Author Sean Cummings has started a Facebook group with a practical way to save publishing. Cummings theorized that the industry could be salvaged if everyone made a habit of reading ten minutes before bedtime.
Here’s more information about the Facebook group: “If you’re reading this, we’re asking you to shut off the TV and computer, put away the Blackberry and iPhone, crawl into bed and spend ten minutes a night reading a book – just ten short minutes. Read what you like.”
What do you think? As of this writing, 62 Facebook users have hit the “like” button on the page. The author is also working on an official website.
Have you ever done a funny voice for Sam I Am in Dr. Seuss‘ Green Eggs & Ham? Have you acted our scenes in your pajamas from Maurice Sendak‘s Where the Wild Things Are? The storytelling app A Story Before Bed will extend this bedtime ritual for military service overseas–offering 100,000 free story recordings for our troops.
Using the iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad app, military service people can produce videos of themselves reading a story to their children. The company has already given away 3,400 recordings to our troops. Earlier this year, we interviewed A Story Before Bed founder Hillel Cooperman about his iPad app. The video embedded above introduces the project.
Here’s more about the project: “The team behind A Story Before Bed is dedicated to connecting children with parents, grandparents, and loved ones through reading. And we’re especially dedicated to connecting families and loved ones who can’t always be together. When parents give up seeing their children for weeks or months at a time in the service of their country, we want to do our small part. Parents who are members of one of the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces who are deploying or already deployed away from their children for any amount of time are eligible to sign up for free recordings from A Story Before Bed.”