The Netflix of kids’ books? Epic launches on iPad for $9.99/month


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The Netflix(s nflx) monthly subscription model is a hit for movies and TV, and is spreading to music with paid versions of services like Pandora and Spotify. In 2014, it looks like the model could finally catch on for e-books.

On Tuesday, a company called Epic launched a service that offers children a monthly library of over 2,000 children’s books on the iPad, including popular titles like Olivia, the Berenstain Bears and  Mr. Popper’s Penguins. The books arrive instantly through streaming, and the service also provides features like personalized recommendations and off-line access. Here are some more titles:

Epic books screenshot

Epic’s launch comes weeks after Oyster, which my colleague Laura Owen last year crowned the Netflix of e-books, received a major investment to expand its $9.95 ebook service aimed at adults.

It’s obviously too soon to say how Epic will fare but, as with any monthly subscription service…

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Oyster: The Inside Story


The link below is to an article that takes a look at how the ‘Netflix’ of ebooks established itself.

For more visit:
http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57617713-93/how-the-netflix-of-books-won-over-the-publishing-industry-q-a/

Amazon Launches Christian Imprint – Waterfall Press


The link below is to an article reporting on the launch of ‘Waterfall Press’ by Amazon, a Christian imprint.

For more visit:
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140123005651/en/Amazon-Publishing-Launches-Christian-Imprint-Waterfall-Press

Facts From the Life of Robert Louis Stevenson


The link below is to an article that takes a look at seven things that you may not have known about Robert Louis Stevenson.

For more visit:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nancy-horan/7-things-you-didnt-know-a_3_b_4637894.html

Preteen Reading List


The link below is to an article that includes a list of books that every preteen should read – according to the author of the list anyway.

For more visit:
http://bookriot.com/2014/01/02/50-books-read-12th-birthday-book-riots-picks/