Category Archives: kids’ books

The PW Morning Report: Monday, June 6, 2011

Calvin Reid -- June 6th, 2011

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Fire Sale. Bankrupt Borders attracts bidders.

Hold on a second. PW’s Shelftalker blogger responds to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s controversial “Darkness Too Visible” essay in the Wall Street Journal.

In Defense. Novelist Janice Harayda offers a defense of  Gurdon’s controversial attack on dark, grim Young Adult fiction.

Raising kids; reading books. Novelist and dad Christopher John Farley looks at the Gurdon controversy and his own young son’s reading.

Steve Jobs 2.0. A forthcoming Jobs biography shoots up the list on Amazon’s business book preorders.

Have I got a book for you. Despite a tough economy and e-books, Books & Books, Mitchell Kaplan’s 7-store Florida chain, just keeps growing.

A brand new bundle. As part of its reboot/digital strategy, DC Comics announces bundling of print and digitial comics ($4.99) and new pricing strategy (digital price drops after 4 weeks).

The PW Morning Report: Friday, May 27, 2011

Calvin Reid -- May 27th, 2011

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Teen YA Lit Monster Mashup. It’s all about mixing chills, thrills, adventure, and romance at BEA’s YA Buzz Panel.

Politics and Superheroes. What’s Superman’s position on the death penalty?

Robot Librarians! Robots take over the University of Chicago’s new $81 million Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, sort of.

Book City USA. Amazon Ranks the most literate cities in the U.S.

King Kindle. Despite Agency Model, the Kindle leads the pack in titles, readers and sales, while the iBookstore brings up the rear.

Google and the Future of Everything. Google Talks at BEA; people listen.

The PW Morning Report: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- May 4th, 2011

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E-Readers Fail in Education: Fast Company notes that e-readers are still not quite ready for campus.

Cast in ‘The Host’: Saoirse Ronan has been cast in an upcoming film adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host. From EW.

Meet Albert Brooks: The NYT talks to comedian turned novelist Albert Brooks.

Killer Kids Books: Waterstone’s made the big error of including Stuart MacBride’s Sawbones, a violent thriller, in its kids’ catalog.

Foot Sign: Salon looks at a podiatrist sign that’s become a literary icon in the works of Lethem and Foster Wallace.

E-Book Price Controls in France: The SF Chronicle editorializes on a new policy in France to control the price of e-books.

The PW Morning Report: Friday, March 25, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- March 25th, 2011

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Sendak Is Back: The author of Where the Wild Things Are has a new book coming, about a partying pig. From the WSJ.

Hocking Signs with Traditional Publisher: Self-publishing phenomenon Amanda Hocking has signed with St. Martin’s. From the Minniapolis Star-Tribune..

Copyediting Harry Potter: The copyeditor who worked on the last three potter books talks about the experience. From the State-Journal Register.

Publishers Wary of Borders: The Detroit News says publishers are now so wary of Borders that they’re becoming an obstacle to its revival.

Elizabeth Taylor Biographies in England: UK publishers are racing to get them out. From the Independant.

Mary Higgins Clark Profiled: The WSJ offers a long piece on the author, who, at 83, still writes at least a book a year.

The PW Morning Report: Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- January 25th, 2011

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Nook!: Personal Finance Bulletin analyzes how Nook is key to B&N’s success.

Apple’s In-App Purchase Clause: Apple’s In-App purchase clause may threaten e-book apps on iOS devices, according to TeleRead.

More Children’s Apps: Wired’s Geek Dad says the second Wave of iOS kids apps is coming!

E-Books in India: Reuters looks at the burgeoning e-book biz in India.

An Author on Indie Booksellers: Author Teyari Jones sounds off on why she’s committed to indies now more than ever.

The PW Morning Report: Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

Craig Morgan Teicher -- January 19th, 2011

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The Upside of Ugly Fonts: At Salon, Laura Miller examines the benefits in terms of reading comprehension of ugly fonts.

Father & Son: Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez are collaborating on a memoir to be pub’d by Free Press in time for Father’s Day. From USA Today.

Look at Vook: The WSJ takes a look at the poineering video-book app developer.

E-Books At Any Length: A new startup venture plans to bring short NF pieces to digital readers near you. From Fast Company.

No Comment: That’s what Simon & Schuster is asking writers to say if asked whether they wrote the anonymous Obama novel, though not everyone is complying. From the NYT.

Winnie the Cute: Watch an adorable French girl recount the plot of a Winnie the Pooh story. From HuffPo.

Disney Delivers 1 Million iOS E-Book Apps

Craig Morgan Teicher -- January 7th, 2011

Disney must be happy about Apple. According to TUAW, Disney has delivered over 1 million e-book apps on Apple’s iOS platform (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad). That’s a lot of copies of Toy Story Read-Along and Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics.

The Monster at the End of This iPad

Craig Morgan Teicher -- December 22nd, 2010

Sesame Street’s classic kids’ book, The Monster at the End of This Book, has been released as an iPad app. For a mere $.99, you can join Grover as he tries to prevent you, the reader, from turning page after page and nearing the book’s conclusion, where a monster is rumored to lurk. This iPad release is part of a celebration of the book’s 40th anniversary in 2011.  It’s Sesame Street’s best-selling trade book.

If you’ve ever been or had a kid, you already know and love this excellently self-conscious book with adorable drawings. The iPad version adds sound effects and Grover’s cute little voice.

Sesame Workshop teamed up with Callaway Digital Arts to create this iPad app.

[Via eBookNewser]

The ‘Books for Cwistmas?!’ Kid: Nightmare or Not?

Craig Morgan Teicher -- December 22nd, 2010

You probably saw the video below sometime in the last couple of days: it’s the one with the cute 3-year-old seated on the floor amongst freshly unwrapped Christmas booty–a Nintendo Wii towers beside him–as he ravenously unwraps yet another package only to find beneath the paper, much to his dismay, books!  Watch as he throws aside one book after another in the hopes of finding–what?  A Nintendo DS or iPad cleverly hidden between the terrible tomes?  Of course, he’s adorable, and incredibly articulate for a 3-year-old.  And once he gets his little performance going–he stands up and delivers his lines (“I don’t get books for Cwistsmas!…I hate it!”) with all the panache of a seasoned stand-up.

So here’s today’s question: is this video a nightmare in which short-attention-span culture has triumphed over education?  Have these parents does some horrible mis-educating of their poor son, somehow training him to believe that books and fun live far apart, on opposite islands, separated by an ocean of work?  Or is this totally harmless and just a really cute (and articulate, mind you) kid showing us just how fun YouTube can be?  Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

Here’s that video again:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Partners with Oceanhouse Media for E-book Apps

Craig Morgan Teicher -- December 14th, 2010

Oceanhouse media, the developer responsible for the Dr. Seuss iOS e-book apps, has a new partner, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Today, Oceanhouse brings two of HMH’s Tacky the Penguin books to iPhone and iPad. The two titles are Tacky the Penguin and Tacky’s Christmas by Helen Lester, both of which cost $2.99. Both books feature Tacky, an unusual penguin whose way of life is repeatedly threatened by penguin hunters.

Oceanhouse Media’s platform, which features simple but meaningful enhancements, seems to appeal strongly to children’s publishers who want to preserve the basic book reading experience while also taking advantage of what iOS has to offer.