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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Race to the Bottom Part 2

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Race to the Bottom Part 2 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Back in August, I wrote a post about the supposed race to the bottom with ebooks, refuting some nonsense written by an establishment bonehead.

 

This meme won't die. People are still convinced that new ebooks are going to be priced at ten cents, and writers will starve, and this will cause a second Great Depression where banks will close and people will be forced to buy Kindles with food stamps, and then the earth will enter another ice age where all the bunnies will freeze to death.

 

Lots of doom and gloom here.


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The jury is still out on school iPad deployments | ZDNet

A colleague recently sent me a link to a recent USA Today feature on an iPad initiative in the Zeeland Public Schools in Zeeland, Michigan. A quick read of the story would have the average administrator or parent thinking that, not only are iPads the best things since sliced bread for students, but also wondering just how they can replicate the district’s expensive and ambitious program to equip virtually all students with iPads.

 

The program has already achieved some admirable goals. Paper usage has decreased with some “some teachers going paperless” and many the use of ebooks instead of dead tree books was highlighted in a particular class. The treehugger in me is is very excited. We also heard about students working on organizational skills, enabled by electronically issued assignments (”It’s all on our iPads,” one student commented) and other instructors are giving assessments via the devices. Sounds good, right? And I believe that it is.

 

I also believe that USA Today hasn’t given us a complete picture. Let’s take a step back first ...

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The Future of Books

There is a revolutionary change occurring in the book industry that is going to meet resistance from old school publishers.
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Top 10 Animated Books for iPad | The Digital Media Diet

Top 10 Animated Books for iPad | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Looking for an ANIMATED book for your new iPad 2 (or iPad 1)? The following titles all have ‘WOW!’ potential. These are our top picks from our database of book app reviews at http://Digital-Storytime.com ...

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Become an Author with Book Creator App for iPad | appsforiPads

Become an Author with Book Creator App for iPad | appsforiPads | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Book Creator for iPad opens up the world of ebook authorship to you! Create books simply in an intuitive interface; read on your iPad or publish to the iBookstore!

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The digital rights quagmire - O'Reilly Radar

The digital rights quagmire - O'Reilly Radar | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Digital publishing brings to light a number of new challenges and areas of uncertainty for everyone, from publishers to authors to retail consumers. Sebastian Posth (@sposth), a partner at A2 Electronic Publishing and a speaker at TOC Frankfurt, discusses some of these issues in the following interview. He outlines questions raised in the digital rights and distribution arenas and talks about why the waters have become so muddied.

 

TOC Frankfurt 2011 — Being held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011, TOC Frankfurt will feature a full day of cutting-edge keynotes and panel discussions by key figures in the worlds of publishing and technology.

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Learning in a Digital Age: Teaching a Different Kind of Literacy | PBS

Learning in a Digital Age: Teaching a Different Kind of Literacy | PBS | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

"Education," scholar and writer Ralph Ellison once said, "is a matter of building bridges." And perhaps, no bridge is more important than the bridge to the future. As educators, it's our responsibility to prepare students for the world of tomorrow. Yet tomorrow isn't what it used to be.

 

The timeline from the Gold Rush to Google spans just beyond 150 years, but if you look at the rate of change during this period it feels more like a geologic epoch. We've gone from transcontinental railroads to robotic rovers on Mars. Today an iPhone has more computing power than the entire North American Air Defense Command had in 1965.

 

Conversely, our system of universal education, which is about the same age, has changed more glacially. In fact, in recent decades glaciers have changed more rapidly than our schools. And this highlights the tip of a rapidly morphing iceberg: The world is undergoing foundational shifts. Universal education was designed to meet the social and economic needs of the industrial revolution.

 

The social and economic needs of today are emerging within a digitally networked society, and the rate of change doesn't appear to be slowing down. According to Cathy Davidson, chair of Duke University's Digital Futures Task Force, 65 percent of today's grade schoolers will end up doing work that hasn't been invented yet. How do we prepare students for work that hasn't been invented yet?


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Cybils: 2011 Nominations: Book Apps

Cybils: 2011 Nominations: Book Apps | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The Children's and YA Bloggers' Literary Awards - Nominations open through October 15, 2011 - New category for Book Apps for iPad!

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Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality” is a beautiful, educational iPad experience

Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality” is a beautiful, educational iPad experience | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Richard Dawkins, a British evolutionary biologist and bestselling author of books like The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion, recently launched his latest book The Magic of Reality ...


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iPhone/iPad Book App Review Bobo Explores Light

iPhone/iPad Book App Review Bobo Explores Light | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Bobo is a cute little robot that guides readers 6+ through a fascinating series of over 100 pages of facts, videos, physics demonstrations and interactive goodies relating to the science and history of the study of light.

 

The app is thorough, educationally sound and deeply engaging. It is a non-fiction title with over 20 topic pages that open up three additional windows with so much content it will take you well over an hour to get through it all ... but you won't notice the time because this is such an absorbing book.

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Marketing Kids Apps (Part II) – How Consumers Decide to Download | The Digital Media Diet

Marketing Kids Apps (Part II) – How Consumers Decide to Download | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

There are a lot of apps for kids in the app store, so many that even an exceptional app can get lost (or buried) not long after launch. So how do parents & educators find good apps for elementary school age kids (and younger) to download onto their iPads, iPods & iPhones? Over the course of several weeks I’ve been asking friends with mobile devices, educators on Twitter and fans of our Facebook page just this question.

 

I think their responses are really interesting and informative for app developers. This list is in addition to the information in Part I - Marketing Kids Apps (Part I) – 3 Things No Amount of Code Can Fix: http://digital-storytime.com/wp/?p=616

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How the Kindle Fire Changes the Digital Media Landscape - Content Matters

How the Kindle Fire Changes the Digital Media Landscape - Content Matters | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

I wasn’t planning to blog about the Kindle Fire. There’s tons of coverage already and the last thing we need is yet another blog post touting its features.

But there are a few things that seem to be confusing lots of people, so I’d like to focus on those.

 

First, while both Amazon (AMZN) and Apple (AAPL) want to “own” the delivery of media to consumers, their strategies are completely opposite of one another. Apple makes its money on hardware. Music, books and video are simply a means to sell more devices. Amazon, meanwhile, makes its money selling media. Devices are simply a means to sell more books, music and video content. So, when you see hundreds of tweets that Amazon is losing $50 on each Kindle Fire, that’s by design. It’s a razor and razor blade strategy designed to establish Amazon as the clear #2 in the tablet market so that they can sell more content.

 

The second issue is about whether the Kindle Fire will slow the sale of the iPad. While I’m sure that there are some who, considering an iPad, will instead choose the Fire, I don’t think that’s where their biggest impact will be. In fact, for Apple I think the bigger impact will be on the iPod Touch.

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App-related Resources for Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators

App-related Resources for Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Our feature this week is written by Valerie Mih, co-founder of digital publishing company See Here Studios and an animation professional with over 15 years experience creating media for children.
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Apps in Education: 10 Free E-Book Sites for iPad

Want to get the most out of your iPad - Are you using it as an e-reader? There are multiple sites that offer free downloads of both classic and contemporary publications and the reading experience on the iPad is actually quite good. The font size, the instant access to chapters and pages and the .......all make for a positive reading experience. Coupled with this is the fact that this is about the only way to get anybody under the age of 20 to read for any length of time at all.

 

For younger readers and kids learning to the read the interactive experience will engender a love of interaction with the written word. This is especially true of the newer types of apps that are coming out. The same can be said for students who will be accessing more and more of their textbooks as interactive experiences. We have already seen texts where students can manipulate experiments to alter the outcome, view video and animations highlighting the key points and the individual choosing the style of content presentation that best suits their learning style.

 

But what is available as Free e-books or downloads and where can you access them? The following is a list of sites where you can access free e-books for your own reading experience or as a resource for your classes.

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Cybils: A peek into the whizbang world of book apps

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A peek into the whizbang world of book apps

 

Another in our series introducing each genre, written by the organizer.

Boing! Zoom! Zap! Is that your book making all those noises? Are you making things dance, bounce and sing? You must be reading a Book App, maybe on your smart phone or iPad.

 

Digital publishing is certainly changing the way we experience books, but we’ve been especially fascinated by the development of interactive book apps. These are not just ebooks like those you would read on a Kindle. Book Apps are highly interactive programs that integrate animation, games, audio, music--or all of the above--into the text.

 

With this first year of the Cybils Book App category, we’ll be ...

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» Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011

» Steve Jobs, 1955 – 2011 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Steven Paul Jobs, 56, died Wednesday at his home with his family. The co-founder and, until last August, CEO of Apple Inc was the most celebrated person in technology and business on the planet. No one will take issue with the official Apple statement that “The world is immeasurably better because of Steve.”

 

It had taken a while for the world to realize what an amazing treasure Steve Jobs was. But Jobs knew it all along. That was part of what was so unusual about him. From at least the time he was a teenager, Jobs had a freakish chutzpah. At age 13, he called up the head of HP and cajoled him into giving Jobs free computer chips. It was part of a lifelong pattern of setting and fulfilling astronomical standards. Throughout his career, he was fearless in his demands. He kicked aside the hoops that everyone else had to negotiate and straightforwardly and brazenly pursued what he wanted. When he got what he wanted — something that occurred with astonishing frequency — he accepted it as his birthright.

 

If Jobs were not so talented, if he were not so visionary, if he were not so canny in determining where others had failed in producing great products and what was necessary to succeed, his pushiness and imperiousness would have made him a figure of mockery.

 

But Steve Jobs was that talented, visionary and determined.

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E-book Evolution

The evolution of the printed book to e-books has taken place within the past few decades. E-books proliferated in the ‘90s. Kids books were not a focus of these early digital books. They were primarily professional or technical in nature and were read electronically instead of downloaded. E-books later incorporated material from novels, poetry, magazines, and historic documents that were no longer covered by copyright and could be downloaded for free.

 

Many publishers and authors were hesitant to endorse the concept of electronic publishing because of piracy issues. However ...

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The Indie Book Blog Database

The Indie Book Blog Database | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
A great directory where Indie/Self Published Authors can find book reputable book bloggers to read and review their books free of charge.

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Using digital to save on review copies | FutureBook

2011 has been the year of the App for publishers, no doubt about it, and there were even signs that the enhanced eBook market is worth investing in for the future. But before we get too cross-eyed about what the technology can do by adding whizzes and bangs to the printed word, we would do well to see how the same technology can serve other parts of the business.

 

In the same way that publishers are on the look out for new ways of making money, all of us - especially now - are on the hunt for how to save money, save time and generally make life easier for all those involved in the publishing process.

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Storybook apps for kids a major topic among children's book writers and artists

Storybook apps for kids a major topic among children's book writers and artists | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

In 2003, writer and Austinite Lindsey Lane and illustrator Melissa Iwai published an adorable children's book called "Snuggle Mountain."

 

This year, the story had a digital comeback. It was released as an app for the iPad and iPhone/iPod Touch devices in May. Lane, who got the rights for the book back from the original publisher and began working on the app late last year, says that at first there was a lot of soul searching and research to find the right app developer and to determine what interactive elements (Games? Animations? Sound effects) should be included.

 

But once PicPocket Books was brought on as a developer to work with Lane and Iwai, the app was created "in an outrageously short period of time compared to traditional publishing," Lane said. "It was very effortless, largely because the book was done. We just added to it."

 

The app has put a little money in the bank, she says, and has her thinking about new digital projects. "It astounds me the possibilities of what you could do with a story and touching the screen, opening up different worlds for kids," Lane said.

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Children's Publishing is Going Digital | The Passive Voice

Children's Publishing is Going Digital | The Passive Voice | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
From Mike Shatzkin: Even though I’ve been a skeptic about the commercial viability of “enhanced” ebooks and content-based apps, my reservations are inversely proportional to the age of the intended reader.
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Interview: Mom With Apps | Touch and Go

When School Library Journal first began exploring the world of apps, we were advised to visit the Moms with Apps website and blog. The site is hosted by a group of developers that shares information on everything from push codes and platforms to game and story apps. In addition to frequent updates and information on new products, blog subscribers receive offers for free apps each week during “App Fridays.” The site is also a good place to learn about some of the issues that concern today’s developers. Recently, I spoke with Lorraine Akemann, one of the founders of the collaborative Moms with Apps and the site’s editor.

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Ebooks: our literary future, and past - Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Ebooks: our literary future, and past - Spectator.co.uk (blog) | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

It has never been a better time to be a reader. Why then is there still an underlying suspicion of digital publishing? You can understand the wariness from some in the book trade, which was late to digital and is now terrified of getting a raw deal.

 

What I don’t get is the facetious luddism of the anti-ereader brigade, whose arguments range from the boringly practical ('you can’t read a Kindle in the bath/in the sun /on a bicycle') to the faintly fetishistic ('nothing can replace the earthy smell, the velvety touch...').

 

Because what they ignore, and the technologically jaded forget, is the wondrous power of technology to connect us to hundreds, thousands of years of civilization ...

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Are Picture Books Out of the Picture?

Are Picture Books Out of the Picture? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
With great sadness, I read The New York Times’ (hopefully premature) obituary for the picture book: The picture book, a mainstay of children’s literature with its lavish illustrations, cheerful colors and large print wrapped in a glossy jacket, has...
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What Advertising Can Teach a Children’s Writer

What Advertising Can Teach a Children’s Writer | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Today’s guest post is from Gerry Renert, a three-time EMMY nominated kid’s writer, who has recently become a published children’s book author.

 

I never thought I’d end up writing children’s books, especially when my first paying writing job was creating print ads to convince upper-crusters they needed a certain brand of scotch to announce their arrival into upper-crustdom. Looking back, though, the advertising job wasn’t a curse but more a blessing in the eventual outcome of my writing career.

 

Advertising taught me some lessons I’ll never forget ...

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