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Study: Teens, young boys reading less

Study: Teens, young boys reading less | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Tablets and eReading devices have ushered in significant changes in the world of traditional literacy, and now a new research brief from Common Sense Media paints an updated picture of just how much reading rates have dropped sharply among adolescents - and differ between girls and boys.
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Further proof that we need to give kids better reading options, in more appealing formats. 

 

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A New Digital Divide? Production Costs vs Consumer Awareness in New Media Publications for Children – Guest Post by Allison Pomenta | The Digital Media Diet

A New Digital Divide? Production Costs vs Consumer Awareness in New Media Publications for Children – Guest Post by Allison Pomenta | The Digital Media Diet | Smart Media | Scoop.it

At the Launch Kids event at Digital Book World Conference this January, I found contradictions between what people belonging to research institutions were reporting from surveys, and what the publishing sector was conveying. One of these directly pertains to digital children’s books: PlayCollective was presenting survey results indicating that parents expressed continued willingness to purchase full-price ebooks, and more acceptance of the “all you can eat” subscription model.

 

 

But judging by how the sales are moving among the younger ages (that is, excluding Young Adult books) in the US, as reported by Nielsen Books at the conference, I don’t see that being reflected in their actual buying behavior …

 

Read more at http://digitalmediadiet.com/?p=3091


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Another interesting take on the old expectation that apps should be free, this time from the digital book end of things.

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Kids and Ebooks: The Future of Digital Learning

Kids and Ebooks: The Future of Digital Learning | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Kids make up a large portion of the ebook audience. Very often when a parent buys a new device-whether a tablet, smartphone, or ereader-the previous device gets turned over to the kids.
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Random House Editorial Director on E-Books and Transmedia | Digital Book World

Random House Editorial Director on E-Books and Transmedia | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Random House editorial director and transmedia producer Tricia Pasternak discusses digital books, why much transmedia is genre, and when a book is more than just a book. (RT @DigiBookWorld: When is a book not a book?


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2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps Not to be Missed | The Digital Media Diet

2011 – The Year’s Best Digital Books for Kids – 31 Five-Star iPad Apps Not to be Missed | The Digital Media Diet | Smart Media | Scoop.it

At Digital-Storytime.com, we are celebrating our first birthday! We’d like to pay tribute to last year’s very best picture book apps for the iPad and the developers who made these reading experiences possible.

 

For the final post in our blog, I want to highlight the 31 books to receive a perfect 5-Star review on our site. With over 400 reviews, that means these apps are the cream of the crop, representing fewer than 10% of all the titles we’ve seen. We have awarded all of these developers our “Digital Storytime Star” for overall merit.

 

Since there are 31 days in January, we will be celebrating these wonderful books, one each day during the next month. Join us on our Facebook page for all the festivities to honor the 27 developers who’ve produced these fine apps for children.

 

This list is in order from oldest review to newest. The first few were reviewed in the very last days of 2010 but all were hits in 2011. And who knows what 2012 will bring?


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Disney Publishing launches social media hub

Disney Publishing launches social media hub | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Disney Publishing is delving deeper into the social media space through Disney Reads, a new promotional hub that spans Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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How Will We Read: Children's Books? | Education News

How Will We Read: Children's Books? | Education News | Smart Media | Scoop.it

C. M. Rubin interviews Karen Lotz, President of Candlewick Press, the largest independent children's publisher in the US, about the future of children's books, eReaders, and tablets.

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TouchyBooks | Home - iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone Apps. Interactive Digital books for kids

TouchyBooks | Home - iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows Phone Apps. Interactive Digital books for kids | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Great interactive books for kids on smartphones and tablets that make the learning process more perceptive and intuitive.


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"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Makes the iPad Feel Like Magic

"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Makes the iPad Feel Like Magic | Smart Media | Scoop.it
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" is on iOS and Android in a nostalgically delicious new app.
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Kids take plot into their hands in new interactive eBook

Kids take plot into their hands in new interactive eBook | Smart Media | Scoop.it
In MetaWars: Blood Nexus, a new YA eBook from UK startup Freed Fiction and author Jeff Norton, readers take control of the story and make decisions through game-like actions.
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From the screenshot, looks more like a bog-standard choose-your-own-adventure book than ''game-like'' interactions. But I just may have to see for myself...

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Two-Thirds of Kids Now Reading Digitally, New Study Shows | Digital Book World

Two-Thirds of Kids Now Reading Digitally, New Study Shows | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it
When it comes to digital reading, kids are way ahead of adults. According to a new study from children's entertainment research and consulting group PlayCollective and Digital Book World, 67% of U.S.
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''When it comes to digital reading, kids are way ahead of adults.''  Interesting and somewhat surprising, based on my own anecdotal observations in a house full to bursting with heavy-reading kids in the cited age range of 2-13.

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Modern Mythology: The Story of a Transmedia Revolution (Part 2)

Modern Mythology: The Story of a Transmedia Revolution (Part 2) | Smart Media | Scoop.it

The role of the transmedia revolution in the death of ''story-showing."

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For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World

For Reading and Learning, Kids Prefer E-Books to Print Books | Digital Book World | Smart Media | Scoop.it
A new study suggests that children prefer e-books to print books and that they retain and comprehend an equal amount of information from both print- and e-books.
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Great Book Apps Beyond Disney, Dora and Dr. Seuss

Great Book Apps Beyond Disney, Dora and Dr. Seuss | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Are you missing some of the best apps for kids?

 

With the tens of thousands of storybook apps in the App Store, it’s no wonder the Top 50 list is usually filled with familiar favorites like Disney, Dora and Dr. Seuss. But some of the most innovative and unique book apps for kids are being created by independent developers, and parents can find these gems in Digital Storytime’s “Top 10” lists.

 

“We created ‘Top 10’ lists to help parents and teachers find the best book apps based on their different needs,” says Carisa Kluver of Digital Storytime. Whether parents are looking for the most unique, the best stories for bedtime, the most original, or most interactive, we’ve put together our lists after reviewing over 500 of the top storybook apps available in the App Store.”

 

“Storybook apps have opened up a whole new world for my son, who is a reluctant reader,” said Karen Robertson, mother of two and author who turned her children’s book into an app. “When my son picked up the iPad for the first time and chose storybook apps over games, I knew digital books were something special.” 

 

“Story Book apps incorporate the senses of sight, sound and touch with reading which brings stories to life in a whole new way,” adds Carisa. “For example, the award winning book app, 'Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island' uses touch in a unique way to drive the story forward, having kids tap treasure chests to reveal adventure stories as they try to discover which one hides the gold. It’s a twist on the choose-your-adventure stories I used to love as a child, and with over 13,000 paths to the treasure, it’s got a fun game feel as well.” http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/treasure-kai-lost-gold-shark/id418289114?mt=8

 

 

“'A Fine Musician' uses sound in an enchanting way. Kids are showered with onomatopoeic words and the sounds of musical instruments as they journey through the city with a musician who’s creating a one-man band." http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/a-fine-musician/id406573790?mt=8

 

 

 

"'And The Strange & Wonderful World of Ants,' is a truly phenomenal example of an educational book app. It’s a beautiful and quirky science app for kids that uses visual interactivity I haven’t seen in a book before. And it offers a unique adjustable reading, level making it appealing to wide range of children,” she adds. http://itunes.apple.com/au/app/the-strange-wonderful-world/id404605416?mt=8

 

 

 

All of the Digital Storytime “Top 10’s” can be found here: http://digital-storytime.com/wp/?cat=15

 

 

Here are some of the most popular “Top 10 Lists:”


Top 10 Books for Reluctant and Struggling readers
Top 25 Most Essential
Top 10 iPad Books for Bedtime
Top 10 Most Read Reviews

 

With many kids out of school for the holidays, now is the perfect time to keep them reading in a fun and engaging way.


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The nuts and bolts of using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LibraryCity

The nuts and bolts of using tablet computers, e-libraries, and family literacy initiatives to encourage young children to read | LibraryCity | Smart Media | Scoop.it

My sister the retired schoolteacher came to e-books only late in life, but you’d never know it from her enthusiasm for her iPad as a reading tool. Dorothy can blow up the type, for example. She actually reads faster than before. In fact, she hopes to use e-books to help spur her grandchildren to read.

 

How can Dorothy best succeed at this? And what about parents and grandparents in low-income households without paper books and without her educational background; could similar technology work for them?

 

Imagine the benefits if Alice for the iPad and other good e-reading programs not only are accessible to the disadvantaged but also are used properly, so that toddlers and other younger children absorb words and ideas, not just get caught up in electronic bells and whistles ...


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Nook Kids sings a new tune

Nook Kids sings a new tune | Smart Media | Scoop.it
Barnes & Noble has released its first original NOOK Kids Read and Play children's book through the help of recording artist Laurie Berkner.
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Tablets tap into our intuitive side | By JASON MAGDER - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada

Tablets tap into our intuitive side | By JASON MAGDER - Breaking News, New Brunswick, Canada | Smart Media | Scoop.it
MONTREAL - There's a video that's gone viral on YouTube showing a one-year-old girl pinching a magazine cover as if it were an iPad, and grunting in disappointment when the image doesn't get larger.
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Callaway Digital Arts talks book-apps, brands and edutainment

Callaway Digital Arts talks book-apps, brands and edutainment | Smart Media | Scoop.it

New Callaway chief executive draws on his gaming background to leverage the crossover between digital books and video games.

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Educational Dr. Seuss apps head to Apple devices

Educational Dr. Seuss apps head to Apple devices | Smart Media | Scoop.it

Oceanhouse Media, Dr Seuss Enterprises and Random house bring The Cat in the Hat Learning series to cross-platform apps.

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