Attention BlogHer ’12: Free Kids Audiobook App
by Elizabeth Rodgers | Friday, August 3rd, 2012
A must have iPhone – iPod Touch- iPad app (retina display supported), Audiobooks For Your Kids lets you effortlessly listen to classic children’s books. Simply download the stories and you are ready to go. Rediscover classics like Little Women, Jungle Book and Andersen’s Fairy Tales. We picked thirty of the best-narrated titles from Librivox.org.
Instead of planting your kids in front of the TV or DVD player, have them listen to an audiobook: it develops not only their vocabulary, but also their imagination as well as their knowledge of the world.
Featured stories in this app:
Anderson’s Fairy Tales
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
The Story of the Three Little Pigs
Little Lord Fauntleroy
A Little Princess
The Secret Garden
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Grimms Fairy Tales
The Jungle Book
Anne of Green Gables
It’s Like This, Cat
Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Prince and the Pauper
The Velveteen Rabbit
The Swiss Family Robinson
The Marvelous Land of Oz
The Christmas Angel
Birds of the Air
The Adventures of Reddy Fox
The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk
The Adventures of Buster Bear
What Katy Did at School
The Frog Prince and Other Stories
Denslow’s Three Bears
Nine Unlikely Tales
The Enchanted Island of Yew
The Orange Fairy Book
Fifty Famous Stories Retold
More Goops and How Not to Be Them
A Day at the County Fair
Audiobook Pop! was founded in 2010 to provide a solution to the following three points of pain:
- buying audiobooks is expensive,
- owning, renting and borrowing CDs can be a hassle,
- being offered thousands of books by other apps is overwhelming.
Audiobook Pop! curates its content so that there is minimal decision making, ease of use and affordability. Too much choice is not a good thing. The audio books are free to download, included with the cost of the app.
Boise mom and filmmaker, Elizabeth Rodgers, first had the vision for an audiobook app when she took a road trip with her family, including two young children. “There’s nothing wrong with watching DVDs on the road, but I’m determined to raise them as readers.”
The non-technical Rodgers partnered with Boisean designer and developer, Mazal Simantov. Together they architected the simplicity and intuitiveness of the app and Simantov created the elegant design. The keys to success were threefold: ease of use, great content, efficient user choice. In February 2011, the first app, Audiobooks For Your Kids, was launched.
Once the original app had been established, Rodgers and Simantov received feedback from users that similar apps with different themes would be well received. To meet that demand, in Spring 2012, they released Audiobooks – Sci-Fi and Audiobooks – Austen (a Jane Austen Anthology) in the summer of 2012. Up next: Fairy Tales/Folk Tales and Bronte – what will be a Bronte Sisters anthology — Anne, Emily and Charlotte.