Royal Fireworks Is Undergoing a Major Digital Overhaul!

Posted on: 05/14/2021 Back to all blog posts

Royal Fireworks Press has been publishing books for children and the adults who care for them since 1977, and during that time, we’ve gone through a lot of changes. And now, we’re thrilled to announce that we’re in the process of undergoing an enormous change: a system-wide digital overhaul. This includes a brand new, user-friendly website and putting our books out as Kindle eBooks, starting with Michael Clay Thompson’s language arts curriculum.

We’ve known for a while that our website is dated and hard to navigate, and we’ve spent some time investigating options for how to make it better. Now we’ve hired an incredibly competent and responsive company to build us a brand new website, and we couldn’t be more excited about what it’s going to look like, how it’s going to function, and what new features will be available. However, a project like this takes time, and we’re hoping to have the new site live by early autumn. But don’t worry: You’ll still find us at rfwp.com, and we’re always available to help with questions and concerns via phone (845-726-4444) or social media (find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram).

In fact, we’d like to hear from you about what you want in our new website. We know that the current one has drawbacks; what we really want to know is what you like and would like to make sure we retain, as well as what we’re lacking that the new site needs to have. We know what we’d like to see, but feedback from you is always helpful and welcome. Please email us with any suggestions at feedback@rfwp.com. We promise to read every email and take to heart every recommendation. Whether it’s our website, our books or other products, or our procedures, we always want to offer the best customer experience that we can, and oftentimes the only way to do that is to hear from you about what YOU want and need.

The other prong of the digital overhaul is a move to put our books, primarily the MCT language arts curriculum, on the Kindle platform as digital editions. (We will continue to publish the print books. Digital books are simply another option.) We’ve had the MCT books (and some of our other books) available as iBooks in the Apple Book Store for several years, but recent changes in technology have led us to rethink our digital presence. As a result, we’re phasing out our iBooks in favor of Kindle eBooks. The program we originally used to create the iBooks is no longer supported, and we have been unable to make updates or corrections to the iBooks for quite some time. Additionally, some of the interactive features in the iBooks no longer function properly. Consequently, we will be pulling the MCT iBooks out of the Apple Book Store as of June 30, 2021. Downloadable files for those iBooks will be available for a short time after that, but eventually those will go away as well.

Instead, we are creating new Kindle eBooks. This is a massive project, and it takes time, but we’re working on it nearly every day. We will put up the Kindle editions as we complete them, one MCT level at a time. We’ll announce them as we go.

We are so excited to be sharing this news with you! And thank you, our loyal Royal Fireworks family, for your support as we embark upon this next leg of our journey. It is you, after all, who inspire us to greatness.

The Royal Fireworks staff

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