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Capstone Young Readers Launches the CapReader App

BatmanCapstone Young Readers has released a new eBook program called CapReader.

All of the digital books available through this app contains enhanced features such as read-along audio and text highlighting. According to the press release, the initial launch allows users to access a library 1,100 eBooks.

The titles represent a wide array of genres including toddler books, picture books, chapter books, fiction books, graphic novels, and nonfiction books. In honor of the 75th anniversary of the Batman comic series, every download of the CapReader app comes with a free special edition of Batman: Prisoner of the Penguin.

HarperCollins Releases the ’1D Official Book’ Companion App

One DirectionHarperCollins hired Re:Systems to design and develop a companion application for the One Direction autobiography, Who We Are. The publisher released the app on September 24th; the book came out on October 7th.

This free app, available for both iOS and Android devices, allows fans of this popular boy band to interact with the book. It has been downloaded more than 60,000 times within the last two weeks.

Here’s more from The Drum: “Using the app, built for iOS and Android mobile devices, 1D fans can activate hidden, never-before-seen content by placing their mobile device over motifs and photographs within the book, as illustrated by the band’s welcome in-app video. This includes exclusive access to photos, videos, interviews, intimate clips from the band’s first audiobook and quiz questions, fed into the app throughout the year via the CMS. Points are collected as users answer quiz questions correctly, allowing hidden content, or ‘fan extras,’ to be unlocked.”

Scholastic Debuts App to Stir Discussions Between Parents & Kids

image001Scholastic Parent & Child magazine has released a new ad-supported mobile app called KidQ, which is designed as a conversation starter for parents and kids.

The app poses a number of questions such as: Why is the sky blue? Why do we say “ears” of corn? How does your brain talk to your body. The app then gives answers with explanations which readers are encouraged to discuss. Using the app, parents can share their kid’s cute responses via Twitter and Facebook.

The app is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Evernote Now Lets Users Create eBooks

evernote304The popular note taking app Evernote has a new feature that lets users produce an eBook or PDF directly from the app.

The new tool comes as part of an integration with self-publishing platform FastPencil. Users can publish a group of notes from Evernote or their entire notebook by importing the pages into FastPencil’s self-publishing platform from within the Evernote app. There is an option to edit, collate, format and create a table of contents. Once the files are ready, a writer can publish them on the web or in print through FastPencil’s partnership with Gung-Ho.

Users can also use FastPencil’s distribution network which includes Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kindle, iPad, Sony eReaders and Ingram to self-publish their titles.

App Update Brings Audible Audiobooks to Kindle

kindleappaudioAmazon has updated its Kindle app for iOS devices bringing integration with Audible audiobooks.

The app now allows readers to access more than 45,000 Kindle/Audile.com book pairs from directly within the Kindle app.  Previously a reader would have to launch the Audible.com app in order to listen tothe audiobook.

Whispersync for Voice now automatically syncs a reader’s progress between reading progress between the Audible and Kindle versions of a book. In addition, the app now allows users to read and listen to a Kindle book at the same time.

The Version 4.3 update also brings with it the ability for  students to search for terms in X-Ray for textbooks and then tap a page thumbnail in the X-Ray feature to find the term highlighted in the page of the book.

Julia Child Stars in Interactive Comic Book App

FFJuliaChildBluewater Productions has created an app edition of the Female Force: Julia Child comic book.

After the original print version of this biographical comic had sold out, the publisher used Authorly to transform it into an interactive app. The price for this app has been set at $2.99; readers can download it from iTunes, Google Play, or the Amazon Appstore.

Here’s more from the press release: “Click on ‘audio hotspots’ to hear sound effects play and swipe to navigate through Child’s journey toward being a chef. Authorly apps include features such as narration, word-by-word highlighted text, audio and video hotspots, basic animation and movements, sound effects and background music, and more!”

Six-Word Memoirs Twitter Festival Kicks Off This Week

Six-Word-Fest-2014-Ad--300x300On Wednesday June 4th, Smith Magazine will sponsor the summer edition of the Six-Word Twitter Festival. The theme for this event will be to share “The Best Advice in Six Words.” The event will kick off on live on WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show on Wednesday.

Share your six-word advice at this link. The event will include contributions from: Maria Shriver, George Takei, Rob Delaney, Molly Ringwald, Rick Springfield, Piper Kerman, Katherine Schwarzenegger, Jenny Mollen, Jason Biggs and Judge Alex. In addition, Sesame Street, BabyCenter and WNYC are encouraging their audiences to share their six word bits of advice via Twitter.

Here’s more about the event: “From June 4-6, celebrities in film and TV, comedy, writing, music, parenting, lifestyle, and social justice will pose prompts to their combined 5 million Twitter followers challenging them to respond and ‘say it in six.’ The best responses as determined by celebrity judges will be retweeted and announced on SixWordMemoirs.com—as well as be included in a new book of Six-Word Advicepublishing in Fall 2015 from St. Martin’s Press.”

‘The Butterfly Attack’ Graphic Novel App

butterflyattackGerman eBook company Bastei Luebbe GmbH & Co. KG has created a graphic novel in the form of an app called The Butterfly Attack. The app is part of the Netwars project, a multimedia experience that uses fictional characters to explore the threat of digital warfare. Here is more about the story:

The near future: Europe’s top military officers employ a team of elite hackers. By order of the EU, they conduct a secret cross-border cyber war exercise. But what starts out as a simulation suddenly becomes deadly serious. The story is anything but science fiction. The scenario is alarmingly real. The digital war affects every one of us, and it’s happening right now.

The app uses parallax technology, motion sensors and 3D animations to make the story interactive. For instance, the reader can get inside the machines that the main characters use. There are hidden clues throughout the story which link to external content to help inform the story. This includes articles about the real events and science that helped inspire the story.

The book is available for both iOS and Android devices. Follow this link to check out a trailer for the story.

Scribd Adds Highlighting Feature to Apps

scribdappScribd has updated their iOS and Android mobile apps with a new feature that lets readers highlight their favorite passages.

The update allow a reader to mark up the pages of an eBook the same way they might mark up the pages of a print book. The tool allows readers to share their highlighted passages with friends.

In addition to the highlighting feature, Scribd’s latest app update also includes a note taking tool that lets users write down notes as they read. Another new addition includes a Zoom feature that allows readers to zoom in on maps and other illustrations within the app.

Berenstain Bears’ App Comes Out in Time For Mother’s Day

weloveourmomOceanhouse Media has released a Berenstain Bears iPhone app in time for Mother’s Day.

We Love Our Mom! is designed for 4-8 year olds. The interactive app includes tools to help teach vocabulary, as well as a feature that lets readers record their own narration.

Check it out: “Join the Berenstain Bears in this interactive book app as Brother and Sister bear look for the perfect present to get Mama for Mother’s Day. Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. What can the cubs possibly do to show their mom how much they love her on this special day?”

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