ICDL Books for Children - International Children's Digital Library
By 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.
Worthy project but waiting for facelift
I really got excited about the app and about having children stories on the go, but in practice, the app is not as good as it has the potential to become. Mere (poor) scans of the originals are too analog for the iPhone . Here are a few suggestions, for which I'd even be willing to have the app not be free anymore, that apply to all books except "Waldo at the Zoo", which I think works well:
- more books
- better image resolution
- more intuitive text. (The pop up text, though not necessarily a bad idea in itself, is quite a turn off in children books.)
- more language choices, manageable in the app settings, and/or through a language menu accessible from the books themselves, maybe through a small flag icon or something similar
- possibility to zoom in on picture details and text
- possibilty to bookmark favorite books
- narration in multiple languages
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.
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.