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Boost to Bologna Children’s Book Fair Digital Strand 2014

We’ve just arrived in sunny Bologna, Italy ahead of our Digital Masterclass this Tuesday 25th March with Pubcoder: How to Animate your Children’s Story – details are here and there’s still time to sign up if you’re at the Fair this week.

Our Digital Masterclass is just one of a great set of events programmed this year by the organisers of Bologna Book Fair extending their digital strand. Other events in the digital strand include:

Sunday 23rd March: 3pm – 6.30pm – Sala Concerto 

Generation Remix – Dust or Magic MasterClass, in association with Children’s Tech Review.

An intensive 3 hour workshop on the design of narrative driven interactive products, with case study sessions from market leaders Touch Press and Nosy Crow and a spotlight session on the 2014 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award winners, plus a discussion of key influential products in children’s interactive publishing determined by this year’s jurors for the prize.

As well as getting invaluable insight from the market leaders, delegates will leave with the tools needed to apply this knowledge and will get a copy of the handbook, Child Development 101 for the Designers of Children’s Interactive Media.

Speakers: John Cromie from Touch Press, Kate Wilson from Nosy Crow, introduced by Warren Buckleitner (Chairman of the BolognaRagazzi Digital Award and founder of Dust or Magic) and by Neal Hoskins, digital consultant for the Bologna Children’s Book Fair.

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Wednesday 26th March– 10.30-12.30 – Sala Suite, Services Centre, Block D

Story-telling and Story-selling.

Digital kids between transmedia experience and market trends in association with TISP, Editech and AIE (Associazione Italiana Editori)

As the borders between playing, reading and learning are narrowing and new forms of storytelling get in the hands of new generations, children behaviour towards digital technologies keeps evolving, affecting products, strategies and workflows.

But how? What’s the relationship between children and digital reading? Which are the trends in terms of discovery, pricing, and activities in children publishing? How do the publishing and ICT world collaborate in order to offer the most engaging, interactive and fulfilling experience possible?

The TISP project, in collaboration with Editech, aims to answer some of these questions.

The workshop will feature the results of #NatiDigitali, a survey on the relationship between children and digital reading in Italy and up-to-date trends in children books and ebooks with a particular reference to the European market from Nielsen Book.  Publishers and developers will discuss the issues and strengths of their partnerships and collaborations that have brcought digital products to market.

Speakers include: Ann Betts (Nielsen Book International), Mike Gaunt (Go Mad Kids), Irene Angelopulos (Mubo), Giulio Caperdoni (Vidiemme), Sameer Reina (Magic Box) and Elena Favilli (Timbuktu).

Free, but registration is required.

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Wednesday 26th March– 3-5pm with networking drinks to follow – Sala Suite

Bologna Digital Rights Workshop, in association with If Book Then

This session will look into the details and challenges of digital rights selling. This invitation only event will set up a Digital Rights Task Force to bring together the best minds on this subject and find solutions for the future.

With a Keynote on Digital Rights in the Global Market by Eric Huang of Made in Me, Katie McClamont will moderate a panel with Stephen Barbara (Foundry Media), Janelle Deluise (Scholastic) and Cecilia de la Campa (Writers House) looking at the opportunities and problems hidden in digital rights and licensing contracts.

Ashleigh Gardner of Wattpad will look at how teenagers are using Wattpad to produce and exchange content online and will ask do kids really need a publisher to find (and produce) amazing stories?

Workshop is by invitation only or if you’d like to attend drop us a line at: [email protected]


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