Epic!Spring 2016 Mobile Apps
Epic! is an appropriately named app that gives users access to over 10,000 children's books on a wide variety of both fiction and non-fiction topics. There are books to be read independently, books that are narrated, and even audiobooks. Parents can create up to four profiles for their children; and, each profile is individualized to the skill level and interest of the child. Parents are asked to enter the child's age and select several favorite subjects including but not limited to: science and nature, sports, mystery, daily life, history, plants and trees, and classics. From that information, the app makes recommendations, but there is no obligation to follow those recommendations. Children can browse by topic or search for specific titles and topics. And, when they find books that they enjoy, they can add them to their "Favorites" or even download them for reading offline. Finally, letting children choose what they want to read increases their interest and engagement level, which in turn increases reading time and skill level.
The app itself is free, but library access requires a $4.99/month subscription free. A free 30-trial is available, after which the subscriber's credit card will automatically be charged unless cancelled. The app can be used from any location on virtually any device. Considering the volume of books to which the app grants access, as well as the ability to track the books and times read, this app is a delight, and a bargain.