Book app signing and other tales at the Children’s books Fair in Montreuil (Paris)

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a small swarm of kids around Dominique Maes

So, we’re finally back from the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse SeineSaintDenis , one of the major children’s books fair in France. We had a stand for the very first time there and got an amazing experience. We had some lovely encounters with children, parents, teachers, librarians and other professionals.

Dominique Maes himself enjoyed spending time on our small stand! We have pictures of him surrounded by a small swarm of kids that depict it much better than I could do with words. It was really sweet.

We observed a few boys READING the book. I use capital letters here because how many times have I read here and there that boys don’t read, don’t like reading?! Countless! Well, one of them came to us, his cap strongly screwed on his head. He declined my offer to use headphones and started reading “All my Love (for You)”. After quite a few minutes, his head slowly came up. He was grinning like he had discovered something huge and told me in a whisper “oh, it’s a love story”. I could hardly say much more and start dissecting all the treasures hidden in the book.

Boy reading an ebook - All my Love (for You) by Dominique Maes - Paris Children's books fair 2013 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Digital reading!

We actually had both boys and girls from different ages (app. 5 to 10 years-old) who immersed themselves completely in the book and “came back”, taking off the headphones, with a dreamy smile on their lips.

We also used multi headphone splitters for the first time and saw parents sharing the book app with their child in this crowded environment. This was really magic! We simply didn’t think of taking pictures. Yes, sometimes you feel like it’s a private moment. A private moment in a public space that doesn’t necessarily need to be witnessed by strangers on the internet 😉

In addition, we also had very promising, fruitful discussions with a few artists and publishers. No doubts, we could feel a slow change of minds towards digital books. Artists and publishers who used to be strongly averse to digital publishing eyed Dominique Maes’ book app with great interest.

Last but not least… as suggested in the title, we’ve tested book signing within the app… well, how to describe this?! We had shot a small video prior to the fair, which you can watch on youtube if you want a snapshot of it.

Only Dominique can edit the page enabling the book signing by using three fingerprints and a secret password that only he and the developer know. Yes indeed, they didn’t put me (e.g. the publisher) in the confidence, the rascals!

Then, he can add one of the stamps designed for the occasion and sign the book with a stylus. The stroke probably is a little uncertain now but give him a few months to feel as confident as British artist David Hockney 😉

Digital book signing - Dominique Maes - All my Love (for You) - book app available on the App Store toute-premiere-dedicace-num copy

Roger! Our small LSO‬ (Landing Signal Officer) is ready for takeoff

Have you updated the app’s latest version 1.6?

We have recently added long-awaited page 14. Our little plane awaits you to fly in the clouds. No need to avoid them here. On contrary.

Oh, and don’t panic if you do loopings. Our developer found it fun to let the little aircraft fly upside down from time to time… Never fight dreams of little boys 😉

Broom broom… can you hear the low sounds of the old diesel engine? Just wait for the green lights and take off for a dreamy journey.
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Head in the clouds!

To quote J. R. R. Tolkien, “not all who wander are lost” – and, that’s our feeling today after wandering on Pinterest.

Indeed, we found there a small jewel: i.e. a mobile DIY which looks a lot like one of Dominique Maes’ illustrations that can be found in our kids app  “All my Love (for You)”.

Pinterest, flicker, clouds, mobile, DIY, cotton, dream, poetic

To visit and follow us on Pinterest:
♦ Dominique Maes : http://pinterest.com/dominiquemaes
♦ CotCotCot-apps.com :http://pinterest.com/cotcotcotapps
NB: please advise if you know the name of the person we should credit. As often on Pinterest, this was pinned without mention of the author.

Save 50% on our book app – All my Love (for You) – with this one-off Father’s Day offer!

The critically acclaimed book app for kids “All my Love (for You)” is just the perfect app to share with Dad on Father’s Day!

It’s thus our great pleasure to offer you this one time promotion to celebrate dads in June.

The app will be exceptionally priced at $2.99 instead of $5.99 until June 20.

Father's Day special offer: 50% retail price drop on the kids app "All my Love (for You)"

Father’s Day special offer: 50% retail price drop on the kids app “All my Love (for You)”

The book is written and illustrated by Dominique Maes, seasoned Belgian author-illustrator of children’s literature, who offers here an intimate and moving narrative investigating the many different ways a parent could express love for his child.

We hope you enjoy this digital exploration of parental emotion as much as we do!

Kurt Feldner, the voice talent behind the American version of All my Love (for You)

Let us introduce you to Kurt Feldner, the voice talent behind the American narration of our book app for children ALL MY LOVE (FOR YOU).

Kurt’s voice has been described as smooth, calming, convincing, inviting and we can only agree with that!

It has been a delight working with Kurt Feldner on the app “All my Love (for you)”. Kurt has done a remarkable narration job, conveying the emotions in Dominique Maes’ text with perfection.

Kurt Feldner, the American voice behind the book app for children All my Love (for You)

Kurt Feldner, the voice talent behind the book app for kids “All my Love (for You)”

You can read his testimonial here:

“First, I gave the iPad with the app to my oldest granddaughter, (5-years old) to try out the app and she LOVED it! (…). She was busy with the app for well over a half hour, playing with it and coloring the flowers!”

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To follow and contact Kurt:

Kurt Feldner Voice – Providing high-quality voicing for all your projects
– Website: http://kurtfeldner.com
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KurtFeldnerVoiceWorks
– Twitter: https://twitter.com/KFVoiceWorks