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A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: One More Nail in the Coffin

A Newbie's Guide to Publishing: One More Nail in the Coffin | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
During my absence, two interesting things happened.

1. My Amazon-published ebook SHAKEN hit the Top 100 again on the Kindle bestseller list. I can only attribute this to some promo Amazon did, since I was off the grid and not doing anything.

2. It looks like Borders is going to liquidate.

This quickly tells me two things that I suspected all along. First, that signing a publishing deal with Amazon is a good thing. Who ever heard of a publisher doing a marketing push nine months after the book came out?

As I'm fond of saying, ebooks are forever, and Amazon is happy to support a backlist that lasts for infinity.

Second, if Borders goes bye-bye, the death spiral I predicted is right on course.

Here's something I said in that blog post:
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An Ex-Pixar Designer Creates Astounding Kids' Book On iPad | Co. Design

An Ex-Pixar Designer Creates Astounding Kids' Book On iPad | Co. Design | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
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21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift

21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020 | MindShift | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Inspired by Sandy Speicher’s vision of the designed school day of the future, reader Shelly Blake-Plock shared his own predictions of that ideal day. How close are we to this? The post was written in December 2009, and Blake-Plock says he’s seeing some of these already beginning to come to fruition.

[Update: I asked Blake-Plock to respond to comments to this post. Read it here.]

By Shelly Blake-Plock

1. DESKS
The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.

2. LANGUAGE LABS
Foreign language acquisition is only a smartphone away. Get rid of those clunky desktops and monitors and do something fun with that room.

3. COMPUTERS
Ok, so this is a trick answer. More precisely this one should read: ‘Our concept of what a computer is’. Because computing is going mobile and over the next decade we’re going to see the full fury of individualized computing via handhelds come to the fore. Can’t wait.

4. HOMEWORK
The 21st century is a 24/7 environment. And the next decade is going to see the traditional temporal boundaries between home and school disappear. And despite whatever Secretary Duncan might say, we don’t need kids to ‘go to school’ more; we need them to ‘learn’ more. And this will be done 24/7 and on the move (see #3).

5. THE ROLE OF STANDARDIZED TESTS IN COLLEGE ADMISSIONS
The AP Exam is on its last legs. The SAT isn’t far behind. Over the next ten years, we will see Digital Portfolios replace test scores as the #1 factor in college admissions.

6. DIFFERENTIATED INSTRUCTION AS A SIGN OF DISTINGUISHED TEACHER
The 21st century is customizable. In ten years, the teacher who hasn’t yet figured out how to use tech to personalize learning will be the teacher out of a job. Differentiation won’t make you ‘distinguished’; it’ll just be a natural part of your work.

7. FEAR OF WIKIPEDIA
Wikipedia is the greatest democratizing force in the world right now. If you are afraid of letting your students peruse it, it’s time you get over yourself.

8. PAPERBACKS
Books were nice. In ten years’ time, all reading will be via digital means. And yes, I know, you like the ‘feel’ of paper. Well, in ten years’ time you’ll hardly tell the difference as ‘paper’ itself becomes digitized.

9. ATTENDANCE OFFICES
Bio scans. ‘Nuff said.

10. LOCKERS
A coat-check, maybe.

11. I.T. DEPARTMENTS
Ok, so this is another trick answer. More subtly put: IT Departments as we currently know them. Cloud computing and a decade’s worth of increased wifi and satellite access will make some of the traditional roles of IT — software, security, and connectivity — a thing of the past. What will IT professionals do with all their free time? Innovate. Look to tech departments to instigate real change in the function of schools over the next twenty years.

12. CENTRALIZED INSTITUTIONS
School buildings are going to become ‘homebases’ of learning, not the institutions where all learning happens. Buildings will get smaller and greener, student and teacher schedules will change to allow less people on campus at any one time, and more teachers and students will be going out into their communities to engage in experiential learning.

13. ORGANIZATION OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES BY GRADE
Education over the next ten years will become more individualized, leaving the bulk of grade-based learning in the past. Students will form peer groups by interest and these interest groups will petition for specialized learning. The structure of K-12 will be fundamentally altered.

14. EDUCATION SCHOOLS THAT FAIL TO INTEGRATE TECHNOLOGY
This is actually one that could occur over the next five years. Education Schools have to realize that if they are to remain relevant, they are going to have to demand that 21st century tech integration be modeled by the very professors who are supposed to be preparing our teachers.

15. PAID/OUTSOURCED PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
No one knows your school as well as you. With the power of a PLN (professional learing networks) in their back pockets, teachers will rise up to replace peripatetic professional development gurus as the source of schoolwide professional development programs. This is already happening.

16. CURRENT CURRICULAR NORMS
There is no reason why every student needs to take however many credits in the same course of study as every other student. The root of curricular change will be the shift in middle schools to a role as foundational content providers and high schools as places for specialized learning.

17. PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE NIGHT
Ongoing parent-teacher relations in virtual reality will make parent-teacher conference nights seem quaint. Over the next ten years, parents and teachers will become closer than ever as a result of virtual communication opportunities. And parents will drive schools to become ever more tech integrated.

18. TYPICAL CAFETERIA FOOD
Nutrition information + handhelds + cost comparison = the end of $3.00 bowls of microwaved mac and cheese. At least, I so hope so.

19. OUTSOURCED GRAPHIC DESIGN AND WEB DESIGN
You need a website/brochure/promo/etc.? Well, for goodness sake just let your kids do it. By the end of the decade — in the best of schools — they will be.

20. HIGH SCHOOL ALGEBRA 1
Within the decade, it will either become the norm to teach this course in middle school or we’ll have finally woken up to the fact that there’s no reason to give algebra weight over statistics and I.T. in high school for non-math majors (and they will have all taken it in middle school anyway).

21. PAPER
In ten years’ time, schools will decrease their paper consumption by no less than 90%. And the printing industry and the copier industry and the paper industry itself will either adjust or perish.
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Beware the Google+ Experts | Spin Sucks

Beware the Google+ Experts | Spin Sucks | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Beware the Google+ experts who are trying to sell you a bill of goods while the tool is still in beta and only 24 days old. It's too early to say what it'll do.
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5 Lies Writers Believe About Editors | JeremiahTolbert.com

5 Lies Writers Believe About Editors | JeremiahTolbert.com | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
At least in the sci­ence fic­tion com­mu­nity, there’s a lot of false com­mu­nity wis­dom float­ing around about the edi­to­r­ial process.  Some of them may have been true once.  Some were prob­a­bly invented to mess with the heads of noobs.  ...
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Top 10 iPad Book Apps with Cross-Generational Appeal | The Digital Media Diet

Top 10 iPad Book Apps with Cross-Generational Appeal | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Print picture books often keep the adult reader in mind. This is also true of children’s book apps. This top 10 list takes into consideration the kinds of things that make a book app especially engaging for readers of all ages, like familiar stories or heart-warming themes. The iPad may seem like an entirely modern device, but sometimes it can actually bridge the gap between generations.

Some older readers might find the iPad book app a bit ‘strange’. If there is a doubter among your older relatives, this list might give you some ideas to introduce them to a lovely new medium. Even an iPad book can have timeless appeal. So, in honor of father’s day (and my dad who recently got his own iPad), here are some suggestions (from more than 200 reviewed books on our site) to share with grandpa (or grandma) the next time you visit with your fancy new iOS device ...
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One-pound iPad replacing pilots' 40 pounds of flight manuals - Philadelphia Inquirer

One-pound iPad replacing pilots' 40 pounds of flight manuals - Philadelphia Inquirer | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
One-pound iPad replacing pilots' 40 pounds of flight manualsPhiladelphia InquirerRather than shuffling through paper navigation charts, route maps, weather information and airport diagrams, the US Airways pilot flicked on a tablet computer, a...
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How Self-Publishing Changes the Bond Between Readers and Writers | The Passive Voice

How Self-Publishing Changes the Bond Between Readers and Writers | The Passive Voice | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Passive Guy didn't see this post by author Mary Tod on Joel Friedlander's always-excellent blog when the post first appeared. PG has an excuse. The post happened before The Passive Voice floated into his head.
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Teaching Kids about Television- A Parents Guide to Media Literacy

Teaching Kids about Television- A Parents Guide to Media Literacy | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Encouraging children to be active consumers of media can equip them with the skills to withstand the negative effects of television violence and advertising (Teaching Kids about Television- A Parents Guide to Media Literacy: Encouraging children...
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5 Reasons Self-Published Children’s Book Authors Should Create an iPad App

5 Reasons Self-Published Children’s Book Authors Should Create an iPad App | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Learn how to write, publish, and promote your own books at the Self-Publishers Online Conference...
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Top 10 iPad Books – Most Innovative Use of Interactivity | The Digital Media Diet

Top 10 iPad Books – Most Innovative Use of Interactivity | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Interactivity in iPad books is a double-edged sword. When done well, it can enhance a picture book in magical ways. When done poorly, it can distract from the story or even become more like a video game played over ‘pages’ instead of ‘levels’. So what makes for great interactivity?

Truly innovative iPad books don’t have interactive elements just for the sake of having ‘bells & whistles’, but instead integrate these elements into the app in creative ways. They tap the potential to make the reader a part of the story – providing a unique experience never available in print. Whole plot twists can be triggered with the tap of a finger. The storyline can also be nicely reinforced with subtle interactive elements like sound effects and light animation to emphasize the core elements on a page. And above all, well-done interactivity doesn’t interfere with reading comprehension. If the child can’t tell you what the story is about after replaying a book app several times, then it may mean the interactivity is more of a distraction than a way to ‘make reading fun’.

Below are my top 10 picks (from almost 200 reviews!) for interactivity that is innovative, well-integrated into the story and, of course, fun!
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Children's publishing "haemorrhaging talent" | The Bookseller

Children's publishing "haemorrhaging talent" | The Bookseller | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Book Publishing Industry News. Regular news updates from The Bookseller's news desk.
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Making the Case for Fee-based Reviews of Self-published Books

Making the Case for Fee-based Reviews of Self-published Books | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Patti Thorn, former books editor of the Rocky Mountain News, has co-founded BlueInk Review, a pay-to-play platform that reviews self-published books.
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Print Vs. Digital – Is the ebook not a ‘proper’ book? | The Digital Media Diet

Print Vs. Digital – Is the ebook not a ‘proper’ book? | The Digital Media Diet | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I have been reading articles, blog posts and chatter on Twitter about print books vs. ebooks a lot lately. In the market for children’s books, the rapid cultural shift from print to digital book apps in particular seems to have turned the world on edge. Authors, illustrators, publishers and now developers have a lot to say about this transition. Some seem to think it is a miracle, others fear it is the end of reading as we know it.

I suspect both points of view are right in some ways. From the perspective of cultural change, the fear that ‘reading as we know it’ is over would be accurate, but only because life as we know it is always ending – it always has been and it always will be – that is the nature of the human condition. We do not live in a static cultural environment. It’s an environment that is more akin to a river than a pond. The technological changes in children’s picture books sometimes feel like the cultural equivalent of white water rapids, though. But what parent would send their child downstream alone? As an adult these changes can feel threatening, foreign and even unnecessary. But as a parent, it feels like an imperative to find a good raft that will hold both children and adults safely. Staying on the shore does not feel like an option.
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A Challenge to Doubters: Do Something Impossible | MindShift

A Challenge to Doubters: Do Something Impossible | MindShift | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Make Your Own List. Make Your Own Future.

The article “21 Things That Will be Obsolete in 2020” has elicited a range of responses from readers. One describes a school where much of the predictions are already happening, while others convey serious doubt that any of these will come to fruition — whether it’s due to lack of money or dedication to education, fixation on standardized testing, or just plain jadedness about the possibility for change.

I asked the writer, Shelly Blake-Plock, to respond to the comments. Here’s his thoughtful observation.
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A mini-course on network and social network literacy

A mini-course on network and social network literacy | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Networked Publics.Its a 21st Century literacy don't you know =) @drkeevil @PascaleCB – intro @hrheingold back in 2009: http://t.co/GxclhgW...
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iPhone/iPad Book App Review The Truly Great Noodle

iPhone/iPad Book App Review The Truly Great Noodle | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
The Truly Great Noodle iPad Children's Book App Review - Detailed, Unbiased Review of Kids eBook - Screen Shots, Synopsis, Options, Install Size, # of Pages, Author, Illustrator, Developer, Version, App Release Date, Format, and Price History.
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Apple's Genius Idea: Donating Your Old iPad to Teach For America Classrooms - Education - GOOD

Apple's Genius Idea: Donating Your Old iPad to Teach For America Classrooms - Education - GOOD | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
iPads are extremely useful educational tools, so it's nice that Apple is helping to funnel used first-generation models to schools that need them.
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TOP TEN: The divide between the published and the self-published | Chazz Writes

At a recent writers’ conference, I was in grand company. I met a lot of cool people. Almost all of them were traditionally published authors. I watched them ask questions of panels of publishers, agents and editors.

Here’s what I noticed:
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BABBLING ABOUT BOOKS, AND MORE!: Guest Author Post: Julie Ortolon on How eBooks and Self-Publishing Saved Her Writing Career

BABBLING ABOUT BOOKS, AND MORE!: Guest Author Post: Julie Ortolon on How eBooks and Self-Publishing Saved Her Writing Career | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
interesting interview with @JulieOrtolon on @KingMhoFho's blog about self-publishing reviving her career http://t.co/dEgzxyK...
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Study: Apple iPad User Satisfaction Continues to Rise | The Apple iPad Fan - iPad 3 news and app reviews

Study: Apple iPad User Satisfaction Continues to Rise | The Apple iPad Fan - iPad 3 news and app reviews | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
New research from an internationally recognized authority on media tablets and e-readers from the University of Missouri reveals that iPad owners are reporting exceptionally high levels of satisfaction with user satisfaction increasing over time.
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I Education Apps Review - I Education Apps Review - Review of SpellBoard by Kathy Burdick

I Education Apps Review - I Education Apps Review - Review of SpellBoard by Kathy Burdick | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
I Education Apps Review believes devices like ITouch / IPhone / IPod have a place in education.
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Oceanhouse Media Brings Award Winning Children's Book “Leo the Lightning Bug ... - AndroidGuys

Oceanhouse Media Brings Award Winning Children's Book “Leo the Lightning Bug ... - AndroidGuys | Publishing Digital Book Apps for Kids | Scoop.it
Oceanhouse Media Brings Award Winning Children's Book “Leo the Lightning Bug ...AndroidGuysThey are the leading publishers of interactive children's book apps, such as the award winning Dr. Seuss book apps that many of us have come to love.
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InDigital | Digital Skills in Publishing

So in a world where the Kindle, the iPad and phrases like ‘multi-platform publishing’ are bandied about by those in the know, the age of digital has clearly hit the publishing world - hard.
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