“One reason we’re giving this important book away for free is to improve art appreciation by kids in America and everywhere else,” said KBN media executive and author/illustrator Uncle Henry.
“Another reason,” he added, “is that free books for kids is what KBN is all about. KBN lets internet visitors of all ages, who can register for free, download free books that can be printed and formed into authentic, traditional-
“This is completely new and different from anything you’ve seen in either traditional publishing or on the web to this point,” the KBN founder continued. “These are real books, which later you may also see published in traditional, full-size formats in your public or school library as well as local bookstore.”
KBN books are now available at http://www.read4free.net in what will be a rapidly expanding catalog of titles in an increasing number of genres, sizes and formats as more families and children join the free network. Rather than competitive with broadcast media and conventional publishing, say KBN fans, the KBN model presents a wide range of opportunities for new cross-media alliance.
KBN can do so much more for children because the traditionally highest costs of publishing – printing, distribution, inventory, warehousing, returns – are reduced to zero. Children simply make the KBN books they want themselves, right from their computer printer. Technology has reduced the bookmaking process to something that is completely simple. A child can actually print and manufacture a complete KBN book in as little as two minutes.
For kids and teachers it’s quite fun and surprisingly easy. Plus, classroom teachers can use these same lively books for all kinds of fresh learning projects.
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Prototype Entertainment Products is an independent West Coast-based developer of entertainment properties for conventional and virtual media, innovative brands, and new media concepts. On September 1, 2009, Prototype launched KBN, the Kids' Book Network.