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Interesting news, reviews & trends in children's digital publishing from founder of Digital-Storytime
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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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Guest host for 10/2/11 #storyappchat: Annie Fox!

Guest host for 10/2/11 #storyappchat: Annie Fox! | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

We’ve got another fantastic guest host lined up for this week’s #storyappchat: Annie Fox! Many of you know Annie as one half of the Electric Eggplant dynamic duo, but she’s also a well-respected author, educator and lecturer.

 

She’ll be talking about ways to create kids’ apps that entertain and promote SEL (social and emotional learning). Annie is the author of the Middle School Confidential series of books, as well as the Raymond and Sheila picture books.

 

Find out more about Annie at her website, and make plans to join us for #storyappchat this week (October 2 at 9:00 p.m. EDT). See you then!

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Everybody's Scared - Big Publishing, Agents and The Authors They Feed On | The Passive Voice

Everybody's Scared - Big Publishing, Agents and The Authors They Feed On | The Passive Voice | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

As one analyst said today, Amazon is the mirror image of Apple. Apple, a device maker, has low-priced content to encourage you to buy devices. Amazon, a content provider, has low-priced devices to encourage you to buy content ...

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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Drink the Kool-Aid

Yesterday, an agent blogged about a speech she recently gave to Sisters in Crime. Some of the advice was fine. Some was archaic (no, writers don't need to attend conventions or volunteer for anything), but this was just downright awful:

 

"Do NOT drink the kool-aid on E-publishing. It's too early to be making sweeping statements about any of it. We're all learning this as we go and the right answer to almost everything is "we'll see what happens."

 

I threw up a little in my mouth when I read that. It's terrible advice, especially coming from someone who should have writers' best interests at heart.

 

Here are some sweeping statements I'll make, which can be verified ...

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Kids #AppFriday Deals: 30 September - The New AppFriday! - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod

Kids #AppFriday Deals: 30 September - The New AppFriday! - Fun Educational Apps: Best Apps for Kids Reviews iPad / iPhone / iPod | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Big offers for you this week as Moms With Apps is introducing its new #AppFriday with Facebook Party and A4CWSN is hosting an APP PARTY. So get ready for some great deals! We will try to cover them all and apologies if we miss any.


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5 Essential Tips For Creating A Children’s Book

5 Essential Tips For Creating A Children’s Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

My son and I wrote the first draft of a children’s story over 2 years ago. Never did we imagine there would be dozens of re-writes.

 

We were inspired by his daughters, then ages 5 and 3, as they entertained each other with vivid imagination and storytelling. Each of us, accomplished authors on academic topics, thought we could easily transform their amusing dialogue into a children’s book.

 

Not so fast!

 

Those early steps led to quite an adventure—not just writing—but more importantly, the process of creating a unique product for a crowded children’s book market. After all, in 2009 alone, almost 22,000 children’s books were published in the U.S.

Undaunted, we took the plunge with unbridled enthusiasm and learned from our mistakes along the way. It was a humbling experience. Here are tips for avoiding similar mistakes and creating a high quality children’s picture book that will make you proud.

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Top 10 iPad Kids Books – My Preschooler’s Favorites | The Digital Media Diet

Top 10 iPad Kids Books – My Preschooler’s Favorites | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Top 10 iPad Kids Books – My Preschooler’s Favorites http://t.co/fbJVPmLr...
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Survey Results: How Ebook Buyers Discover Books…09.26.11

Survey Results: How Ebook Buyers Discover Books…09.26.11 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

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Disney Pairs Physical Toys with iPad Apps

Disney Pairs Physical Toys with iPad Apps | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Taking multitouch to the next level, Disney has released Appmates, small Hot Wheels-sized toys from the Pixar movie Cars, that physically interact...
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Crowdfunding – A creative way of funding your app development and marketing

Crowdfunding – A creative way of funding your app development and marketing | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Our feature this week is written by Jim McClafferty, the founder of Brain Parade, and the creator of See.Touch.Learn.™ Jim has been a software company CEO, has run his own consulting business, and has spent his career in various business...
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Kindle Fire an iPad killer? Yes. It's the price, stupid

Kindle Fire an iPad killer? Yes. It's the price, stupid | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
commentary The Kindle Fire is smaller than the iPad and has half the features. CNET's Molly Wood argues that it doesn't need the other half, because it's less than half the price. Read this blog post by Molly Wood on Molly Rants.
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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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Amazon’s Kindle Fire: Not the Android Tablet Schools Have Been Waiting For

Amazon’s Kindle Fire:  Not the Android Tablet Schools Have Been Waiting For | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

At a press event in NYC today, Amazon officially unveiled what many have long been waiting for: its Android tablet. The Kindle Fire is the latest entry into the tablet market, which up until today has been so utterly dominated by Apple’s iPad that it’s hard to even call it a market.

 

And despite plenty of pronouncements that the new Kindle Fire will be no “iPad killer,” it’s hard to deny that the price point for this device ($199) will definitely give a lot of consumers pause before they shell out the $500 or so for the Apple device.

 

There’s little debate here that the iPad remains the superior piece of hardware with a superior app ecosystem. But as GigaOm’s Mathew Ingram points out, we shouldn’t be all that shocked that Amazon is delivering an inferior device. Apple is, after all, a hardware company, whereas Amazon is an online retail company, one that once specialized solely in books but that is now a major player in digital media as well.

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Getting Apps Approved: Two Case Studies

Getting Apps Approved: Two Case Studies | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Print-book purists take note: Apple recently announced that the world's 200 million iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users have downloaded more than 15 billion apps from its 425,000-app collection.

 

According to the company, books are among its most popular offerings (games are #1). To shed light on Apple's approval process, we turned to two well-regarded app publishers, who discuss recent titles that earned a quick "yes" from Steve Jobs's magic kingdom.

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Special Education Apps | Best iPad Apps for Kids | Educational iPad Apps - A4CWSN.com

Special Education Apps | Best iPad Apps for Kids | Educational iPad Apps - A4CWSN.com | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

"The App Party has Started, 100's of Apps reduced, 100's of codes to give away and 50 iPads to be given away"

 

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iPhone/iPad Book App Review The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories - Dr. Seuss

iPhone/iPad Book App Review The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories - Dr. Seuss | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories is a wonderful collection of seven stories originally published for RedBook in 1950-1951. They are exceptional and will enchant both young readers and older ones alike. How exciting to experience a whole new series of Seuss stories, simultaneously available in both print and digital!

 

These rare stories were discovered by Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen and have been referred to as 'the literary equivalent of buried treasure'. They also have an expanded palette of colors that goes beyond what was originally available when the magazine editions were printed. These stories capture some of the earliest themes that would continue to run through many of Dr. Seuss's future titles.

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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Konrath's Ebook Predictions from 2009.

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: Konrath's Ebook Predictions from 2009. | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

I wrote the following blog post in 2009, a list of ebook predictions ... 

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Writing on the Ether

Writing on the Ether | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
A weekly round-up of the best articles, news, and analysis on the writing and publishing industry.

 

Great thoughts this week about the kindle fire ... don't click through unless you have time to read since this list has LOTS of great links with more posts you'll get easily sucked into! ~ Carisa

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Reading Non-Illustrated Books to Your Children

Reading Non-Illustrated Books to Your Children | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I love reading to my children and I know you do too.  We're all working towards the same goal...Raising Children Who Love to Read.  Yesterday, I started reading out loud my sons' first non-illust...
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The Future of Publishing: Like Minds

The Future of Publishing: Like Minds | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

With the full knowledge that we are plunging headlong into a confusing and bipolar introduction, let’s just say it: Publishing is concurrently dying a slow death, and exploding in growth.

 

The traditional magazine, newspaper, music, and book industries are all seeing the same cultural shifts influence their environments. It doesn’t take a qualified futurist to predict the further decline of the publishing industry as we know it, but it also is supremely apparent that the act of publishing, that is the origination of content for the purpose of distribution and consumption, is alive and very well.

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Cultural Anthropologist Mimi Ito on Connected Learning, Children, and Digital Media

Mimi Ito is a cultural anthropologist and expert in the field of digital media and learning, focusing on children and youth's changing relationships to media...
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