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Lookybook – online picture books

on June 12, 2008

Lookybook, which launched in November, is a way to book browse children’s books on the computer, cover to cover. This unique site is a great way to implement the Internet into parenting, not that I’m advocating the loss of hand-held books. This is a browse before you buy type of tool, where busy parents can browse a book on the computer before making the trek out to a bookstore to make this item a fixture on the household bookshelf.

Its also a great way to sneak reading into the lives of those with limited funds. Granted, nothing will replace the library for all books free and available. I think this website is a good alternative for everybody, particularly on holidays, and the hours when libraries are closed. You can even create your own bookshelf, tagging your favorite picture books.

The website’s about page is praising the benefits of this site. Registered members (registration is free) are privy to reader reviews, authors can publish and promote their own work, and users will receive recommendations for similar type books.

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.”

You can also check out the Publisher’s Weekly article, published 11/15/07.

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