Digital enhancements can help focus the attention of young readers on the words of a story and serve to develop this key pre-reading skill, according to a recent study by MeeGenius.
The same study suggests that reading ebooks with recorded narration may actually be slower than if the child were being read to by a parent or caregiver.
DBW Expert Publishing Blogger Beth Bacon reminds us, “we live in a highly digitized world. Electronic screens are available to children at almost every turn: their parents’ phones, their household computer, their schools’ tablets, their siblings’ game devices … the list goes on. Asking a child to avoid screens is no longer realistic for many Americans.”
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The rest of the day’s top news:
Frankfurt Re-assesses the Digital Publishing Transition (GigaOm)
Ebook discovery and pricing were significant topics at last week’s Frankfurt Book Fair. The trend in discovery is shifting to ebook subscription services and adjusting prices to accommodate local markets is likely a wise strategy for the time being.
Digital Backlist Marketing: The Infinite Shelf Life of Ebooks (DBW)
The backlist accounts for nearly half of the trade book market. And those titles present a worthwhile opportunity to frequently re-evaluate, refresh, re-launch or repeal marketing campaigns. On October 29 DBW and experts from Diversion Books will present a webcast chock-full of strategies and best practices for marketing digital backlist titles.
Indonesia To Be Honored at Frankfurt 2015 (Pub Perspectives)
Today the country is home to 1,000 book publishers, and close to 50% of the titles published there are translations. More good news: ebooks have terrific potential according to Indonesian experts.
New Digital Store Front For Entrepreneurial Authors (The Creative Penn)
Libiro is a new site from author Ben Galley that will offer “indie books by indie authors. [Intentionally excluding] traditional books because it removes the traditional competition.”
Higher Ed Libraries in England to Get Ebooks Via EBSCO (DBW)
The Southern University Purchasing Consortium has chosen to partner with EBSCO. This means that academic libraries within the SUPC will have ready access to digital titles and be able to offer them to students and researchers alike.
Carrefour to Debut New Preloaded E-Readers (DBW)
Starting today, the French bookshop is offering two e-reader models, both pre-loaded with 100 titles. Carrefour’s Nolim device and platform gives readers access to an extensive catalog of content, including 1,500 titles that are available for free download.
Publishers: Do You Own the Bragging Rights for Your Ebooks and Apps? (DBW)
The Digital Book Awards deadline has been extended—but only slightly! “We encourage all publishers and self-published authors who are proud of the stories they’ve told on some or all of the various digital platforms this year to submit them,” said David Blansfield, President of F+W Media (the parent company of DBW).
Related: Submit your innovative ebooks and apps for the 2014 Digital Book Awards here.
Digital Comics Better Than Textbooks? (Mashable)
The latest Common Core standards allow for graphic novels to be used as texts in the classroom. Accordingly, Comics Plus, a service from iVerse Media, makes comics readily available to school libraries.
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