Put Me In The Story—Sourcebooks Announces Personalized Children’s App

Bestselling Books Starring Your Child!

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Heather Moore, Senior Publicity Manager
630.536.0553
heather.moore@sourcebooks.com

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CHICAGO – November 20, 2012—Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher, announces the immediate availability of the Put Me In The Story™ app for iPad. The next evolution in digital publishing, Put Me In The Story is an innovative children’s platform that takes nationally bestselling children’s picture books by celebrated and award-winning authors, and integrates personalization—creating personalized books that make your child the star of beloved children’s stories.

“We started with two very distinct challenges: how do we create a more meaningful bedtime reading experience for parents and their children and, as a publisher, how do we create greater impact for children’s book authors and illustrators,” says Dominique Raccah, publisher and CEO, Sourcebooks.  “With Put Me In The Story, authors are allowing readers to personalize their copyrighted, bestselling books to create the ultimate gift.”

Put Me In The Story (patent pending) will launch with three bestselling picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Dream Big, Little Pig by Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and The Night Night Book and If I Could Keep You Little by award-winning author and illustrator Marianne Richmond.  At least one new book will be added to the store each month.

Just in time for the holidays, users will also have the ability to print their personalized digital books.  Sourcebooks will work with Ingram for printing and distribution services. “Ingram is thrilled to have a role in Sourcebooks Put Me In The Story program,” said John Ingram, CEO, Ingram Content Group. “Using Ingram’s print-on-demand and distribution as the back end, Sourcebooks is bringing yet another innovative program to our fast-changing industry.”

Upon opening the app, users tap “Put Me In The Story” to instantly create a personalized book that integrates your child’s name throughout the story.  A dedication page at the front allows parents to easily personalize each book with their own photo, and includes Twitter and Facebook integration, which allows the user to share their delightful experience with friends and family.  Parents will appreciate the subtle animation (clouds move, sky changes from night to day!), interactivity, and sound effects (bubbles, dogs, crickets, and more!) that will help a child engage with the story on many levels. A child can also choose “Read to Me” or “Read by Myself,” which supports early reading and allows independent readers to explore at their own pace. 

“We know that reading with your child is something that, as a parent, you will always remember,” adds Raccah.  “Put Me In The Story is unique in that it takes bestselling picture books that children, parents, and educators already know and love, and brings your child into those stories.  For kids, seeing their name throughout the book makes them feel special and gets them excited about reading. For parents, these books create an unbelievable bond.”

The Put Me In The Story app on the iPad is available on the App Store for free.  To allow users to experience the personalization, The Night Night Book by Marianne Richmond is also free.  Additional books are available as an in-app purchase at $4.99.  Custom book orders can be placed at http://www.putmeinthestory.com/ and are priced at $29.99.

Sourcebooks is already working with other publishers to make their titles available on this new personalized children’s book platform.  If interested, please visit contact us for more information on how your content cand be part of Put Me In The Story.

For more information about Sourcebooks, its authors, and new initiatives, visit http://www.sourcebooks.com/.

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Put Me In The Story

Sourcebooks Announces Personalized Digital Picture Book Platform—Bestselling Books Starring Your Child!

Sourcebooks, a leading independent publisher, announces the immediate availability of Put Me In The Story™ app for iPad, an innovative new personalized children’s book platform that creates highly personalized editions of nationally bestselling children’s picture books. Far beyond any e-reading experience, the Put Me In The Story app will transform story time, creating an incredible connection and special moments between parent and child.

“We know that reading with your child is something that, as a parent, you will always remember,” says Dominique Raccah, CEO and publisher, Sourcebooks. “What makes Put Me In The Story unique is that it takes bestselling picture books that children, parents, and educators already know and love, and personalizes that experience. For kids, seeing their name throughout the book makes them feel special and gets them excited about reading. For parents, it creates an unbelievable bond.”

Put Me In The Story will launch with three bestselling picture books, including the New York Times bestseller Dream Big, Little Pig by Olympic gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi and The Night Night Book and If I Could Keep You Little by award-winning author and illustrator Marianne Richmond.

The Put Me In The Story app creates personalized books with the child’s name throughout each bestselling story—a captivating and magical experience for any child. A dedication page at the front allows parents to easily personalize each book with their own photo and message. In addition, Twitter and Facebook integration on the dedication page allow the user to share their delightful experience with friends and family.

Upon opening the book, users tap “Put Me In The Story” to instantly create their own personalized book. A child can also choose “Read to Me” or “Read by Myself,” which supports early reading and allows independent readers to explore at their own pace. Parents will appreciate the animation (clouds move, sky changes from night to day!), lively interactivity, and sound effects (bubbles, dogs, crickets, and more!) that will help a child engage with the story on many levels.

“We started with two very distinct challenges: how do we create a more meaningful bedtime reading experience for parents and their children and, as a publisher, how do we build a digital future for children’s book authors and illustrators,” adds Raccah. “We believe Put Me In The Story accomplishes all that, and more.”

The Put Me In The Story app on iPad is available on the App Store for free. The Night Night Book by Marianne Richmond is also free. Additional books are available as an in-app purchase at $4.99. Sourcebooks is working with several publishers to make their products available on this new personalized children’s book model. If interested, please visit http://www.putmeinthestory.com/contact-us.html.

For more information about Sourcebooks, its authors, and new initiatives, visit www.sourcebooks.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:
Heather Moore, Senior Publicity Manager
630.536.0553; heather.moore@sourcebooks.com
@sourcebooks