Amazon is going to teach kids to love reading books
I am very interested in how Amazon is using it’s positive business practices to instill a love of reading for kids between 5-12 with unlimited access to short stories for $2.99 a month. Amazon Studios is partnering with Signature Stories to bring stories to life with the voice acting talents of Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants). They are using new stories that kids love like Niko and the Sword of Light and Danger & Eggs to the app.
The launch will be at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con where they will have the opportunity to see the videos and listen to the talent behind this app. Kids will be able to read along with favorite characters with original stories written by the shows’ writers. They will be new adventures that go beyond the TV series storylines that light the imagination of children.
“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off Signature Stories and are thrilled to be teaming up with great talent such as Aidy Bryant and Tom Kenny,” said Michael Robinson, Director of Consumer Products for Amazon Education. “We’re always looking for ways to help kids develop a love of reading and we’re looking forward to bringing on new brands, new characters, and new voices to Amazon Rapids over the coming months.”
Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless, teal-haired future stuntwoman, D.D. Danger, and her ever-cautious best friend, a giant, talking egg, named Phillip. As the daughter of a world-renowned daredevil, D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill.
Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko who is the last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land. Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano, making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering secrets about his mysterious past.
“We’re excited for kids to connect with our characters in new ways as they tag along on epic adventures together while reading on Amazon Rapids,” said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios. “Both pilot episodes were popular among viewers and we’re thrilled that the shows’ quirky, engaging storylines and humor can help inspire kids to read.”
Amazon Rapids is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices. Parents who sign up now can subscribe at an introductory price of $2.99 per month to give their kids unlimited access to short stories. Parents can start a free two-week trial at http://rapids.amazon.com.
Key Amazon Rapids features include:
- Read Along Mode — Kids can listen to voice actors read their favorite stories while following along with words highlighting as the adventure unfolds.
- Tap to Say & Built-in glossary —Kids can simply tap a word to hear its pronunciation or hold the word to see its definition. Each time kids look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal glossary for easy reference.
- New Stories every week— Kids can explore an expanding library of hundreds of titles spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery, science fiction and sports, with new stories added weekly.
- Age-appropriate content – All content is thoughtfully edited to be appropriate for kids ages 5-12.
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Are you ready to play will female warriors in the new Vanguard Game from eigoManga?
It’s fighting time with this popular series created back in 2009 Tomoaki Sugeno nicknamed Suge9. Looking at the images it takes me back to my arcade days as a kid (but with more female characters but still with HUGE boobs) where I used to take my quarters and play till the money ran out.
If you won’t be attending the Game Developers Conference (GDC) March 14 – 18 in San Francisco at the Moscone Center check out the art from the Vanguard Princess‘ Mac OS C version but PC fans don’t despair because ‘they got you’!
Vanguard Princess Trailer on YouTube
The Mac OS X version of ‘Vanguard Princess’ will be playable at Codeweavers, Inc’s Exhibition Booth #842 at the GDC Main Hall. eigoMANGA plans to release the Mac OS X version of ‘Vanguard Princess‘ in late March 2016 and the PC version is available now on Amazon & Steam for $5.00.
‘Vanguard Princess’ is a 2D fighting game that features an all-female cast each with their own unique fighting style from eigoMANGA. Players can choose from ten girls with unique fighting skills and pair them with a younger assistant partner. ‘Vanguard Princess’ is a 10-time best-selling game on Amazon.
The game has a few differences from the original Japanese version is the explicit sexual content and Hilda is playable support character <hurrah>. I’m curious to check this out on my Mac so when I get a chance I’ll buy it on iTunes for my laptop.
Vanguard Princess Screenshot
Warriors are you ready to playyyy!
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Race through all new worlds in the new SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run game for iOS & Android: www.spongebobmovie.com/app
As we all get ready to head back to Bikini Bottom with SpongeBob and his friends Nickelodeon is getting everyone excited with a blinged out minivan and new app for fans of all ages. My first immersion into SpongeBob world was at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota had a real life Toyota Sienna tricked out mini-van (cherrylosangeles @youtube) ready for some under the sea adventure. I have to say it was pretty cute but am not sure if it’s street legal! Buck Nick has been BUSY with SpongeBob with the launch of a new puzzle game inspired by the new film coming out February 6th to keep your thumbs busy.
It’s a mobile game that’s going to be available on all the platforms and is full of nostalgia fun for those who grew up with the gang under the sea living it up in Bikini Bottom! (click to buy app). In the game SpongeBob and Plankton are running to find the lost Krabby Patty secret formula through 3 locations (Bikini Bottom, Apocalyptic Bikini Bottom and a real-world beach) from the series and new movie. SpongeBob takes to the air with Plankton’s jetpack, floats in a bubble through a coral forest, racing in the Patty Wagon or jumping through his crazy imagination with Plankton! When the difficulty level increases he becomes Super SpongeBob with the new upgrade!
- Get ready to have fun with SpongeBob in crazy costumes like Caveman and Pirate!
- Upgrade to Super SpongeBob and hulk out!
- Plankton has a TIME MACHINE!
- Plankton can power with shields and magnets!
- You can compare your distance and scores after you run with other players (iOS & Amazon only)!
- Custom animation and voice-overs with SpongeBob and Plankton unique to this fun app!
The new app was developed by Playside Studios who created Catch the Ark!
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