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Interesting news, reviews & trends in children's digital publishing from founder of Digital-Storytime
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Publishing is living in a world not of its own making – The Shatzkin Files

Publishing is living in a world not of its own making – The Shatzkin Files | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
A big ebook shoe dropped on Sunday. It dropped on Kobo first. And it has nothing to do with Borders.
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iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps | The Digital Media Diet

iPad Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Now that the iPad has been around for over a year, the selection of quality book apps is large enough to justify creating a real library of titles, especially for children’s picture book apps. And any library needs a good foundation.

In place of what would have been Digital-Storytime’s 10th ‘Top 10′ list, this week I have whittled down my favorites to just 25 apps I would recommend for a well-rounded collection. This list represents just 10% of the 250 books reviewed on our site (and includes insights from previewing over 1000 book apps overall).
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Jane’s Writing Advice Archive | Jane Friedman

Jane’s Writing Advice Archive | Jane Friedman | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I’ve been offering writing and publishing advice for a long time. So I thought it might be time to create a handy archive of what’s available online, especially for those who haven’t been following me since the very beginning. If you know of something wonderful I’ve written that isn’t included here—or if you’re looking for something you can’t find—let me know. I’ll try to remedy!
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I publish, therefore I am invisible | FutureBook

E-Publishing – not to be confused with the availability on Kindle and other digital platforms of “proper" books from “proper" publishers – is the version of vanity publishing that dares to speak its name. Yet for all but a tiny number of writers, the reality lies a long way behind the hype. To its hopeful but mainly hapless practitioners, e-fiction is a bit like a politician who is constantly tipped to lead his party but never actually makes it off the backbenches. It is the future of publishing, and it always will be.
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iPad as picture book

iPad as picture book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
For generations, reading a picture book worked one way: Place a child on your lap, crack the book’s spine, turn the pages and begin narrating the story of Curious George, Max and the wild things or Sam-I-am and his dislike of a certain breakfast.

Now that ritual has been upended by the soaring popularity of young children’s book apps for the iPad. Earlier this week, eight of the top 10 paid book apps on iTunes were picture books. Today’s digital-native children seem keenly interested in a story told to them on a 10-inch screen with a finger’s swipe to reach the next page.
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MediaShift . Literary Agents Try New Role as Self-Publishing Consultants | PBS

MediaShift . Literary Agents Try New Role as Self-Publishing Consultants | PBS | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
RT @sydneywriters: Literary agents try new role as self-publishing consultants: http://to.pbs.org/ixEiZj...
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Trends – 100+ Reviews – In-App Marketing & Other Features Kids Apps Could Do Without | The Digital Media Diet

Trends – 100+ Reviews – In-App Marketing & Other Features Kids Apps Could Do Without | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Reading a picture book on an iPad can be an amazing experience. There is so much that can be added in this new medium. There are also some unique challenges that don’t come up in print books. In addition to books that are too stimulating for bedtime (or too noisy for a quiet waiting room), it’s possible to have books with features that challenge our ideas of what is appropriate in a product aimed at kids.
These features vary from app to app, but I’ve seen a lot of things that give me pause. If you share an iDevice with a child, I’m sure you have your pet peeves too. Maybe you will be able to relate to the following things that bug me in children’s apps:
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Using iPads in K-12 Schools and Its Top 4 Benefits | iPads House 2.0

Using iPads in K-12 Schools and Its Top 4 Benefits | iPads House 2.0 | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Posted July 25, 2011
By Miss Hello Kitty

Along with the newest round of school funding cuts in lots of states and student faltering/dropout charges still greater than what we would like to notice, needless to state: schools are in critical need of help.
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Apple Teases New iPad Commercial “We’ll Always”

For more news about Social Media, Apple, Business & Marketing, Gaming, Media, Mobile, Startups, Tech & Gadgets, Videos, Tutorials and the Web 2.0 follow us ... (Want to watch new iPad commercial "We'll Always"?
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What's a book? It's whatever you want it to be

What's a book? It's whatever you want it to be | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
As the disruption of the book industry continues, media companies are showing an increasing interest in "format shifting" by publishing their own e-books using content that they have already created, moves that are taking them into the growing...
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How will iPad picture books affect young reader’s literacy? | The Digital Media Diet

How will iPad picture books affect young reader’s literacy? | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I have been thinking a lot about the topic of literacy as I review iPad books at Digital Storytime. As the mother of a preschooler who is just now learning to read, the idea of digital books both delights and terrifies me. When I first read an iPad book to my son, back in April of 2010, I had a sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. What did these new picture books, with their instant appeal, mean for print books and more importantly, for reading as a pastime? Would my son ‘read’ or would he instead be distracted by books he could passively watch, or even worse, books that were more like toys and less like educational tools for literacy?
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Strangers and friends: understanding publishing

The bookstore and the publisher keep more than 85% of what a reader pays for a book. And that money is well-earned. Why?
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breakfast time reading: cereal boxes and more | teach mama

breakfast time reading: cereal boxes and more | teach mama | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Did you read the cereal box when you were young? I did!
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App Purchasing (Paid, Lite and Freemium): What’s working, and what’s appropriate in apps for kids?

App Purchasing (Paid, Lite and Freemium): What’s working, and what’s appropriate in apps for kids? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Here is the first in a follow-up series of posts from Ahmed Siddiqui, the developer of Go Go Mongo, who is compiling articles of interest from the MobileBeat 2011 Conference in San Francisco. He started by highlighting an overview of industry trends for app developers discussed at the conference. In this post he specifically covers app purchasing methods like “freemium” vs. “paid” vs. “lite”, how they work, and the ethical considerations of using these methods in apps for kids.
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Promoting Literacy Skills Among Children

Promoting Literacy Skills Among Children | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
This article will discuss some of the reasons why it is important to encourage children to read and to read a lot.
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Apple iPad Forum

iPadForums.net is the ultimate Apple iPad Forum and fan site offering a comprehensive collection of Apple iPad and Tablet Computer information.
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Does Self Publishing Make It Too Easy?

"Do the safeguards of traditional publishing offer significant advantages over DIY?"

Today, fans demand immediate gratification (just ask Martin…as described here by Laura Miller in the New Yorker) and authors are indulging them by publishing a book every month or even faster.
The upside is sustaining a reader’s interest — after all, when a reader discovers an author, it is best to capitalize on their attention as much as possible before they get distracted by another. The downside is often work that could be vastly improved by rewriting, editing and proofing. As Mayer notes, he recommends a writer have at least three manuscripts written before they begin self-publishing. It’s the old maxim that practice makes perfect.
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Book publishers getting to grips with the potential of apps

Book publishers getting to grips with the potential of apps | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Stuart Dredge: London roundtable reveals optimism about the creative potential, but an awareness of tight margins too (@arthurchad check it out!
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What publishing can learn from tech startups - O'Reilly Radar

What publishing can learn from tech startups - O'Reilly Radar | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Author Todd Sattersten believes the publishing industry has a lot to learn from tech startups. Agile development, iteration and adaptation all have a place.
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The iPad Just Ate 11% Of The PC Market

In January, we noted that the iPad was equal to 7% of the PC market. Now, it's at 11%.
The iPad went on sale a little more than a year ago. This quarter, Applesold 9.25 million of them. That's up 142% from last year.



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Sunday {App}etizers: The Penelope Rose by MoBad Media | There's A Book

Sunday {App}etizers: The Penelope Rose by MoBad Media | There's A Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Sunday {App}etizers is a new feature where we take our absolute favorite Book Apps for the iPad and iPhone and serve them up for you to enjoy!
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Karen Robertson: Why Anyone Can (and Should) Create an App for Their Book

Karen Robertson: Why Anyone Can (and Should) Create an App for Their Book | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
RT @KarenRobertson: Are you a children's writer wondering what options you might have to produce stories as book apps?
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iPhone/iPad Book App Review F:sh

iPhone/iPad Book App Review F:sh | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
This unique new digital book app is an undersea adventure. Three friends explore the ocean, a deep sea cavern and even help a stranded submarine along the way. This book app is also fun because it moves through pages that go forward and then down and back up when the trio explore the sea cave, challenging our notion of a strictly linear storyline.
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Bloomin' iPad by Kathy Schrock

Bloomin' iPad by Kathy Schrock | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
A listing of iPads apps categorized by their relationship to a revised version of Bloom's Taxonomy
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Book apps: A reading revolution, or the end of reading?

Book apps: A reading revolution, or the end of reading? | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The latest in publishing technology, sophisticated book apps let users watch videos, view hundreds of photos and follow annotated maps. So what does that have to do with reading?
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