Have you ever gone shopping for a gift book for a child or teen and wondered if the book was appropriate? Getting a hold of an independent review can be tough, because newspaper print editions with book reviews are becoming scarcer, and several of the remaining book reviews don't review many children's or young adult books.
Now, help is available instantly, thanks to a highly useful iPhone book review application called Kids Book Review, developed by Heidi Komlofske and Ross Rojek of 1776 Productions of Sacramento, CA.
"In a time when print newspaper book review sections are on the decline, 1776 Productions is challenging the trend," says Komlofske. "Kids Book Review offers 800 new book reviews at launch, from the San Francisco Book Review and Sacramento Book Reviews. We plan to upload about 100 new reviews every month to the app."
The service includes childrens reviews for ages 1-8, tweens reviews for ages 9-12, and teen reviews for young adults age 13 and older. For a one-time expenditure, users will have instant access to hundreds of book reviews - a resource that will increase in number every week.
"No matter where you are shopping for books, if you see a book you are intrigued with," says Rojek, "all you have to do is power up your iPhone and tap into Kids Book Review for solid book information on the spot!. Additionally, if you read a review you like, you can easily put in your favorites folder to find quickly when you are ready to buy it or check it out from the library."
Launched in September 2008, 1776 Productions aims to become a vehicle for readers to find new books and authors and to help create, support, and encourage local writers, publishers, and readers by bring new books of all types to readers in an easy-to-read and easy-to-find format.