Great visual stuff on Second Screen and Social TV...including these stats
There were 85 million social media comments during the 2012 Summer Olympics. 18 million "Viggle Live" questions were answered during the Olympics While the iPad market share of tablets has dropped to a "mere" 65%, it is estimated that 91% of the tablet-based web traffic comes from the iPad--giving a strong indication of where the interactivity from consumers lies. The summer season final episode of Pretty Little Liars become the most social TV episode ever with 1.6 million episode related tweets, beating American Idol's May, 2012 record GetGlue surpassed 3 million users and Viggle surpassed 1 million users 70%+ (depending on whose data you believe) of tablet owners use a 2nd screen while watching TV...astonishing!
Last summer, Digital Storytime identified 25 Top book apps for 2011, but in 2012 the market has simply exploded! This year we decided to feature the Top 50 "Best of the Best" book apps for the iPad, just in time for Back-to-School. These are all fully reviewed books, rated on our 9-point scale.
Presented in the blog, The Digital Media Diet, the list includes four sections, for ages under 3 (toddlers), ages 3-5 (preschoolers), ages 6-8 (elementary) and ages 9-12 (tweens). The list also includes some of the Best titles to come out so far in 2012, and all four lists have the top Free titles listed at the end.
"I have been so impressed (and overwhelmed) in 2012 by the sheer volume of exceptional books for kids in app form for the iPad," says Digital-Storytime co-founder, Carisa Kluver. "We even have a substantial list of over 50 titles I recommend to my own friends, all free. I often suggest this list as a great starting point for new iPad owners, teachers and parents, especially when looking to build their digital library on a budget. Prices update daily on our site, so this list is always changing."
We also want to take a moment to thank the hard-working developers and content creators who made all of this wonderful digital literature available to our children, including: Oceanhouse Media, Nosy Crow, Auryn Apps, Ruckus Media, Callaway Digital, Electric Eggplant, Triology Studios, Kiwa Media, Jelly Biscuits, DemiBooks, PicPocket Books, Mindshapes, OC Graphics, Monster Costume, Bacciz, Mythos Machine, The Melody Book, Bayard UK, 7wonderlicious, Disney Digital, Loud Crow, Tizio Publishing, Ladybird Books, Game Collage, Story WorldWide, EPIC, Slap Happy Larry, Ink Robin, Touch Press, AppBooks, Random House Digital, Winged Chariot Press, Lima Sky, Whynocerus, Agio Studios, Night & Day Studios, Duck Duck Moose, Lazoo, Frubeez, Invent-A-Tale, kid-estorybooks, Stew Leonards, AVG Tech, Fi Productions, and even San Francisco's Exploratorium Museum.
Find all of these apps on our list, sort our site by age/price/quality (and more) or download the AppStar Picks app, where most of these titles have a home. AppStar Picks is available for free in the AppStore on iTunes. AppStar Picks is a unique and innovative app that provides a smart way for parents, teachers and others to discover hundreds of the best apps for kids. All recommended apps have been thoroughly and independently reviewed by other parents and educators. Digital-Storytime is one of several trusted contributors to this app, which got its start after several reviewers met through MomsWithApps and their ParentsWithApps developer forums.
"If the digital publishing market for picture book apps continues to grow at this pace, we may need a Top 100 next summer," says Ms. Kluver, adding, "I may also need a little help getting everything reviewed!"
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On the 25th of July, a shiny iOS remake of the 8-bit classic Spy vs Spylaunched on the App Store for $1.99. The next day, the price dropped to $0.99 in a launch sale. On the 30th, it went up briefly, then developer Robots and Pencils announced that "to show our appreciation, we are extending the sale price indefinitely." It remains at $0.99 to this day.
I'm annoyed by this. Now, please note that this is not a complaint about sale pricing per se. As it happens, I bought Spy vs Spy a few hours after it launched (I'm a sucker for a well-done 8-bit remake) so I paid $2; I suppose from a miserly point of view I'm out a buck. I'm fully capable of spending seven times that for lunch without blinking, however, so I can't claim with a straight face that I'm annoyed about the money.
I'm annoyed because Robots and Pencils has just taught me a lesson:don't buy iOS games for $2+ because they'll be cheaper soon. I do not intend this to be any sort of slight against Robots and Pencils, however. If it was the only outfit doing this it wouldn't matter, but the same lesson is being taught to us all, over and over again, by many of the most successful devs in the App Store. For example, it feels like EA puts its entire back catalog on sale for $0.99 roughly every other week. Free App a Day has been enduringly popular for years. Gameloft has regular sales and giveways of its apps. And so on, and so on. It's sale pricing all the way down.
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