London, United Kingdom – Apps Playground, the UK-based children’s app reviews site, today is pleased to announce the release and immediate availability of Apps Playground’s 100 Best iPad Apps for Kids, its first e-book for iPad, offering parents a guide to the best iPad apps from 2013.

Apps Playground’s 100 Best iPad Apps for Kids: 2013 Edition breaks down the site’s favourite apps of last year by category: Creative, Education, Stories, Playful and Games. The e-book aims to provide an accessible guide to apps for iPad-owning parents, including explaining their prices clearly and, if they use in-app purchases, how those work and how much they cost.

The selected apps include releases by well-known children’s entertainment brands like Disney, Nickelodeon and CBeebies, apps from new digital brands like Toca Boca, Duck Duck Moose and Sago Sago, and a host of independent developers.

In its first week on the iBooks store, the book has been featured by Apple on the Buzz Books section of the store, and has topped the paid Reference books chart on the UK store.

“More parents than ever own an iPad and are sharing it with their children, and they’re keen to ensure that the apps they download are entertaining, educational and trustworthy,” says Apps Playground co-founder Alice Whitaker. “We’ve worked hard to curate a collection blending familiar characters and brands with some of the hidden gems of the App Store that parents may not have come across before. And they’ve all been tested by two of the toughest reviewers we know: our two sons!”

Research from British telecoms regulator Ofcom published in October 2013 suggested that use of tablet computers at home by 5-15 year-olds in the UK had tripled since 2012 to 42%, while 28% of 3-4 year-olds now used a tablet at home.

“There are a huge number of children’s apps available for iPad, so we hope this book will help parents and carers find the gems that will delight their children, from creativity tools and inventive storytelling through to educational apps and playful digital toys,” says Apps Playground co-founder Stuart Dredge.

Device Requirements:
* Available on iPad and Mac
* iPad with iBooks 3 or later
* iOS 5.1 or later
* Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later
* OS X 10.9 or later
* Print Length: 111 Pages

Pricing and Availability:
Apps Playground’s 100 Best iPad Apps for Kids 1.1 (2013 Edition) is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the iBooks Store in the Consumer Guides category. Promo codes are available for journalists and bloggers who would like to try it out. Stuart and Alice are also available for interviews about the children’s apps market.

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Apps Playground is a news site focusing on the best iPhone, iPad and Android apps for kids. Millions of parents are buying and downloading apps for their children, including games, educational apps and creative toys. But with thousands to choose from, finding the best can feel like rummaging through a haystack in search of a needle. The Apps Playground website was launched in 2010 by Stuart Dredge, a freelance journalist, and Alice Whitaker, a freelance market researcher. By the end of 2013 it was attracting just over 64,000 unique monthly visitors. All Material and Software (C) Copyright 2014 Apps Playground. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.

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