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What I read this week - Great FREE reads available on iBooks!

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First want to wish all of our readers a wonderful holiday and a safe and prosperous new year! For this installment of "What I ...." (yes, usually "played") instead of recent games I played, am instead focusing on some recent great reads I have found (via iBooks): Spinward Fringe, Turing Evolved, and Peace Warrior. All are excellent military sci-fi reads and free, so if SF is your thing then go grab them while they remain available gratis. If you like them as much as I did, then don't hesitate in supporting the authors, and buying the sequels or other works...



My Grandma Reads Me Books App Review

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Before going for this app review, I would like to convey my tribute to the man of Inventions, Steve Jobs! Hats off Steve! Let me start with My Grandma Reads Me Books, which is a fantastic app for children to promote reading, illustration, and games.  Based on the high demand for virtual books; this app definitely fits the profile as one of the top featured.  The choices and options can keep a child busy all day with an additional effect on learning the love for reading.  The main page gives all of the choices including a virtual reading of the book named after the app.  However, other options include a virtual coloring book, mazes, and even a recording technique to record your voice narrating the same book. 



Free magazine for the iPad about gaming on iOS devices

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TouchGen, a website devoted to gaming on iOS devices, has recently created a free magazine on the same topic. TouchGen Magazine is a "pilot issue" that collects 15 of their reviews over the past two years. Their forthcoming Issue 1 will have many of the features you'd expect from a newsstand gaming magazine, such as news, reviews, features, and commentary, but in an interactive format designed to make the most of the iPad reading experience. Their intention is for the magazine to continue to be free. If you're a gamer, you may want to check it out.



Goosed-Up is Hilarious and Fun!

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Here’s another children’s book app developer that got it right – Goosed Up HD is colorful, entertaining and fun. This is not a book formatted for an iPad. This is the new animated, electronic book that makes reading fun!



Audiobooks For Your Kids is easy to carry, simple to use, safe for the kids, educational, and effective!

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Looking for a way to keep your kids busy while traveling or waiting in the doctor’s office? You know, something entertaining enough to keep them busy, but also quiet? Audiobooks For Your Kids for the iPhone could be the answer.

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Misty Island Rescue - Your kids will love it!

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The developers of Misty Island did a superb job of turning this Thomas & Friends story into an iPad app. Unlike other apps where developers have cut out pieces of the original artwork and then applied some very cheesy animations to them, this app was done right.



Little Engine That Could Review

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The Little Engine That Could e-book features the original 1950’s art, but that’s about all I can say good about it. The animations are stilted and awkward, consisting of simple movements back and forth or objects flying across the screen. There is very little interactivity. All you can do is touch the images and listen to the sound effects or watch the objects wiggle.



This is what an e-book for kids should look like!

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Ayars Animation is one of my favorite app developers. Their first app, Jack in the Beanstalk, is, to me, an example of what an e-book for kids should look and act like. It is fantastic. See my review of Jack in the Beanstalk for more info.



A Traditional iPad Christmas

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It’s hard to give these two apps from XIMAD, The Twelve Days of Christmas ($1.99) and Twas The Night Before Christmas ($1.99), too much praise. 



When poodles fly

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This is a great little story for the iPad, I really appreciated the inspiration and the creativity both in the story and the illustration.  Flying Poodles, great idea!



Best iPad Books, Books for iPad

The best iPad books are always the ones that capture our imagination and induce emotions.  Whether you love to read up on Gaming on iOS Devices, teaching your kids how to read or just want to buy the best iPad books; we can help you to see what is out there.  There are innumerable books for iPad and apps that have stated to take over the digital world, so how do you choose the ones that are right for you?  

If you are a parent who loves to read to your kids or simply want your child to fall in love with reading, there are incredible apps developed for this.  Based on the high demand for virtual books; My Grandma Reads Me Books App is definitely fitting the profile as one of the top featured.  The choices and options can keep a child busy all day with an additional effect on learning the love for reading.  The main page gives all of the choices including a virtual reading of the book named after the app.  However, other options include a virtual coloring book, mazes, and even a recording technique to record your voice narrating the same book. 

Other books for iPad that may also entice your kids are Misty Island Rescue and Cozmo's Day Off.  The developers of Misty Island Rescue did a superb job of turning this Thomas & Friends story into an iPad app.  Unlike other apps where developers have cut out pieces of the original artwork and then applied some very cheesy animations to them, this app was done right.  The illustrations are beautiful and true to the original story.  The animations are unique, smooth, and very natural looking.  No cut, paste and animate here.  On every page, there's something new to entertain the reader: eyes blinking, smoke puffing, and a helicopter flying across the screen.  When the reader touches an object, he or she hears realistic sound effects such as a flock of geese honking, rocks crashing, or a foghorn blasting out a warning to the ships.

Cozmo's Day Off demonstrates that Ayars Animation knows what kids like.  It features awesome graphics, interesting sound effects and fun interactions, making it enjoyable for both children and parents.