Dispatches from the Digital Revolution
Judging from the all the hype over children’s book publishing at the Digital Book World event this week, here’s a special edition of Top News dedicated to the kiddos.
Children’s Publishing Goes Digital (via Shelf Awareness): Shelf Awareness covers the preconference to Digital Book World’s “Children’s Publishing Goes Digital,” sponsored by Publishers Launch at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York City. Parental attitudes, teen attitudes, and engagement opportunities were just a few topics covered in the session.
How Children Find Books (via DBW): According to a Bowker Market Research report, the number one place kids discover books (for pleasure) is the public library, followed by Amazon. But just like adults, the recommendations come from word of mouth.
Children’s Digital Market: Uncharted Terrority (via Publishers Weekly): According to a study by the Codex Group, schools are still the greatest discovery source for books for children. The category “schools, professionals (teachers, librarians, etc.), and groups” is where 28 percent of parents found out about the last book they purchased for their child.
Kids Read eBooks Twice as Much as Adults (via DBW): More than half of U.S. children are reading ebooks, more than double the proportion of adults, according to a new report from Digital Book World and PlayScience, a New York-based children’s digital research firm. Eighty-five percent read an ebook at least once a week.