More books than you could ever imagine under one roof! We went along on our annual trip to the bookfair at Earl’s Court in London.
From ebooks to publishers,and with representations from countries across the world we had to start with a coffee before we could even plan a route through the stands of the London Book Fair Lots of information and ways to make books and reading accessible for everyone. We met with Frances Lincoln publishers, who produce some excellent children’s books and are renowned for their leading work in diversity and culturalism.
The producers of ebooks were especially interesting and the team from California were great as they were prepared to help, ” We can do anything”. a great perspective on working life and definitely a way forward.
The stand for Australia was next to Abu Dhabi, quite a contrast, but two countries with diverse ethnic groups and attitudes, side by side. Interesting conversations on the Children’s Book Council in Australia and on the Abu Dhabi Bookfair 2011.What a joy to work with children’s books and to see just how far stories and information can spread. What better way to bring cultures and people together.
Sue Martin, Dolphin Booksellers – Bringing the best in children’s books always on line.Filed under Book events, Dolphinbooksellers | Tags: abu dhabi bookfair, childrens book council australia, education, Frances Lincoln, London Bookfair | Comment (0)
Whatever you may feel about the idea of books being downloadable, there is something amazing about accessing such a wealth of material at arms length.
We are very interested in the whole thing, but can never quite see a world without the actual book, the real printed thing, that is!
The implications for learning are phenomenal and two organisations are already on the way for producing some interactive material that will encourage all students of any age and ability.
At the London Book Fair we met with Kiwa Media . The Apps they had already loaded in their iPad were excellent, including many features,such as voicing the actual words, spelling and meanings, a range of languages too.
Handling an iPad was great, it felt like a tool that you could easily work with. The way that the touch screen operates means that it is just as intuitive as an iPhone. Even 2 year olds can work them!
New on the block is also is Nosy Crow , a brand-new independent company, creating children’s books and apps .They have number of authors and illustrators working with them and are keen to find new talent.
When the iPads make it to the market at the end of May it will be the start of the future. We don’t feel that the book will be replaced but its no good being an ostrich.
At Dolphin Booksellers we are looking to buy and finding our way into the future.Filed under Dolphinbooksellers, New titles | Tags: apps, iPads, Kiwa Media, London Bookfair, Nosy Crow | Comment (0)