The evaluation of e-Books for children

Posted in: Child Blog- May 11, 2013 Comments Off

E-books are commonplace these days.

First generation readers offered a basic digital version of a printed book. The experience was similar to reading a traditional paper book, with the major difference the scrolling through pages instead of turning them over.

Today’s devices offer more possibilities.

These “enhanced” e-Books offer a completely new and different reading experience. Often bought as apps, these e-Books provide lots of choice. For example; a user can choose to have the whole book read to them, or can choose to read the book themselves. E-Book enhancements consist of a range of things, but often include listening to music that complements the story, playing story-related games, completing coloring pages, and contain video and animations.

Children find e-Books fun and engaging, and very slowly the market is growing up and providing the advanced animations that the kids are used to in this visual environment they grow up in.

The on-going discussion of electronic versus paper books for education is not relevant, when it comes to animation. Paper books cannot include video. The generation that we are raising now, has a shorter attention span and needs advanced media to keep them reading, to engage them and teach them what they need to learn.

Netdreamer Publications is coming out with a range of educational e-Books that include advanced animations, making it fun to learn. Our little characters, the Bobbekins, explore virtual planets and interact with a magical owl, guiding your child through many adventures.

Our first multimedia e-Book ‘The Medieval Farm’ is pre selling now for 10 dollars, at netdreamer.com. I suggest you have a look, and if you like what you see, take advantage of this limited, special offer.

  • We think you will enjoy our new BobbekinWorld multimedia book together with your child.  Sit down with your little one, and see if you can help your child find a balance between having fun with the images and animations, while enjoying and understanding the story. Watch the video’s, point out the words, and enjoy the storytelling by our magical owl, Janet Brightfeathers.
  • Stay present with your child and the book experience. It’s tempting to let the device do the work — read the story, play a game and interact with your child. But there’s no substitute for quality parent-child conversation. Keep talking, ask questions, explaining words and phrases, and sharing your love of literacy with your child.

Chantal Harvey – Netdreamer Publications 2013.

 

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