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Egmont Press thinks of the trees with ethical publishing
January 30, 2014 | 6:12 pm

I just received a paperback copy of A.A. Milne's Now We Are Six from the UK as a late sixth birthday present for my daughter. And as well as the great original E.H. Shepard illustrations, I found a round logo from the publisher, Egmont Press, stating that the company "is committed to Ethical Publishing." In other publishing contexts, ethical publishing refers to policies on plagiarism, acknowledgement of sources, etc. In Egmont's case, this is specifically about environmental awareness, workers' rights, and product safety. "We always know where the wood in our papers comes from," states the Egmont material. "It never comes from...

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...

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...