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Tablets are encouraging a new generation of readers by James Huggins

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.

Society of Authors - Digital Design Conference by James Huggins

The Digital Design Conference is being held at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre

The Digital Design Conference is being held at the Amnesty International Human Rights Action Centre

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.

Find out more about the Digital Design Conference here >>>

Do you develop apps for kids? Come and say hello! by James Huggins

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As any app developer knows, it can be a tough old slog getting to market and making it work commercially. We find nothing quite cures a rough day at the office / studio / bedroom quite like swapping notes with all the lovely folk in the same boat. The talented and lovely Chris O'Shea, founder of kids app developer Cowly Owl, took it upon himself to start organising a series of get togethers in London where anyone involved in the children's app space could get together, have a few drinks and share advice, stories and support. In short, it's a brilliant idea and if you go you'll pretty much see a few of the Made in Me team there.

If you'd like to join the group simply contact Chris by clicking here. We look forward to seeing you at the next one!