Sarah Towle

Sarah Towle's Time Traveler Tours combine the traditional power of storytelling with the latest in mobile technology to bring history's seminal moments to life for teens, ‘tweens and the young at heart. Narrated by characters whose actions helped shape their age, they represent an entirely new concept in digital publishing. If you’re heading to Paris this year, you won’t want to leave home without Sarah's first StoryApp iTinerary, Beware Madame la Guillotine, A Revolutionary Tour of Paris, now also available as an as interactive book for teachers and students the world over.

Three years of TOC at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Trends, topics and transformations in a market undergoing change

O’Reilly Media took its Tools of Change in Publishing Conference to Italy for the first time in 2011, teaming up with the Bologna Children’s Book Fair organizers to focus on opportunities for children’s content in digital publishing. That year the conference attracted 270 delegates from 27 countries, mostly publishers and developers. It was the first foray into the digital conversation for at least 40% of attendees. Two years and three conferences later, TOC Bologna has grown both in numbers as well as participant make-up, with authors and illustrators joining the discussion, and has spearheaded a maturing professional exchange on how the children’s sector might adapt, and thrive, in the digital landscape.

This article provides an overview of TOC’s three years at Bologna and highlights the trends, topics, and transformations currently at the forefront of a market striving to re-define itself as it heralds the future of publishing.

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