The leitmotif for this year’s AFCC was ‘Connecting with Connected Kids.’ And hence a significant part of the discourse and dialogue was dedicated to exploring how technology is changing the way kids are reading, learning and socialising; and the way publishing and the media landscape are responding to these developments. Buzzwords at this year’s conference were apps and transmedia content and collaboration, and the mood was decidedly digital.
Chris Cheng, a prolific Australian children’s writer, demonstrated how self-publishing tools, social media and new media have empowered tech-savvy and enterprising writers and illustrators to publish, collaborate and experiment. Chris negotiates licensing rights to his work separately for different platforms. He makes his content available in English, Spanish and Chinese, the three most popular languages in the app space.
- Amazon declaring that it has sold more ebooks than printed books
- Kindle sales touching 12 mn units
- iPad sales crossing 15 mn, with over 350,000 apps listed on iTunes
- ePub 3.0 that allows standardised publishing of picture books
- Google e-bookstore’s promise to offer 3000 titles free
- Google’s challenge to Amazon’s 9.99 USD pricing policy for ebooks.