Fridays I've been sharing snippets of and links to news I've read
during the last week that I
found interesting, helpful, and/or fun.
Going forward, I'm moving this
feature to the weekend to work better with my now-more-full schedule.
week's news includes a new Scholastic/Ruckus imprint, a children's
publishing newsletter launch, iPad 3 news, an editorial against
agent-publishers, online/app safety for kids, a new property for
Penguin, and more.
Scholastic, Ruckus Media Form New Digital/Print Imprint (PW)
Children's digital developer Ruckus Media is joining with Scholastic to
create the Scholastic Ruckus imprint, a joint venture that will publish a
wide range of children's and teen content across all platforms, from
interactive content and transmedia projects to e-books, enhanced e-books
and print. The first titles from the Scholastic Ruckus imprint will be
released in 2012.
Publishing Perspectives Launches Children’s Publishing Newsletter (GalleyCat)
Publishing Perspectives, the online industry news journal, has launched its first newsletter focused on children’s publishing.
When Will Your Local Borders Close? (GalleyCat)
Wondering when your local Borders will close?
Borders Group entered liquidation this summer, closing its
remaining 399 stores and cutting around 10,700 employees. On the
bookseller’s Facebook page, you can now see a list of the closure dates
for your local Borders bookstore.
iPad 3 Rumored To Be Lighter And Pricier (eBookNewser)
Amazon is gearing up to announce a new tablet, Apple is already hard at
work on the iPad 3. According to a report from Apple Insider, the third
generation iPad will be slimmer and lighter, and possibly more
Apps, social networks pose new threat to kids (USA Today)
The Federal Trade Commission
last month announced a $50,000 settlement with app maker W3 Innovations
for collecting and dispersing information of kids under 13 in violation
of the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act, or COPPA.
Links Shared On Twitter Last Half As Long As YouTube (AllTwitter)
The folks at bit.ly,
the popular URL shortener service, asked themselves just how long a
link shared on a social network “lives”. And they found out that links
shared on Twitter lasted only half as long as links shared on YouTube.
An Argument Against Agent-Publishers (PubPerspectives)
Nearly two thousand years ago, Plutarch wrote of a great ship that bore
Theseus home from Crete. As its planks decayed, the plucky Athenians
preserved it by replacing each rotting board in turn, until eventually
nothing was left of the original vessel. Was it then the same ship?
Plutarch asked. Or was it something wholly new?
Small Potatoes for Penguin (PW)
Penguin USA has acquired the license for Little Airplane Productions’ Small Potatoes
a preschool-targeted series of animated musical shorts. The series has
taken off on Facebook and debuted on U.S. television September 6, on
Disney Channel’s Disney Junior block. Penguin Young Readers Group’s
Grosset & Dunlap division will publish a series of at least 10 books
starting in early 2013, with Little Airplane handling the writing and
design. The launch list will include a sticker book, an 8x8 and a board