Thursday, October 2, 2008


FROM LOOKYBOOK: Picture books are for looking at. Lookybook allows you to look at picture books in their entirety—from cover to cover, at your own pace. We know that nothing will replace the magic of reading a book with your child at bedtime, but we aim to replace the overwhelming and frustrating process of finding the right books for parents and their kids.

Here is the link to their site: lookybook
Go to the SEARCH box on the top left of your screen, search by author or illustrator name, by subject or by genre. Click on your chosen book and wa-la!

What do you think about this concept?


  1. I love the sense of a book in hand, but unfortunately the internet must be acknowledged. I think the publishers and writers who bring their work to it are savvy to a growing tech-audience. It's not the same, but in the end, I guess it's the reading that matters!

  2. ohhhh! this is great! Thanks for sharing the link!

  3. Interesting link. I'm not sure how I feel about the WHOLE book out there...I really like the idea of samples from the inside of a book to make a better choice in buying one though.
    Do authors get paid at having their books on there?

  4. Not sure what I think about this. I guess it depends on whether or not the author/illustrator/publisher are on board and happy with it. If they are, then cool, if not, then I don't like it so much.

  5. As a writer, I'm not sure I like it. I think the authors and illustrators should be paid if their work appears online. As a parent, I love, love, love it! It's like having a virtual library.

  6. From PW:
    The Lookybook site opens to the book trade today and is expected to go live for consumers on November 29, 2007 with about 300 books provided by charter publishers that include Chronicle, Penguin, Roaring Brook and Holiday House. Lookybook is making the program free to publishers for the first year, because as the founders admit, they are not sure how the site will affect book sales.

    Here's some reaction from publishing execs:
    Bill Boedecker, publishing director of children's books at Chronicle, admitted he was skeptical at first. “It’s showing the whole book online; it’s more than just a peek inside,” he told PW. Now Boedecker said he sees Lookybook as a means for publicity and a great way to promote backlist titles online, which Boedecker believes most picture book publishers have been trying to do. “We’re all sort of standing and looking out wondering who’s going to go first,” Boedecker said. He thinks that Lookybook, with its peer-to-peer review ability and user-created bookshelves, will serve as a picture book filter for site visitors.

    At Holiday House, v-p of marketing Terry Borzumato-Greenberg said Lookybook offers a way to “showcase books that has not existed before.” Librarians, educators, parents and grandparents can check out a book for themselves and then read what others have said about it before deciding to buy the book, she said. Since browsing the full titles online can’t compare to the cozy feeling of curling up with a physical book, Borzumato-Greenberg does not think that Lookybook will steal potential picture book sales. And because there was no charge to be involved for the first year, she said Holiday House saw “no downside.”

    Here's a link to the full article:

  7. Thanks for the extra info Jill.

  8. It's exciting (and a little scary) to see how the electronic age will affect books. I suppose we won't know if Lookybook helps or hurts until later on. Thanks for sharing this info, Jill!



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