Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids
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Interesting news, reviews & trends in children's digital publishing from founder of Digital-Storytime
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iPhone/iPad Book App Review Roxie's Doors

iPhone/iPad Book App Review Roxie's Doors | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Based on Doors, a popular lift-the-flap print book, Roxie's Doors makes the digital transition so beautifully, it's hard to believe it wasn't originally designed for the iPad. There are over "50 flaps to lift & explore", bringing new discoveries on every page. The illustrations are delightful and so detailed that you notice something new with every re-reading.

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Teaching All Students: #B2SAppSpecials - Back-to-School Apps Promotion - Participating Developers (rev. 3)

To celebrate the end of summer and Back-to-School we are collaborating with Carisa of Digital Storytime (http://digital-storytime.com) and Siva of Technology (Spl) Education (http://techinspecialed.com) to facilitate a Back-to-School App Specials Promotion/SALE this weekend (8/12 - 8/15/2011)!

 

To participate, be sure to follow the hashtag #B2SAppSpecials on Twitter.

 

App Developers: If you would like to participate in #B2SAppSpecials, you can still add your app(s) using our Developer Participation Form (http://bit.ly/qw9b4v).

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Apps in Education: 12 iPad Apps for Storytelling in the Classroom

Apps in Education: 12 iPad Apps for Storytelling in the Classroom | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Storytelling continues to gain popularity as an educational activity as it stimulates a deep thinking process, it provides opportunities for reflection and it enhances and enriches the learning experience for our students. Storytelling is a very powerful way of communicating with our peers and portrays to others who we are and what our own stories are. It also provides an opportunity to connect with a group by creating a shared experience. This is vital in any community but more so in an educational setting where we are nurturing and fostering creativity.

 

So here are a number of apps that provide the tools for students to participate in the long and rich history of storytelling. Just because it is in a digital format does not make it any less rich to either the audience or within the medium ...

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The printed book is doomed: here's why - Telegraph

The printed book is doomed: here's why - Telegraph | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Our children will grow up with ebooks and they'll always view printed books as
a less convenient relic, writes Shane Richmond.
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The Rise in Self-Publishing Opens the Door for Aspiring Writers

The Rise in Self-Publishing Opens the Door for Aspiring Writers | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
A wide range of options exists for authors who choose to forgo traditional book publishing.
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Apple posted instructions on creating Read Aloud ebooks

Apple posted instructions on creating Read Aloud ebooks | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I’ve just heard that Apple released a new iBookstore Assets guide (4.7 Rev 4) this week. The guide is supposed to have instructions on how to enable the TTS functions of iBooks.
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The Future of Books Is Here!

The Future of Books Is Here! | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

In The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore, the title character endures an extraordinarily wild ride. From his balcony in what looks like the French Quarter in New Orleans, he is swept away by a Katrina-like storm so powerful that it can blow the words right off the pages of a book. Dumped into a black-and-white landscape littered with wreckage, especially ruined books, Morris encounters a savior of sorts, a young woman held aloft by a bouquet of balloons. The woman and her balloons, in contrast to all around her, are in full color. Smiling down at Morris, she tosses him a book—a flying book—that leads him to a library set out in the countryside. Here he takes up residence, learns to care for the thousands of books he lives with (books on the verge of dying are resuscitated by reading them) and begins to write down his own story, an effort that takes him all his life. When he is done, he leaves and becomes young again. The book that he left behind, his contribution to the library that nurtured him, flies into the hand of a young girl who appears on the doorstep of the library. Life is restored. Life goes on.

 

The ride that Morris takes in the story, however, is nothing compared to the journey the story itself has taken so far—a journey that began as a few sketches on a legal pad and then wound its way through the worlds of children’s lit, animated film and on to the uncharted world of book apps for the iPad, where a little story about the love of books has actually outsold “Angry Birds,” at least for a few days ...

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Publishing App Expo - December 7-8, 2011 - New York City - Presented by Mediabistro, GalleyCat, and eBookNewser

Social media and book apps, affordable video and audio resources, fundraising strategies.
Via Allison Pomenta (Children's content creator. Co-producer and creator of "Axel's Chain Reaction" App)
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iPhone/iPad Book App Review I'm Going To Be A Pirate

iPhone/iPad Book App Review I'm Going To Be A Pirate | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Overall this is a cute story that makes a great bedtime read. It is also notable for being very easy to personalize with a loved one's voice-over. I'm Going to be a Pirate! is above all good storytelling, with a tale that siblings (and parents of siblings) will appreciate. As an app, this book doesn't do a lot to take advantage of the iPad's capabilities, but it does do a great job of bringing an appealing, original picture book to lots of new readers. http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=286
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Insights from India: Punflay Talks About International App Development

Insights from India: Punflay Talks About International App Development | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
This week we are featuring an article written by Thara Visvanathan from the team at Punflay. Thara describes the work environment of her U.S. | India based company, while providing insight on India’s rapid rate of technology adoption.
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The Book Chook: Children's Literacy - A Dog's Life

The Book Chook: Children's Literacy - A Dog's Life | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Comic style backgrounds, characters, objects and editable speech bubbles from A Dog's Life (Scholastic).
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7 Storytime Strategies for Learning Literacy | Education.com

7 Storytime Strategies for Learning Literacy | Education.com | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Want some secret tips from the teacher on how to boost literacy skills in young readers? We've got 7 tricks to help your child read while she has fun doing it.
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Digital Storytime - Reviews of Childrens Picture Book Apps for iPad

Digital Storytime - Reviews of Childrens Picture Book Apps for iPad | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The Best Source for One-Stop Shopping for Children's iPad Books - Curated eBook Apps for Kids. Detailed, unbiased reviews with YouTube videos and star ratings in a searchable, sortable database. Trusted reviews from a parent and educator.
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A Librarian’s Worth Around the World | Visual.ly

A Librarian’s Worth Around the World | Visual.ly | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
visual.ly - Create, Share, Explore Great Visualizations.
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App Friday: Speech With Milo, Pocket PlayHome, iLearn Solar System, Playtime Theater, and Staraoke

App Friday: Speech With Milo, Pocket PlayHome, iLearn Solar System, Playtime Theater, and Staraoke | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Welcome to App Friday, our weekly link exchange of family-friendly apps. We continue to build momentum for the back-to-school season with more apps to arm your iDevices ...

 

... Back To School Promotions All Weekend! Follow the #B2SAppSpecials hashtag on Twitter. What’s that? Go to http://www.twitter.com, and in the “search” box, type in #B2SAppSpecials. There, you will see a dynamic conversation of people tweeting their specials throughout the weekend. If you are not the tweeting type, Carisa from Digital Storytime will be keeping her DEAL PAGE updated with the latest: http://digital-storytime.com/sale.php.

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How Little Beta Testers Play a Big Role in App Design

How Little Beta Testers Play a Big Role in App Design | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Our feature this week is written by Shimon Young, the developer of My PlayHome for iPad, an app which is receiving incredible reviews on the App Store.
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iPad Book App Review Finn's Paper Hat HD

iPad Book App Review Finn's Paper Hat HD | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Finn's Paper hat is a charming, original storybook app about a little boy and his newspaper hat. Little Finn has a wild imagination, taking the reader on a trip sailing the seas. Subtle interactivity and animation make the story come alive on every page with unique things to tap and explore. You can tap to create more snow, hear the whale talk or to get Finn's boat to sail across the sea. And on the final page, my favorite, you can drag the sun right out of the sky to reveal a moonlit night, filling it with flickering stars everywhere you tap. Read more ... http://digital-storytime.com/review.php?id=294

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Ebook Pricing Study Now Available | The Vook Blog

Ebook Pricing Study Now Available | The Vook Blog | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

The explosion of content in 2011 has brought a multitude of price points to the digital consumer, from $0.99 self-published works to $12.99 digital front-list titles. Because an eBook’s exposure also often correlates to its price, a comprehensive pricing strategy is necessary to expose great digital content and maximize revenue. We began a pricing study in early 2011 and have built a deep expertise around eBook merchandising. Our pricing white paper details what we’ve learned from our extensive price testing in the digital marketplace. It serves as a resource for anyone trying to find the right price point in the “wild west” of app, eBook, and web-based storefronts. We’ve crystalized our research into our proprietary Vook Pricing Engine—a key part of Vook’s business analytics toolkit ...

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App Friday RETURNS

App Friday RETURNS | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Children will get a jumpstart on reading with an introduction to phonics when they hear the letters and corresponding words being sounded out. And to listen to everyone's favorite, the ABC song, simply pull the ring!
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A New Kind of Book› Book Meets World: Augmented Reality-powered Pages

A New Kind of Book› Book Meets World: Augmented Reality-powered Pages | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it

Most people—certainly readers of this blog—know about “augmented reality”, whereby camera-powered computers gussy up the real world with extra layers of info. A popular example: point a smartphone’s camera at a crowded city street and watch a bunch of labels appear onscreen indicating bars and restaurants. (The restaurant-finding Yelp app does that trick; just tap Nearby and then Monocle.)

It didn’t take long, of course, for publishing types to scratch their heads and wonder: you know what? We could use the same trick in our products ...

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dot.momming: DotMomming's Top Picture Book Apps

dot.momming: DotMomming's Top Picture Book Apps | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I'll kick this post off with a quick confession: I am easily overwhelmed. Not in the meltdown-in-a-crisis sense -- I'm pretty good to have around when there's blood. But I am fairly worthless in a crowded supermarket. And don't even think about taking me to Macy's. I go catatonic amid all those choices. The same goes for searching for books in the iTunes store. How do parents do it? There are so many choices, I wind up making my decision based on a postage-stamp sized image -- "How cute is that little bunny?" And as we all know, we can't judge a book by its thumbnail. Yet we do.
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The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

The Future of Reading and Writing is Collaborative | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.
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Typos: No Longer Just an Indie Problem

Typos: No Longer Just an Indie Problem | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Virginia Heffernan recently wrote a piece in the Opinionator (Exclusive Online Commentary from the Times) called The Price of Typos. In it, Heffernan seeks to define the meaning of the typo (as if there were some deeper meaning to be found) and the reasons, which I believe pretty much boil down to both a lack of caring and the high price of hiring a good editor.

What Heffernan doesn’t mention is that one of the most cited reasons for not reading an indie book is usually a combination of poor editing and typos. If you’re a regular IR reader, you’ve probably seen our “Trad Pubbed Book F**k-Up” feature, where we post typos found in traditionally published books, just to prove that indies are not the only writers prone to errors.

Whether a book is an indie or traditionally pubbed, I find spelling errors to be both jarring and inexcusable. It speaks of sloppiness. I think that traditionally pubbed authors have the expectation that their books will be edited properly by their publishers. And I think indie authors owe it to their readers to hire someone to insure the same.

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Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog: The Changing World of Digital Rights & Publishing Agreements

Joe Wikert's Publishing 2020 Blog: The Changing World of Digital Rights & Publishing Agreements | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I originally planned to attend our TOC webcast last week but wound up running into a schedule conflict. If you missed it as well you can stil catch the archive of it with me. I'm talking about The Changing World...
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On Our Minds @ Scholastic » 5 ways social media has changed publishing

On Our Minds @ Scholastic » 5 ways social media has changed publishing | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Our relationship with social media? “It’s complicated.” We love that Facebook can keep us connected with friends (from kindergarten no less), but we hate the privacy issues. We love that Twitter gives us immediate access to news, but we hate that there’s so much noise & nonsense in our feeds. However you feel about these tools and this evolving space, we have to accept that social networking has changed the way we think, the way we interact with people, and even the way we do business, including publishing.

Publishers use social media to promote books, blogger book tours, and teasers. Readers use these tools to get the latest information and news on books. But, much of this straight forward use of social networking has changed. Take a look at a few ways social is shifting the ways of publishing ...
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