Nation9 Launches Children’s Interactive Book Catalog
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Nation9, a next-generation, interactive publisher, announced today it has launched its initial catalog of children’s interactive titles. The company was started in late 2011 and has been working on building out its catalog of children’s titles, which span non-fiction, fairy tales and abridged classics for children ages 0-12. The titles mix interactivity, digital animation, “read to me” and read-along functionality for early readers. Titles published by Nation9 will span multiple languages, including Spanish, Russian, Mandarin and Portuguese. As of now, the majority of titles are available for the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD, but the company has plans to pursue other platforms as well.
“We believe the publishing world is undergoing a great shift and we are excited to be at the forefront of the innovation that is occurring in this space,” says Lincoln Popp, Founder and CEO of Nation9 and father of three young girls. Popp was a co-Founder of Akona Systems that was sold in 2008 to iSoftStone, a global consulting firm, where he resided for three years as a Senior Vice President. “We started Nation9 because we believe a good story can spark the imagination, create the appreciation of learning and the love of exploration. With today’s technology, we can provide experiences that transport a young reader to a far off land, put them at the helm of a story and have them interact with new ideas and new concepts in a way that is unprecedented.”
In addition to publishing its own catalog of titles, Nation9 worked closely with Amazon to create a variety of unique titles for Kindle FreeTime Unlimited— the all-you-can-eat content offering for kids ages 3-8.
“We chose Nation9 because of their passion and ability to connect with young audiences through a unique interactive experience,” says Nate Glissmeyer, Director, Amazon Kindle. “They have been instrumental in helping us create a rich catalog of content and capture the imaginations of our young audiences.”
Nation9 is building out a community of artists, writers and musicians to create a portfolio of titles that represent a global catalog of stories. The company’s community is comprised of talent from around the world, including Ukraine, Brazil, China, India and Russia. The company leverages a revenue sharing model to help teams share in the success of titles published.
“We believe there is great power in not only surfacing new stories and art from across the globe, but a real opportunity to redefine how creative teams come together absent of boundaries of geography, corporate structures or hierarchy to generate creative outcomes that continue to push our thinking,” says Popp.
The company is building out a set of tools that support a global collaboration platform where community members from around the globe can choose their own projects and form global creative teams—numerous titles are in development for a 2013 production.
The company operates out of its studio in Kirkland, WA.
Nation9 is a next-generation, interactive publisher committed to sparking young imaginations through the creation and publishing of books, music, games and educational materials. Nation9 creates high-quality, digital and interactive content that teaches you new things, introduces you to new stories and reacquaints you with old. We mix together great content, music, art, animation and story to create experiences that transport, transfix and create excitement among our young readers. Through the Nation9 community we’ve created a global community of artists, musicians and writers that believe that a good story is a great gift—that work in global teams and share in the profits of their titles. The company operates out of its studio in Kirkland, WA. More information is available at www.nation9.com