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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...

Bookboard announces paid subscription model for streaming children’s books
March 25, 2013 | 10:22 am

After launching a free public beta late last year, Bookboard is ready to put itself on the market. The iPad app features a way to stream children’s books and uses incentives to unlock achievements. The company announced the start of paid subscriptions with premium features on Thursday. In addition to the already more than 300 books available, Bookboard also created partnerships with Peachtree Press and Open Road, which adds the Berenstain Bears series to the mix, among other titles. A six-month subscription costs $29.94 (or $4.99 a month). Monthly subscriptions will run $8.99, and each subscription comes with four child accounts. The subscription gives unlimited access to...

The Problem with Children’s Books: A Parent’s Perspective
February 26, 2013 | 2:04 pm

We recently had our Family Day long weekend, and the Beloved and I spent some of it at the home of his sister. She's the mother of a toddler and a newborn, and while we were visiting, the subject of books came up. I enjoyed having the opportunity to pick the brain of a parent on this particular subject. (What did this mom think were the biggest mistakes children's book publishers are making? What does she look for when she shops for her kids?) Some of her comments surprised me. 1. Children's Book Advertising Why aren't they doing this? That was her biggest...

Morning Links — E-Book Sales Are Up
February 26, 2013 | 8:49 am

Morning Links Children's and YA Revenue up Nearly 22% (Galley Cat) AAP Reports eBook Sales Up 46% in 2012 (The Digital Reader) eBooks Represent 17% of Sales At Penguin (App Newser) Librarian Cites 'Concerning' Trends in Digital Collection Development (The Digital Shift) Kindle Daily Deals: Guinness World Records 2013 (and 3 others)...

Free Webinar: The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks
January 25, 2013 | 4:38 pm

Our friends over at Digital Book World are partnering with PlayScience, a New York-based children’s entertainment and education research company, to produce a free hour-long webinar, The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks. The webinar, which will look at the e-reading habits of children aged two to 13, is scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29. [caption id="attachment_77480" align="alignright" width="180"] J. Alison Bryant, Ph.D.[/caption] According to DBW, which recently conducted a "nationally representative survey" with PlayScience, "it was found that 55% of all children aged 2-to-13 in the U.S. read ebooks." PlayScience president Dr. J. Alison Bryant, Ph.D., will...

5 Great Digital Book Apps for Kids that Truly Deliver
December 20, 2012 | 4:16 pm

  By Brian Burton With the introduction of children’s books to various app stores, countless learning opportunities are presenting themselves for you and your children.  With the moderation process on Apple’s app store being spotty at best, you want to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck.  I have read and scoured over more children’s books than you can imagine, and with the introduction of this new digital format, I was anxious to see how this platform could further heighten the storytelling experience. After a few downloads and finger slides across my iPad’s screen, I have to tell you, I...

Before the Next E-Book Surge
December 19, 2012 | 12:27 pm

  By Michael Weinstein | for Book Business As we all know, the new norm is that in the next week there will be recorded a big surge in purchases in e-book reading hardware (including tablets, which are not just for reading). This will be followed, of course, by a surge in purchases of e-books. But what about between the surges? What’s the new level of purchase? The assumption is certainly that each surge builds on itself to increase the overall level of e-book use and purchase ... is this true? Before this surge hits, I thought it would be interesting to take a look...

Amazon Turns Kindle FreeTime Into a Paid Subscription Service
December 6, 2012 | 9:22 pm

By Jeremy Hill | for Technology Tell Earlier this year, Amazon turned on a new service for its Kindle Fire HD tablets called FreeTime. FreeTime is a kid-friendly interface that allows parents to pick and choose which apps, videos and web content their kids can access. On Tuesday, Amazon announced its plans to automate the service with something it calls Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. Unlike the regular version of FreeTime, FreeTime Unlimited will cost Amazon Prime subscribers $2.99 per month for each child, or $6.99 for a family subscription. If you aren’t a Prime member, the price jumps to $4.99 and $9.99 respectively. For...