We're thrilled to be able to add a huge range of Disney titles to our Me Books, Me Comics and Me Activities (coming soon) apps. As the popularity of the Me Books range grows we're committed to growing the collection of titles to include more of the very best characters and brands across a spectrum of formats and languages.
We came across the work of Stockholm based illustrator / animator / artist Dan Berglund this morning and became instant fans.
His work shows huge variety both in terms of style and execution and it's impossible not to love the painting on glass video below.
Me Comics our new sister app to Me Books has now launched on the iTunes and Google Play app stores. The second member of our family of children's digital book apps Me Comics is a curated collection of family friendly comics for kids of all ages including My Little Pony, Transformers, The Beano and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. It is the perfect way to introduce kids to the wonderful world of comics. We've incorporated our trademark draw and record feature as well so you can even add all your own voices and sound effects so make sure you start practicing your KABOOMs now.
Increasingly evidence is emerging that tablets are not only harmless but can actually improve children's reading when used in conjunction with print books. Along with the radio interview with The National Literary Trust's Jonathan Douglas above, their recent research has been cited in numerous articles including the recent piece by Graeme Paton for The Telegraph.
It is generally accepted that tablets and screen are not harmful to children when, like anything else, used in sensible measures. This generation is the first to be raised with tablets and mobile devices from birth and it is certain that this will have an impact on how and when they experience books and reading. I've always thought that eBooks, or Me Books, provide experiences that compliment, rather than compete, with their print counterparts. Even for the same title we're confident that a Me Book is a faithful echo of the print edition adding a unique dimension. Similarly I always find the pop-up edition to feel quite different to the print original. It is this idea of the physical and digital as complimentary rather than competitive elements that underpins a lot of the work we do at Made in Me.
As far as the kids are concerned, they don't pay as much attention to formats as we grown ups do. Paper, Glass, Book, Game, Movie, Magazine, Toys... these things aren't nearly as important as the characters and stories they allow them to spend time with. They are all different shaped doors and windows into a child's imagination and as far as I'm concerned, the more the merrier.
Next week we'll be speaking at the Digital Design Conference organised by the Society of Authors. This one day event was designed specifically for authors and illustrators to find out more about new opportunities for content creators in the digital space. The event will be held in London on Wednesday 19th March and other than ourselves of course (ahem) there are some great speakers.