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Thursday, August 02, 2018

Bedtime Stories from Alexa

Cheaper, yes, and probably very nicely done. But where is the parent telling a story to the child?  Seems like once again, we have forgotten the most important process segment.  With the highest return.

Amazon’s kid-friendly storytelling app is now free, and works with Alexa
‘Alexa, tell me a bedtime story’   By Shoshana Wodinsky in theVerge

Amazon’s chat-style fiction app, Amazon Rapids, is now free, giving parents and kids unlimited access to the hundreds of stories in its catalog. Previously, the company charged $2.99 monthly for that privilege. Some of these stories will also be available to listen to through Alexa’s Storytime mode, which was launched last summer.

Rapids made its debut in 2016. The then-subscription based service was meant to get children interested in reading, by presenting short stories in the style of text message conversations between characters. The idea was that these types of stories might be easier for a young reader to handle — according to Amazon, the app is aimed at five- to 12-year-olds. Rapids also offered an age-appropriate, PG alternative to some of the competing chatty fiction apps aimed at a more PG-13 audience, like Hooked and Yarn. .... "

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