye Bye Books: Mourning the Loss of Real Live Books | Apartment ... | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
But to what advantage do we gain in losing the paper and going digital? Join us as we explore the pros and cons of eBooks versus book books. 10311_books_obama.jpg. Saying goodbye to storytime and memories save for ...
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It's boom time for children's books - Telegraph

It's boom time for children's books - Telegraph | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Festivals are thriving and children's books sales are outperforming the rest
of the market as Children's Book Week starts.
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Wordless Picture Books To Love

Wordless Picture Books To Love | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Wordless picture books are learning tools for children of all ages. You can appreciate the visual story, sequence, infer, imagine, predict, learn story structure (beginning, middle, end,) consider theme, learn vocabulary (English Language Learners, too!) or use to inspire writing.

 

I’ve found several amazing books that have just been published recently you’re going to love.

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