children’s books

Dr. Seuss coming to e-books, a good step in the children's book market

By libertyc
September 7, 2013 // 3 Comments

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 [...]

Back to School Week, Part 2: Where To Get E-Books for Your Kids

By libertyc
September 6, 2013 // 1 Comment

In 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 [...]

Is It OK to Hate Reading to Your Children?

By libertyc
July 23, 2013 // 5 Comments

I 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 [...]

Shock, horror: Children need to enjoy reading, says Egmont UK education report

By libertyc
July 4, 2013 // 2 Comments

In 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 [...]

Fancy children's books: Who are they for?

By libertyc
July 3, 2013 // 2 Comments

As 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 [...]

Are Bookstore Experiences the Way of the Future?

By libertyc
July 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’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 [...]

London's Lion & Unicorn Bookshop closure shows rent woes of UK independent bookstore sector

By libertyc
June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

Mournful 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 [...]

Actor Jim Carrey to self-publish children's book

By libertyc
March 27, 2013 // 1 Comment

Self-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 [...]

Bookboard announces paid subscription model for streaming children's books

By libertyc
March 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

The Problem with Children's Books: A Parent's Perspective

By libertyc
February 26, 2013 // 12 Comments

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 [...]

Morning Links — E-Book Sales Are Up

By libertyc
February 26, 2013 // 0 Comments

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: [...]

Free Webinar: The ABCs of Kids & Ebooks

By Dan Eldridge
January 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Reading Rainbow comes to iPad

By libertyc
June 20, 2012 // 0 Comments

TechCrunch 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 [...]

How Harry Potter has changed children’s books, and their future

By libertyc
April 23, 2012 // 1 Comment

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’ [...]

Barnes & Noble allows Amazon-published children’s books back into stores through loophole

By libertyc
April 5, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

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