RSS100+ Reviews … What I’ve Learned So Far

Trends – 100+ Reviews – To Narrate or Not to Narrate

Trends – 100+ Reviews – To Narrate or Not to Narrate

| April 11, 2011 | 2 Comments

This past week Digital Storytime reached the 150 mark for reviews of iPad children’s books. Of these 150 titles, the vast majority feature narration to go along with their stories. I’m often asked, “How essential is narration in the development of an ebook app?” On the surface, this seems like a simple question. But the […]

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Print Vs. Digital – Is the ebook not a ‘proper’ book?

Print Vs. Digital – Is the ebook not a ‘proper’ book?

| March 30, 2011 | 8 Comments

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 […]

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Trends – 100+ Reviews – Features

Trends – 100+ Reviews – Features

| March 20, 2011 | 4 Comments

What features should an iPad picture book have? This is a difficult question that I get asked a lot. It’s one of those questions that you can’t answer without first asking a whole series of other questions. What is the story about? What age is it aimed at? Is is meant to be read as […]

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How will iPad picture books affect young reader’s literacy?

How will iPad picture books affect young reader’s literacy?

| March 9, 2011 | 21 Comments

This post is part of a community effort to discuss literacy issues this week through “Share a Story – Shape a Future”. It’s sponsored by a group of “blogging librarians, teachers, parents, illustrators, authors, and literacy passionistas,” and represents “a collaborative venue to share ideas and celebrate everything reading has to offer our kids.” I […]

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Trends – 100+ Reviews – Price

Trends – 100+ Reviews – Price

| February 28, 2011 | 3 Comments

This post is the first in a series about trends I’ve observed in the iPad children’s picture book app market, now that I’ve thoroughly reviewed over 100 digital titles. I will be posting on this topic over the next few months, but today’s topic is: Price. I’m starting with price because I get asked about […]

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