Nosy Crow to Release First Android Apps
Independent children’s book and app publisher Nosy Crow is pleased to announce plans to release its multi-award winning programme of storybook and game apps on the Android platform. In early November, two apps, Rounds: Franklin Frog and Pip and Posy: Fun and Games, will be available on Barnes & Noble’s US NOOK Storefront (www.nook.com) for play on the new NOOK® HD and NOOK® HD+ tablets. These same apps will be available on Barnes & Noble’s UK NOOK Storefront (www.nook.co.uk) in mid-November. Additional Nosy Crow apps will be available on NOOK® in 2013.
The NOOK editions of the two apps represent the first expansion into the Android platform for Nosy Crow, who have previously developed exclusively for iOS. For its existing apps, the company has been recognised with a Publishing Innovation Award, Junior Design Award, FutureBook Innovation Award, KAPi Award, iLounge Award, IPG Independent Publishing Award, and countless other reviews and commendations from parenting, media and technology bodies, and consumers.
“We’re very pleased to be taking our first steps into the Android market by developing our apps for the NOOK HD and NOOK HD+,” says Kate Wilson, Managing Director of Nosy Crow. “Barnes & Noble has created an ideal platform for developers like Nosy Crow, who create apps with reading and stories at their heart. Barnes & Noble understand books and book buyers and many of their NOOK customers are exactly the sort of people we have in mind when we create our apps: parents who are keen to use digital media to encourage their children to read. And they have built fantastic tablets which showcase our apps wonderfully.”
“We’re very excited about the addition of these great quality children’s apps from Nosy Crow, which look great on the high resolution displays of our new NOOK devices and will provide learning and entertainment to children and families,” says Claudia Romanini, Director, Developer Relations for NOOK Media LLC, a subsidiary of Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Rounds: Franklin Frog is the first app in an innovative new series about the life-cycles of animals, recommended for children aged 3-7. Children can participate in every stage of Franklin’s life, from birth to parenthood. The app is filled with fun facts about frogs carefully designed to inspire enthusiasm and teach young children about biology. USA Today rated Rounds: Franklin Frog with four out of four stars, saying, “It is fabulous. We can’t wait for the next one.”
Pip and Posy: Fun and Games, by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of The Gruffalo, is the companion app to the popular picture book series about the dramas of toddler life, recommended for children aged 2 and up. Filled with beautiful artwork by Scheffler and featuring an original score by BAFTA-winner Robin Beanland and lively child narration, Pip and Posy: Fun and Games brings the lovable best friends to life with lots of exciting content.
Availability and Pricing
Rounds: Franklin Frog and Pip and Posy: Fun and Games will be available in early November on the US NOOK Storefront (www.nook.com) for NOOK HD and NOOK HD+ and priced at $4.99 and $2.99 respectively. The apps will be available on the UK NOOKStorefront (www.nook.co.uk) in mid-November and priced at £2.99 for Rounds: Franklin Frog and £1.99 for Pip and Posy: Fun and Games.
About Nosy Crow
Nosy Crow is a London-based children’s book and app publisher founded in 2010 by veterans of the children’s publishing industry working who brought on board experienced electronic games developers. It published 23 books/ebooks and three apps in 2011, and will publish 36 books/ebooks and nine apps in 2012. It was named Children’s Publisher of the Year at the 2012 Independent Publishing Awards. In the U.S. and Canada, the Nosy Crow imprint is published under the umbrella of Candlewick Press. In Australia and New Zealand, Nosy Crow partners with Allen and Unwin. Nosy Crow believes in encouraging children to read for pleasure, whatever reading material and whatever reading experience they choose.