We’ve just heard: Loose Strands is one of four Digital Book Awards finalists in the best app for children category. We’re super excited to be listed alongside some fantastic apps: Nosy Crow’s Jack and the Beanstalk, Bologna Ragazzi 2014 winner Love, The App, and Netflix-like kids book service Epic! High fives all around!
The “interactivity is killing narrative” debate is, well, kind of silly.
At The Children’s Bookseller’s Conference in London, book critic and author Nicolette Jones sparked a debate when she mentioned her reservations about “the kind of apps that replace a book.” (I wasn’t there, but her comments were covered in The Guardian, and in responses by publishers like Nosy Crow.) “I’ve never seen a picture book-app that does something that a book doesn’t do better,” she said.
The Book App Alliance is running a contest where five lucky winners will get a HUGE collection of book apps, and Loose Strands is among them! Enter here for your chance to win.
Two more great reviews! “Loose Strands sets the gold-standard for non-linear and user-controlled storytelling,” says Digital Storytime. “The perfect app for reluctant readers.”
We were also named to DigitalMediaDiet.com‘s “Best of the Best” list for 2014!
Loose Strands‘ first “official” review is in, and it’s a starred review on Kirkus! They called the writing “wise and witty, even Snicket-y”, the material “entrancing”, and the way we’ve blended the interactive experience into a deep narrative “truly impressive”. (Kirkus Reviews is a US-based book review publication that’s been around since the 1930s.) Read the full review here.