Self-publishing Service and Community for Children Launched
Design Studio – Drawing from its management team’s past experience with the MIT Media Lab, Tikatok incorporated intuitive Web-based design tools as part of the site’s Studio to help children easily point and click to make the story building process both simple and fun. Children can easily drag and drop text screens, write their ideas, change fonts, colors, and insert and delete pages to develop their books. They can also easily add their own original artwork by drawing their pictures and scanning and uploading them to their stories, or by mailing them into Tikatok.
Print-on-Demand Publishing – Tikatok recognizes that children are excited to see their stories made into real books and offers a unique service, through partnerships with professional printing companies, to publish and print affordable copies of children’s stories in hard or soft copy. Individual books are available for sale at Tikatok.com for around $20 and include the author’s photo and bio, making it a beautiful gift and keepsake for family and friends.
Online Community and Social Networking – Tikatok.com also provides children with a fun, safe way to communicate and share books with one another as part of the Tikatok community. Using the Friends feature, children can invite other friends through an email link to join the Tikatok network. They can also invite others to read their books and then can join and post their books to Book Clubs on the site and participate in discussion threads with one another.
As a children’s site, Tikatok takes privacy very seriously and has implemented numerous steps to protect the safety and privacy of Tikatok users. Parents must register a child, email communication is sent to the parent each time there is activity on their child’s book, and all identifiable information from the cover about the child is removed from the public view. Complete details on Tikatok’s privacy statement can be found at http://beta.tikatok.net/help/privacy .