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ICDL Books for Children - International Children's Digital Library

ICDL Books for Children - International Children's Digital Library
  • Price: free ($0.00) In Apple Store
  • Category: Books
  • Updated: 2008-11-18
  • Current Version: 1.0
  • 1.0
  • Size: 2.30 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Ben Bederson
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 2.0 or later
  • © 2008 ICDL Foundation
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The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL) brings a worldwide collection of children's books to the iPhone. The largest collection of its kind, the ICDL spans the globe with thousands of children's books from 60 countries, in….. Read more

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Rated 4/5 based on 3 customer reviews.


4/5 stars
Love the project and idea, but more space needed for content, and maybe different content

Full disclosure, I used to work at the HCIL lab that helped create this project. I like them! But I also have a 3 year old so I'm also a critical user of this app. I really like the idea, specifically use the iPhone to "read stories" as opposed to play games. This implementation is fairly good, but suffers because the iPhone is so much smaller then the books that it's trying to represent. For a little help the app needs to give the content more space by:

- hide the status bar
- hide the navigation bar, I bet kids can quickly figure out how to navigate with tapping.

I think with those changes then a story like Waldo at the Zoo would work quite well on the phone. It has lots of pictures, and not much text. But the other three stories don't work well, and I'm not sure that they can be made to work without a full relayout of the picture and text content, which is I think beyond the scope of what ICDL does. I would suggest only including stories that have minimal text that's already well integrated with the full page pictures.

5/5 stars
Has potential

The books need to be age specific or something. I like all the books, but children includes my 2 & 4 year old, who get antsy with too many words, and they turn the page too soon on the books other than Waldo.

3/5 stars
Great idea needs work

Text navigation needs work it feels choppy. The scans of pages need to be higher resolution. It's a small screen the pages should pop and text be intuitive to navigate. Kudos for including bilingual books as well as the old school three little pigs. More books! Great start, hope to see this one improve.

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