children’s ebooks

Ebooks, E-Reading Devices to Top Children’s Holiday Gifts

Among the various high-tech gifts and gizmos parents are planning to buy for their children this holiday season, ebooks and e-reading devices are likely to be among the most popular, according to a new survey by PlayCollective and Digital Book World. 45% of parents surveyed said they plan to buy a new device for their...

Kobo Gives a Data Lesson

Kobo helps authors and publishers put their ebook data to use, poor UX hinders mobile e-reading, debating whether Amazon's a monopoly, Amazon ups investment in video, Lenovo pushes tablet-based e-reading in India and much more.

Writing With Pictures: The Inside Story of a Wordless Picture Book

Wordless picture books are a special sub-category of children’s books. Even digital books are going wordless. What does it take to create such rich non-verbal tales? All the drama, action and emotion are conveyed with illustrations, not words. I spoke with Anne Belov, the author/illustrator of Pandamorphosis, a new picture book available on the...

New CEO at Sesame Workshop

[Press Release] SESAME WORKSHOP APPOINTS JEFFREY DUNN AS PRESIDENT AND CEO Vincent A. Mai, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Sesame Workshop, announced today the appointment of Jeffrey D. Dunn as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sesame Workshop, effective September 29, 2014. Mr. Dunn, formerly the President and CEO of HiT Entertainment,...

Kobo Adds Exclusive Kids Content From Reading Eggs

Related: Kobo Launches Waterproof Aura H2O E-Reader [Press Release] Kobo Announces Exclusive Partnership With Reading Eggs To Help Young Readers Come Out Of Their Shell This School Year Great educational titles for young “eggsplorers” of all levels now available at the Kobo eBookstore Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced it has signed...

Digital Apps For Early Learning: A Glimpse At Kumon Publishing

Can digital tablets help children learn skills like penmanship? Can interactive apps foster appreciation for the sounds of language? Kumon Publishing North America is exploring these questions. The company that’s known for its educational learning centers has introduced two digital apps for kids. One, titled Uppercase ABC’s: Learn To Trace Letters, is a digital workbook...

20 Marketing Questions Self-Published Authors Must Answer

If you’re a self-published novelist, your line of books is your small business. Like any small business, you need a marketing strategy. There are lots of marketing activities that you can engage in to promote your book, but before you start doing any of them, take the time to think like a marketer by asking yourself...

Evolution In Storytelling: How Disney Publishing is Shaking Up Digital Books For Kids

Where are digital children’s books headed? The Digital Media team at Disney Publishing believes interactivity and reader-defined narratives are the way of the future. The line of digital apps for kids from Disney Publishing is breaking down the barriers between games, books, and movies with their line of story-infused apps. “We see the digital format as an...

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Children’s Ebook Sales Stats From Europe

Digital was the focus for many children’s publishers attending this year’s London Book Fair, and we saw a significant increase in the number of walk-ups enquiring about the Children’s ebook market with questions primarily around the size of the market, channels, formats and devices. With the explosion of tablet computers and other robust mobile...

Book Blurb as Salesperson

Your book blurb is a salesperson. The “book description” area of your online sales page (commonly called a blurb) must sell your book for you. In an online store, there’s no knowledgeable store clerk ready to offer a verbal book recommendation to browsing customers. If you’re self-publishing a novel, you need a book description that...

How to Build a Contact List to Grow a Relationship With Your Readers

The grand rule of marketing for authors is to build a relationship with your readers. But how can you build a relationship when you don’t know who’s buying your book? Amazon and Apple don’t disclose their customers’ contact information to authors, and neither do traditional bookstores. But authors can get to know their readers...

Ebook, Used Book, or New? The Choice Reflects A Range of Values

The other day I walked past a used bookstore. My eyes fell on a dog-eared paperback of Shelley’s Frankenstein. If I purchased and read the copy in the window, I wondered, would my experience be the same as it would if I downloaded it from Project Gutenberg and scrolled through the book on a computer? Perhaps the...

3 Steps to Choosing The Perfect Freelance Editor

Digital publishing allows writers everywhere to become authors. One of the most important steps in getting your work polished for self-publishing is to hire a freelance editor for conceptual feedback and line edits. You can find many freelance editors with a search engine, but how do you know which editor is right for you?...

When Kids Write Book Reviews

Between Amazon, Goodreads, Tumblr, the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, it’s not hard to find book reviews. But what about real reviews written by real readers of books for children under 13? Biblionasium, the “Goodreads” for kids, has found a way, and as of today offers the ability for...

Kobo Bulks up Children’s Section With Nickelodeon and Blue Apple

[Press Releases] Kobo Brings Favourite Nickelodeon eBooks to Readers Worldwide Top series like Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles now available at the Kobo eBookstore. Kobo, a global leader in eReading, today announced it has signed an agreement with Nickelodeon Publishing to make hundreds of favourite series and...

Why Are T-Shirts More Valuable Than Ebooks?

My brothers-in-law recently started a T-shirt sales website. Grizz Riley.com sells comfy, cool T-shirts for $25. I fully support their entrepreneurial launch. But I couldn’t help thinking about it in comparison to publishers, selling ebooks for a just couple of bucks. It struck me as odd that our society values ebooks at a fraction of...

Email Promotion Newsletters: Q and A With “The Fussy Librarian”

Email newsletters that promote digital books are one of the fastest growing methods of book marketing today. The Fussy Librarian is one of the new ebook promotion newsletters, started by Jeffrey Bruner in the fall of 2013. The newsletter has already acquired 10,300 subscribers and 1,925 authors and about 3,500 different books have been featured....

Some Differences Between Ebooks, Enhanced Ebooks, And Apps

Digital storybooks for children come in many flavors: ebooks, enhanced ebooks and apps. What’s the difference between the three? They each offer different capabilities, require different production tools, have different price points, and serve different consumer needs. Capabilities and production process of ebooks, enhanced ebooks and apps Ebooks are simplest to produce, but their capabilities...

Chick Lit Authors Give Away Bubble Bath To Promote Their Books

Authors today must run their own promotions, including raffles and giveaways. In December, chick-lit author Gale Martin ran a giveaway. Here’s a Q&A Case Study of her marketing program. Beth Bacon: Please describe your holiday promotion, what exactly what was your offer and to whom? Gale Martin: Three Booktrope “chick lit” authors—Meredith Schorr, Laura...

8 Resolutions for the Digital Book Business In 2014

The New Year is a natural time to look ahead and imagine how things could be better. Here are eight resolutions to consider for the readers of Digital Book World. I’ve listed two for each of the categories of people who read this site: two for publishers, two for indie authors, two for eBook...

BiblioNasium Aims to Be Goodreads for Kids

With about 75,000 registered users — and growing by 1,000 every week — BiblioNasium is probably the biggest digital book start-up that you’ve never heard of. It’s like Goodreads for kids with tools built in for teachers and parents to monitor and encourage reading and learning. Most of the site’s users have been signed...

Jim Carrey Jumps Into Enhanced Ebook Game

[Press Release] Jim Carrey’s Award-Winning Children’s Book, “How Roland Rolls,” Now An Enhanced E-Book Versions for E-Reader Devices Feature Abundant Special Effects, Original Music, and Character Voices How Roland Rolls , the first book by actor/artist Jim Carrey, recent winner of the 2013 Gelett-Burgess Children’s Book Award, is being released on December 17th as...

Vellum Simplifies Ebook Conversion So Authors Can Focus On Their Craft

Authors who want to create their own digital books are often frustrated when converting their manuscripts into ebooks. A Seattle software company called 180g  has created a tool, Vellum, that handles the technical ins-and-outs of building EPUB, MOBI, and iBook files—simplifying ebook conversion and giving authors more time to focus on their craft. Vellum ebook...

4 Easy Steps To An Irresistible Book Blurb

The blurb. The back-of-book description. The dust-cover copy. Whatever you call your book’s summary, it’s an important element of your marketing package. How to create a great book description? It comes down to four steps. Here is the formula: (1) Situation. Every story has to start somewhere, with some people in some sort of...

Personalized Book Reader Follows Kids As They Turn The Pages

When the words “digital” and “books” are used together, most people’s thoughts go directly to “ebooks.” But “digital” applies to imaging and audio, too. The folks at Sparkup have come up with a new use for visual and auditory technologies and created a digital device that enhances the experience of reading paper books to children. Learn...

Digital App Connects Parents And Book Info At Scholastic Book Fairs

  What publishers call “book discovery” many parents call “the struggle to find the right book” for their kids. The folks who run Scholastic Book Fairs have been thinking about this issue and addressed it with a new, free app for iPhone and iPod touch and some Android devices. Parents or students can point...