Making the shift from paper to digital is a hot debate. A lot of teachers still claim to prefer paper textbooks over digital, but what about nonfiction books and other such books? What can digital offer that paper cannot? We found this article about an American author who founded ‘Kids Discover’ – publishing digital copies of nonfiction books for kids.
In the shift from print to digital, a family legacy modernizes a classic need.
INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero
We’ve worked very hard to give educators and students access to our entire library from any device.
Now we’ll be working to find ways to create deeper integrations
with various learning management systems, such as Google Classroom and Edmodo.
As districts around the country make the transition from print textbooks to interactive digital platforms, smart legacy publishers are moving with them. In this interview, Ted Levine (pictured), the president and CEO of Kids Discover, shares his family-owned company’s journey from 20-page magazines to customizable digital content.
How long has Kids Discover been publishing nonfiction for kids?
Ted: Kids Discover was founded in 1991 by my father Mark Levine, and was originally launched as a subscription magazine for children ages 6-12. Each issue would focus on a single subject and feature topics such as Insects, Ancient Greece, Antarctica, and Cells.
Issues read like short books but were designed as 20-page magazines, with beautiful photos, illustrations, and captions geared to excite and engage young readers. Many parents, who subscribed to the magazine for their children were also educators, and soon there was a demand to use our back issues in the classroom.
More than 25 years later, our audience is comprised of parents and homeschool educators, but our biggest audience is elementary and middle school educators and students.