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ICDL Books for Children - International Children's Digital Library

ICDL Books for Children - International Children's Digital Library
  • #: 109268
  • 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 a wide assortment of beautiful languages with captivating illustrations. Meet the six Mongolian brothers in search of knowledge, the gray peacemaker cat that does something most unusual to the other cat's ears, or a version of the Three Little Pigs that you surely have never heard before.

The ICDL is brought to you on the iPhone with the kind support of the Zumobi Widget Network and the University of Maryland's Human-Computer Interaction Lab. It presents 4 beautiful books drawn from the permanent collection, two from the US, one from Palestine, and one from Mongolia – each available in English and their native language, and each using ICDL's innovative "ClearText" technology which makes each word sharper than ever before on so small a screen.

These initial 4 books will be updated over time as we offer more books from our much larger collection available at www.childrenslibrary.org. We encourage you to come back often to enjoy the fruits of this wonderful collection. The full ICDL at www.childrenslibrary.org offers readers around the world free access to thousands of exemplary children's books in almost 50 languages. Its mission is to excite and inspire young readers to become better world citizens by leveraging technology to reach underserved children who have little access to libraries. The ICDL is offered free of charge to everyone, everywhere with no advertising.

If you value the ICDL or feel some resonance with our mission, please visit us at www.childrenslibrary.org and consider supporting our work at ICDL Foundation by clicking on the red "Make a Donation" button. Your contribution of $25 will help insure that the Library keeps its doors wide open to all.

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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

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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

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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

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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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