Monday, 4 April 2011

Moms With Apps

 Had a great meeting with Lorraine Ackemann from Moms With Apps after 
her talk at the TOC Conference in Bologna. 
Moms With Apps is a collaborative group of family-friendly developers 
seeking to promote quality apps for kids and families. 
I showed her our new Rockpool App, and she liked it very much.
Lorraine was very interested to know why we'd done this and what our aims were.
I explained that the new Rockpool App means that strong storytelling 
and quality illustration can now be enjoyed with an added dimension 
as they come to life with vision, sound and interactivity. 
Children love to explore the pages with their fingers and thumbs 
as the stories are narrated to them.

The Rockpool App

Rockpool Children´s Books has launched its own branded App at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Available from the iTunes App Store, Rockpool, a leading publishers of Children´s Picture Books with an International reputation, is making selected children´s book titles available for download.

Stuart Trotter – Director of Rockpool, and Illustrator, also known for illustrating the Rupert Bear annual, and appearing on the BBC for Rupert´s 90th anniversary, continues to produce Children´s Picture Books to an amazing standard. Rockpool Children's Books nurtures new and established talent and uses high production values to create inspiring, inventive, well designed, children's books that can be enjoyed by all ages.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

2011 Bologna Children's Book Fair

 Last week Rockpool Children's Books attended its 
sixth Bologna Children´s Book Fair. 
We had an excellent fair, and as usual, welcomed potential customers/clients 
from all over the world. We didn’t exhibit in our conventional way, 
but joined the UK Publishers Association Collective stand. 
With the support of Gloria Bailey and Helen Brown, from the PA, 
it was an enjoyable experience, 
and we may be back next year, if all is well. A big thank you to them. 
Also I’d like to thank Mark from GBH for delivering our books 
safe and sound to Bologna for the sixth year running.

This year has seen a major development in Rockpool Children’s Books 
as it’s Rockpool App became available on iTunes three days before the fair. 
Created by App developers Fingers’n’Thumbs in collaboration with  
Rockpool Children’s Books
 the App is unique as it’s a  Rockpool App Bookshop 
containing 10 enhanced e-book readers from our back list
and one fabulous brand new title from Sam Walshaw, Neandersmall


I attended the Tools of Change conference in Bologna 
which addressed the digital world of Apps, e-books, tablets, Apple and Android. 
The conference was very interesting with light being shed 
on this very new and fluid side of the industry. 
Whilst at the fair, information passed back and forth to the Fingers’n’Thumbs team 
in the UK, only to be told, as the conference came to a close, 
that our Rockpool App had gone to number one 
in Apples App Store ‘New and Noteworthy’
Needless to say, interest in Rockpool’s App from publishers 
at the fair has been extremely strong. 
Follow up meetings will take place at the London Book Fair 11th – 12th April
We still have a few slots available, but going fast, 
so if you’re interested in us developing you high quality, 
cost effective App, contact us quick.