The publishing industry is changing and more and more electronic books are becoming available. An average authors book contract now includes a portion that covers electronic rights, this is the reality of writing in today’s world. The generation of children growing up today are more computer/technology savvy than any previous generation, for obvious reasons.
Here are two sites to check out for the techno savvy children in your life.
1. Memetales– is a site where your child can:
- Read- books online
- Discover- activities and crafts
- Show Off- your creations
Here is a little more information from the site:
Read children’s books:
- Enjoy the best children’s books in the format you like – an e-book online, pdf download etc. We will add support for printed books and smartphone versions soon.
- Review the book, learn more about the author/illustrator and even connect with them!
Discover activities and crafts:
- Find and enjoy activities and crafts from some of the best parent and educator bloggers online
- Discover a wonderful community of bloggers, parents and educators who are passionate about children’s books and learning
Show off your creations:
- Share back you own finished crafts, do book reviews and so on. We can embed almost anything on the site – as long as it is safe for consumption
- Join the creative community and contribute your own songs, activities, crafts and media
I love the interactive portion of this site, and how they relate to the stories. A good example of this can be seen on the page for the story “Gypsies of the Sky” , check out the five fun weather related activities for you to do with your child.
2. Ripple Reader– is an eBook reader with a feature I love:
Here is the information from their site:
Ripple Reader is a free eBook reader for kids. Parents and other adults purchase recordable eBooks that work on both a PC or Mac. The iPad Ripple Reader app is coming soon.
eBooks on Ripple are presented full screen and in brilliant full color. Unlike adult eBooks, popular titles on Ripple are presented just like the original book with both illustrations and text.
Add more reading fun when you record the story in your own voice. Users can record themselves reading the story or invite someone else to read it. Kids can also record each page over and over and listen to both their voice and the parent or friend’s voice for each page.
By both seeing and hearing their eBooks, Ripple Reader helps kids become better readers by growing their vocabulary, improving word recognition, learning story structure and other important literacy skills.
My favorite feature is the ability to record the story with your own voice. My boys grew up listening to books on tape and sometimes I did not like the narrator they picked for the story. This feature gives you a whole new option. I can also see that this would be a great tool for children just beginning to read because you can adjust the speed of your reading to allow the child to follow along, the old books on tape sure couldn’t do that!
The jury is still out on just how big the eBook market will become, but the fact remains that eBooks are definitely here to stay and these sites are a great way to check them out.
Writing on the Sidewalk