Epic! App for Kids

Posted March 31, 2014 by Lillian in Children's Corner / 0 Comments

Happy Monday everyone! I hope you all had a good weekend. Ours was a little hectic. My son was sick, so his birthday plans were cancelled and we spent the rainy weekend indoors cuddled on the couch. My son is a super active little boy, so when he is sick I kinda cherish those moments where he just wants to be held.

Another plus side, he loves to read. And when he is sick, doubly so. I think we went through just about all of our books this weekend! My son also likes to play on his “ip-ad” (his pronunciation, so cute!), but when he’s sick, he wants to watch myself or his daddy play. So I started looking for something that was a little more interactive. That’s when I stumbled across this app called Epic.

Description

Epic! is an ALL-YOU-CAN-READ eBook service for kids, designed to get kids to love reading!
With Epic!, kids can access thousands of high-quality books, instantly at their fingertips. 
All books are carefully selected by children’s publishing experts, teachers and parents.
Well-known titles, classics, and books from award-winning authors and illustrators are added weekly.
Age-appropriate recommendations and a personalized reading experience for kids 2-12.
Kids can read, share and rate books, or create collections of their favorites.
Earn cool badges and rewards for reading achievements.
Instant streaming – no waiting for books to download.
Try it for FREE!!

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What the experts are saying:

“Epic! offers a brilliant way to harness the enthusiasm of young readers with lots and lots of great books and reaches kids exactly when their enthusiasm for reading starts to spark”.  – Kate Klimo (former Publisher, Random House Young Readers Group and well-known children’s book author)

“Epic! is the first app to get eBooks for young people right. I love how easy it is to discover new stories to share with my kids.” — Emily Scheinman, Founder/CEO, Bananaseed children’s school book fairs 

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In a world with unlimited screen time, Epic! gives parents an alternative to games and videos. 

  • Epic! : The Future of Reading
  • Try it for free
  • After your free trial, you may subscribe to receive unlimited access to the ever-growing library.
  • Choose either a monthly recurring subscription for $9.99 or a 1-year recurring subscription for $79.99 (about $6.67/month) 
  • Your subscription is through iTunes and can be used on additional iPads you own
  • Payments will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase
  • Your subscription will auto-renew and identify the cost of renewal unless you cancel auto-renewal at least 24 hours before the end of the current period.
  • You may turn off auto-renewal at any time from your iTunes account settings
  • Subscriptions cannot be canceled during the active subscription period
  • Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when you purchase a subscription

My Review

4 out of 5 stars
They’re not kidding when they say thousands of books at your fingertips! There really are thousands of books: the Olivia series, the Bernstein Bears, all of William Joyce’s books, and many more of my favorites and my son’s. I was impressed not only with the quantity but the quality. I was expecting free domain books (or books that no longer have a copyright), but it’s like having a library at your fingertips. (Now when you log on the first time it does ask for what books you want to read, and I selected picture books as my son is 3. So this review is based solely on what is available for that selection.)
Once you select a book, you get the above screen. You can favorite it by selecting the heart and rate it! (I love this option for when my son is older and can rate books himself!!!) Once you click on the page to start reading the book takes up the entire screen and then it is like reading on a Kindle or in iBooks. It is clear, the writing is large enough that I could read it while my son held the iPad. And the pictures are what’s in the actually hardcopy. (There was at least one book we looked at that we already owned, but that didn’t bother my son any!)
Okay so the downside is that this app does cost after a 2-day trial period. It is 9.99 a month or 79.99 for a year. Although I loved this app, I’m not sure if I would pay for it. At least not right now with my son still too young to read on his own. Instead I’d rather take him to the library for free and let him pick out a few books a week. If you pay for the subscription, what do you think? I would love to hear from you!

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