September 1, 2009.
KBN LAUNCHES FREE BOOKS FOR EVERY CHILD IN THE WORLD IN A NEW MEDIA THAT PROMOTES LITERACY AND CHALLENGES OLD CONCEPTS IN CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT.

The Kids’ Book Network, a project of Prototype Entertainment Products, today launched a new website that lets internet visitors download free books that can be printed and formed into authentic, traditional-form books from 8 to 60 or more pages.

“This is completely new and different from anything you’ve seen in either traditional publishing or on the web to this point,” said KBN CEO and author/illustrator Uncle Henry.

“These are real books, which at some point you will also see published in traditional, full-size formats and available for purchase in your public or school library as well as bookstore.”

After a free site registration the books can be downloaded by children and young adults as well as their families, teachers, librarians and other educators.

Books will be available on KBN in an increasing number of genres, sizes and formats as more families and children join the free network, which will be supported by commercial sponsors.

“Our sponsors have children, too,” continued the KBN CEO, “and they want to support the kind of children’s entertainment that helps their young customers develop into smarter, more active and better-educated adults. It’s all about choices in entertainment sponsorship that can help kids have more fun while they also learn, strengthen their brainpower and become the next generation of leaders.”

With growing site participation KBN can bring young readers a lot more variety in book choices, options and invention than any conventional publisher. “We don’t have to follow the same old wornout story formulas book after book, year after year,” said Uncle Henry. “Sure, we’ll have stories and adventures in all of the classic genres, but we also don’t have to be afraid of new ideas. So our books can bring our readers stories that are often really quite different, and perhaps just a bit brighter and smarter.

“Our readers will decide what books and stories and characters they like most, they don’t have to be limited by what they can get from some tired publishing committee of let’s-always-do-more-of-the-same censors.

“So we can publish very witty picture books for one level of reader, and very exciting episodic adventure novels and even literary classics for another.

“And we can have more fun with our coloring books, maze books and even very experimental book ideas, too, that you just can’t find in an ordinary bookstore.”

The learning opportunity is unlimited, the KBN founders note, because classroom teachers can use these same books for all kinds of fresh learning projects.