For those of a certain age, the Encyclopaedia Britannica was the Google of our childhood -- a vast resource of information that could save the day for school projects or simply expanding our minds. But now, in a true sign of the times, the publisher is closing the books (pun intended) on the print edition.
Stylish, interactive children's book Numberlys takes place in a stark, drab world with no alphabet. Not unlike Fritz Lang’s futuristic dystopian film, Metropolis, its inhabitants are unsatisfied with their situation and set out to do “something different.” Gradually, they build all 26 letters -- with a little help from the readers.
Originally scheduled for release in early 2012 and first bumped up to November, former Time magazine managing editor Walter Isaacson’s official biography of Steve Jobs is now in stores -- and if you happened to preorder it as a Kindle title via Amazon, you might have gotten it a little early, too.
As the calendar moves from summer to fall, many of our thoughts turn to OfficeMax and their free, now-legendary ElfYourself service -- we’ve all been sent one (or more!) by a friend or family member, right? Now the creators of that clever holiday fun have turned their focus to the App Store with a free iPad only app called JibJab Jr. Books.
Hot on the heels of Walter Isaacson's biography of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs, will be a new book titled Inside Apple: How America's Most Admired - and Secretive - Company Really Works. The book, written by Adam Lashinsky of Fortune magazine, aims to shed more light onto the inner workings of Apple.
Bookpedia’s purpose is somewhat dubious. Sure, it sorts your book collection and lists information like publisher, genre, page count, and summary -- but if you own the book, it’s probably already sorted on your bookshelf and you probably don't need a synopsis.
Last July, Amazon reported that sales of e-books passed those of hardcovers. This January, e-book sales passed paperbacks. In March, brick-and-mortar bookseller Borders filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Most recently, my beloved neighborhood bookstore, Cover to Cover, called it quits after decades of serving our community as a warm and friendly source of reading and research advice, as well as a comfy haven for kids, grown-ups, and old folks alike.
In case you didn’t know, the Children’s Book Fair is underway this week in Bologna, Italy, where iOS developer FrogDogMedia has announced it’s joining forces with Germany’s zuuka! GmbH to create “the world’s largest publisher of mobile children’s entertainment.” Take that, Disney!
In a sure sign of the times, the world-famous Encyclopaedia Britannica has finally landed on iOS -- or at least part of it. The company has released the universal Britannica Concise Encyclopedia 2011, which leaves at least some of those dusty old books behind.
As every parent knows, kids can get bored quickly -- but thankfully, the iPad makes a great companion with a wide variety of choices. Yoplait Kids has joined forces with the iStoryTime line to bring kids six new storybook options for the iPad, all absolutely free for a limited time.