Bookboard Streams Kids' Books to the iPad; But Are E-books Good For Your ...
Bookboard is a new digital subscription service that streams children’s books to the iPad.
My boys and I have been testing it for about a month. Bookboard provides us with a steady supply of new storybooks at bedtime. It employs gamification elements to keep my seven year old son motivated to keep reading on his own. And it has caused me to reflect on the experience of reading to my kids on a tablet.
I’ve often wondered how my kids think about books. Both the digital book and the print book have always been a normal part of their bedtime routine. Those familiar arguments from e-book critics about the visceral experience of paper–the coarseness of wood pulp against one’s fingertips, the scent of library stacks–would seem utterly nonsensical to them. It is not a choice between print or e-books. My boys have always had both.
We read bedtime stories on the nook simple touch as often as we read from paper. We paged through the Percy Jackson series on a first generation Kindle. And now, using the Bookboard app, we devour both picture books and chapter books on the iPad Mini.
Bookboard is more a Netflix-like service than it is an iOS app. After signing up at Bookboard.com , you download the app to your iPad. The first few books are free. After you’ve read a few all the way through, you unlock more. In order to keep unlocking books, you’ll have to subscribe to the service ($8.99 per month, or $29.94 for 6 months).
“Post Classic”: The Washington Post integrates its print edition into a new ...
What if you had an old-school newspaper newsroom where the digital producers were at the core of the operation, and the task of putting together the print newspaper was the side job?
The Washington Post’s Cory Haik , executive producer for digital news, says that’s “exactly what we are trying to do,” with the new iPad app the paper launched Monday as a step in that “one web” direction. (Disclosure: I freelance regularly for the Post.)
But the Post is also trying to find ways to bring along less digitally oriented readers. The new app includes a print replica edition — so you can still read the daily paper in its entirety from A1 to the back page — but with the display of each story still optimized for the tablet, rather than frozen in awkwardly static PDFs or in ungainly digital presentations. (The replica includes puzzles, comics, and Sunday magazine, plus a 14-day archive so you can dig back into recently published material.) Plenty of newspapers offer a replica edition for the iPad, but most are separate from their “traditional” iPad apps. (Can we say “traditional iPad app” yet?)