The Epic App has already earned the inevitable moniker of being “the Netflix for kids’ books,” and it doesn’t appear to be a title founders Suren Markosian and Kevin Donahue of Palo Alto, California, are afraid of wearing.
For just $9.99 per month, their app allows children access to a curated collection of 2,000 books (and growing) that stream directly to the iPad (models 2 and higher; sorry, Android fans).
Kids can read however much they want, see their progress at a glance, earn badges for reaching certain reading achievements, and receive personalized recommendations based on their age, interests, and reading history.
The app is targeted toward kids 12 and under, and should be a welcome guide for parents concerned about what their little ones are exposed to.
“Epic! was started in January 2013 when we realized that our kids love their tablets but spend most of their time playing games and watching videos on them rather than reading,” the company mission statement explains. “It didn’t make sense to us that games and videos were so easily accessible, while books required a parent to make a purchase every time a child wanted to read a new one. So we rounded up some friends and got to work building the first ‘epic’ reading experience designed for kids.”
One of the best parts of Epic is that it doesn’t require one to download the books directly to the device. If you’ve seen how image intensive children’s books can be, then you know they make for some pretty large file sizes as opposed to a regular text-only book. So instead of crowding your device with children’s books, you’re able to read from the cloud on an application that is specially designed for the mobile experience.
Each book is curated and optimized by the 12-person team, which includes curator Emily Scheinman, content manager Anastasia Ionkin, designer Travis Gregoy, and developers David Dresner, Brendan Hutchinson, and Gary Carstensen.
The app only takes up 52.1 MB of storage space and is offered at a yearly discounted rate of $79.99, which is basically eight months for the price of 12. With 81 ratings, the Epic App is currently averaging a 4.5 out of 5.0 stars on the Apple App Store. Get yours here.