DNP to Market Digital Picture Book Service to Libraries

Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. (DNP) will market a digital picture book service for libraries. The new service takes the existing picture book contents lineup offered by the Company, including "Let's listen to stories," "Let's learn," and "Let's play," and adds picture book contents designed specifically for libraries. This is part of the DNP service supporting the use of picture book digital contents at spaces for children, such as those set aside at showrooms etc., to help children develop a sense of curiosity.

[Background]

In recent years, libraries have adopted the use of digital devices, such as tablet terminals, at new libraries, and also when upgrading older facilities, as a way to improve user services. As a result, more users are now able to view e-books. Digital picture books are contents facilitating interactive operation, along with the replay of video and audio using tablet terminals. And they are in the spotlight as a tool allowing children to experience the joy of picture books, and developing an interest in picture books.

In this latest development, DNP has added ten picture book titles, designed specifically for libraries, to the contents normally offered as part of the existing Digital Picture Book Support Service. The Company will also support the creation of spaces in which to enjoy digital picture books, along with events and workshops related to the provided contents.

[Outline of DNP Service for Libraries]

  • This new service bundles digital picture books, from each genre in the DNP line up of "Let's listen to stories," "Let's learn," and "Let's play," in 10-title packages matching the age and interests of children, and offers them in a recorded format on tablet terminals.
  • These 10-title packages are designed with libraries in mind, and form an addition to the 3-packages marketed at present.
  • The screen has been designed to resemble a book shelf allowing even the youngest child to intuitively experience the feeling of extracting a book from the offered collection.
  • All contents are copyrighted, making for carefree use by libraries.
  • The service comes with a malfunction prevention feature controlled to prevent children from using applications other than digital picture books on their tablet terminals.
  • It is possible to use the new service in combination with the original DNP tablet terminal that has developed a reputation for being easy on the eyes.

[Looking Ahead]

DNP will perform demonstration tests of the new service at the Sapporo Chuo Library from June 13 to July 3. The Company aims to identify the necessary functions and services for library-based usage from these tests, and apply the results in future development efforts.

DNP aims for the new service to be adopted by ten libraries before FY 2016.

 

* Product prices, specification and service contents mentioned in this news release are current as of the date of publication. They may be changed at any time without notice.