Two leading children's publishers, Scholastic Inc. and Disney, soon will discover whether the laptop compares to the lap book in the hearts of young readers.

Scholastic is officially launching BookFlix, an educational web site pairing short films based on popular picture books along with nonfiction e-books that allow early readers to follow the text online.

For example, click on the bar that reads "People and Places," and you'll find a pair of offerings on Abraham Lincoln: an animated film of a storybook, Jean Fritz's Just a Few Words, Mr. Lincoln, and the animated image...

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