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A Blog Is Born

Long before School Library Journal assembled its apps advisory group in March, it was clear that our readers needed guidance in selecting the best apps for children and teens. With the help of our distinguished board–and with many hours of app viewing and evaluation behind us–we’re ready to take on that role.

So look for reviews, commentary, and news about this exciting new format that’s making it’s way onto iPads and into pockets via phones and iPods in Touch and Go on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Our focus will be on book and original story apps and enhanced books, but we plan to push those parameters as we move forward.

The reviews you read in Touch and Go will be archived in SLJ ‘s review database, along with our book and multimedia reviews. We’ll also continue to publish articles on the subject (and the industry) in our print magazine, along with twice yearly lists of our favorite apps.

In addition to reviewing apps and enhanced books, we hope to share with you some of the things we’ve learned about this burgeoning field and invite you to listen to what its movers and shakers are thinking about, struggling with, and celebrating. So, whether or not you have taken the leap and started purchasing apps for your collection, join us as we explore the dynamic world of digital publishing. And please, join in and add your comments to our posts: we’d like Touch and Go to be a conversation and we know we have much to learn by hearing about your experiences with these new formats.

Comments

  1. Congratulations on your new blog. We are publishing an Enhanced Print Book as part of the YA eco mystery series, The Adventures of Sizzling. QR codes seamlessly flow the story from the printed word on the page to video clips on the Internet to allow the reader to see and hear what the characters in the story are seeing and hearing. WOW! Just download the free QR
    Codes that can be activated with a smart phone, iPod touch, iPad 2, computer or any device with a camera and bring the book to life. To participate in the project that will distribute books free to schools, libraries please visit mediamint.net.

  2. Congratulations on your new site! I think it is imperative for parents to have review sites that can help navigate through the thousands of apps available.

    ~Melissa Northway
    Penelope the Purple Pirate storybook app