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Britain’s World Book Day sees events, promotions UK-wide
March 6, 2014 | 10:25 am

The UK's World Book Day, March 6th this year, has seen promotions, participations by organizations, related articles including travel tips, and events across Britain. According to the World Book Day site, the event is "the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world." World Book Day is generally celebrated worldwide on April 23rd; however, in the UK, it takes place on March 6th The key offering marking the event in the UK is the World Book Day £1 Book Tokens offer courtesy of...

Two-thirds of children read digital books, new study shows
January 14, 2014 | 2:25 pm

Children read digital books more and more and at a rapid pace. The Kids + E-Reading Trends 2012 to 2013 study (conducted by PlayCollective and Digital Book World) was released on Monday and showed that two-thirds of children aged 13 and under read digital books with at least 92 percent of them doing so at least once a week. The results were revealed at the Fifth Annual Digital Book World Conference & Expo in New York City. The study was done to understand the e-reading habits of children aged 2-13 with a focus on parental attitudes regarding the benefits of ebooks, according...

The Real Figures Behind Alarmist UK Children’s Reading Reports
October 4, 2013 | 12:51 pm

The Bookseller has just reported, in the context of its The Bookseller's Children's Conference currently taking place in London, some alarming figures on the reading habits - or lack of them - of children in the UK. According to The Bookseller, "'Understanding the Children's Book Consumer in the Digital Age', Nielsen Book's latest research project, has found a significant fall in the number of children who read or are read to on a weekly basis, with the proportion of occasional and non-readers among children aged under 17 now at 28%, rising from 20% in 2012." And the Nielsen Book report,...

UK Booktrust joins with Amazon “to change the culture of reading”
September 19, 2013 | 1:01 pm

The UK's Booktrust, a pro-literacy and children's reading charity in existence since the 1920s, has just announced its first Booktrust Best Book Awards in partnership with Amazon Kindle 2014, which will " seek to unearth the very best children’s books the UK has to offer, and to honour authors and illustrators who continue Britain’s proud heritage of storytelling." According to Viv Bird, Chief Executive at Booktrust, the Awards are part of a very ambitious program: "We want to change the culture of reading in this country." And what's driving this agenda? "At the moment, books are facing a battle with the...

Dr. Seuss coming to e-books, a good step in the children’s book market
September 7, 2013 | 12:00 pm

Children will soon be able to enjoy some of the most beloved books digitally. Random House Children’s Books announced Dr. Seuss classics will be published as e-books starting Sept. 24, Publishers Weekly reported. The rollout will start with 15 e-books, such as "Green Eggs and Ham" and "The Cat in the Hat." By November, 41 of Dr. Seuss’s books will get the digital treatment. According to PW, the books will preserve the original layouts and illustrations. This is good news for the children’s e-book market. Anyone who been around children knows that these books are usually a staple on a child’s bookshelves. Just yesterday,...

Back to School Week, Part 2: Where To Get E-Books for Your Kids
September 6, 2013 | 11:46 am

e-bookIn my "Back to School Week, Part 1" post, I talked about some books for parents. Today, I'm talking about books for kids. Where can you get them? The library is one obvious answer. So is the store which came with your device—Kindle, Kobo, Sony, etc.. But what if you are, like me, only purchasing DRM-free books these days? Where can you get quality stuff which is appropriate for your kids? Here are some off-the-beaten-path recommendations: 1. Public Domain Repositories Most of us already know about Project Gutenberg. But for children's books, where graphics and layout matters, The Internet Archive Children's Library is a wonderful...

Is It OK to Hate Reading to Your Children?
July 23, 2013 | 10:09 am

READINGI had to laugh at this blog post on the New York Times website where the author laments the chore of reading out loud to her son. It's not that she dislikes books, she's careful to explain—it's just that the books her son enjoys are tedious and irritating. Those Richard Scarry books particularly irk her: "In Richard Scarry’s world, there is a lot to look at, but not a lot to read, and when there’s not a lot to read, you have to make up things. I could go that route, and I probably should go that route, but since I am...

Shock, horror: Children need to enjoy reading, says Egmont UK education report
July 4, 2013 | 12:40 pm

educationIn a survey that may come as an unwelcome reminder to Michael Gove, the much-reviled UK Secretary of State for Education, leading English children's book publisher Egmont UK has found that most English teachers are crying out for the British government to foster reading for enjoyment in schools. The Reading Street: Reading and School study found that 82 percent of UK primary school teachers surveyed in its poll believe that "the government is not doing enough to encourage reading for pleasure amongst children." [Thanks to TeleRead's Chris Meadows for alerting me to this.] I have to say it really doesn't help Egmont's case that...

Fancy children’s books: Who are they for?
July 3, 2013 | 11:17 am

children's booksAs a book-devouring adult reader, e-books have changed my life. But one of the areas in which I still prefer paper is children's picture books. Once they hit chapter-book reading level, I'd happily turn a kid loose on an e-book reader, but when they still need pictures, and when the layout and typographics matter, this is one genre where paper still rules. Or ... does it? It's been a holiday weekend here in Canada (Happy Canada Day!) and we spent most of it in big-chain bookstores letting the young relative we were visiting play with the train tables that were set...

Are Bookstore Experiences the Way of the Future?
July 2, 2013 | 4:03 pm

bookstoreI've seen a flurry of articles lately documenting the increasingly shrinking quantity of shelf space in bookstores being devoted to actual books. My local Indigo has an entire level that stocks almost no books at all—it's got magazines, the Kobo kiosk, the cash desk area and a large selection of high-end housewares with a few shelves of themed books thrown in (decorating, cookbooks and garden books mostly, placed strategically with related non-book merchandise). All the actual books for reading are on the second level. Not the bookstore of my youth by any means! But is there a way to do a store like...

London’s Lion & Unicorn Bookshop closure shows rent woes of UK independent bookstore sector
June 28, 2013 | 10:17 am

The Lion & UnicornMournful reports signaled the closure of a much-loved children's independent bookshop in Southwest London's Richmond, the Lion & Unicorn Bookshop—this time, not citing competition from e-books or Amazon's online sales juggernaut, but rental rises. "It is with great regret I have to announce that after 36 years the Lion & Unicorn is to cease trading in Richmond," said Jenny Morris, owner and managing director of the Lion & Unicorn, in an announcement on the bookstore's website. "In recent years our rent has increased to the point where it is now unsustainable." The Lion & Unicorn won the Independent Bookseller of the Year...

Actor Jim Carrey to self-publish children’s book
March 27, 2013 | 10:12 am

Jim CarreySelf-publishing means anyone can put out a book—from first-time authors trying to make a name for themselves, to celebrities who have the star power necessary to move units. The next big name to jump into the self-publishing fray? Actor Jim Carrey. According to a video interview Carrey conducted with the website, Hit Fix he's publishing a children’s book titled How Roland Rolls. “It's a story about a wave named Roland," Carrey told Hit Fix, who's afraid when one day he hits the beach [that] his life is going to be over. It’s deep. He’s struck by the notion that he’s not just the wave—that he’s the...