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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...

Reading Rainbow comes to iPad
June 20, 2012 | 8:00 am

readingrainbowlogo3TechCrunch has an article and an 18-minute video segment (embedded below) about the new Reading Rainbow iPad app, launched by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton’s and producer James Wolfe’s startup RRKidz. The literacy-promoting show ended its 26-year run a couple of years ago, but Burton and Wolfe didn’t stand still. Looking at TV as the technology of the eighties, they asked themselves what Reading Rainbow would have been if it had been launched today, and proceeded to make that. In building the app, the RRKidz team saw an opportunity to reach kids in a new medium....

How Harry Potter has changed children’s books, and their future
April 23, 2012 | 10:15 am

On the Horn Book, a site devoted to children’s and young adults’ books, editor in chief Roger Sutton has an editorial adapting a speech he gave a year ago at the Fay B. Kaigler Children’s Book Festival. In main, the article is about the change in children’s literature and adults’ appreciation of children’s reading habits since Harry Potter debuted in 1998. Sutton points out that The Horn Book Guide reviewed 652 novels for children in 1998 but 1,298 in 2010, twice as many. It also represented a near-doubling of the percentage of children’s books made up by fiction...

Barnes & Noble allows Amazon-published children’s books back into stores through loophole
April 5, 2012 | 2:23 am

Remember when Barnes & Noble proclaimed it would not carry any books offered by Amazon publishers (in stores—if people wanted to order them from, they would be happy to ship them) if B&N would not be able to carry the e-book versions for its Nook? At the time, I wrote: B&N is making a lot of noise, but then turning around and trying to have its cake and eat it too. I predict this principled stand will last only until Amazon comes out with a best-selling title that everyone wants to get their hands on....