|ipad doodle c. 2010 Cynthia Jabar made with Autodesk Sketchbook Pro
HIGHLIGHTS (or lowlights depending on your Epub point of view)
*picture books are so unpopular, so many of them die a sad little death
*economic downturn a factor but parents are pressing kids to read earlier because of increasingly rigorous standardized testing
*literacy experts are quick to say picture books are not for dummies
*kids have a lot of digital options
So what do you think is happening? Did you buy a picture book this year?
A few responses to the article:
The Storybird BLOG "It's not that picture books are dead. Their production & distribution channels are dead. Just like music news and film."
One Potato BLOG "Pish, I'm off to the movies now."
I personally don't think the turn-the-pages printed picture books will die. What about the thousands of people who live in poverty and don't have a digital device.
We all need stories.
I think publishers need to INNOVATE more and follow TREND LESS. How many vampires do we need?
I think the classics keep selling because they create an emotional experience. The UI rocks!
I think there is a market correction taking place propelled by the global economic downturn.
I think the celebrity picture book for celebrity sake is ova!
I think I'm going to get a nice hot cup of tea, read a picture book then continue creating my new picture book on my ipad!
The digital or print argument is a false choice.