Even if you don’t write children’s chapter books, Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg’s article in the Wall Street Journal yesterday was interesting. Barnes and Noble is “launching a digital collection of more than 12,000 books under the name Nook Kids.”
Barnes and Noble is trying to reinvent itself as the leader in digital e-books for kids. To do so, it has “earmarked an estimated $140 million for new digital efforts through April 30, 2011.” Now you may be wondering how a kids’ picture or chapter book would be a big seller on the Nook. The books would be enhanced. Kids could tap a button and have the book read to them. There will be interactive features, like making things drop from the sky onscreen or tap and pop balloons on the screen.
For those of you with iPads, for which Barnes and Noble will have an app, this will work. For those of you with a Nook? You’ll probably have to buy the new color touch-screen Nook, which is expected to be announced as soon as today at an event where Barnes and Noble plans to unveil the new Nook.
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