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Amazon’s Storytelling App for Kids Goes Free

Dave Parrack 08-08-2018

Amazon Rapids, Amazon’s storytelling app for kids, is now available for everyone. Rapids was formerly priced at $2.99/month, but is now completely free. So if you have children aged between 5 and 12, you may want to check out Amazon Rapids ASAP.


Encouraging children to read is one of the most important jobs parents have 9 Popular Parenting Websites for Successfully Raising Teenagers Every parent wants to overcome minor problems and strengthen their relationship with their kids. If you want to handle difficult situations and topics, these websites are great starting points. Read More . There is literally no downside to reading. It helps kids develop language skills, educates them, and even manages to keep them quiet when you need some peace.

All of which makes Amazon Rapids a Godsend.

Amazon Rapids Makes Storytelling Fun

Amazon Rapids is a storytelling app from, you guessed it, Amazon. It was originally launched in 2016 as a way of encouraging children to read, with the stories presented as text message conversations between the various characters.

Amazon Rapids, which is available on Android, iOS, and Amazon Fire devices, features hundreds of original short stories aimed at children primarily aged between 5 and 12, although older kids may find it entertaining as well.


These stories all have audio, with a cast of characters reading the stories aloud. Kids can then read the stories along with them. There’s also a built-in glossary allowing kids to check the pronunciation and definition of words they don’t recognize.

For parents keen to foster their children’s love of reading, there’s a parent dashboard. This shows recent activity, including what stories your kids have been reading, how many words they have read in total, and their favorite genre.

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Rapids was previously priced at $2.99/month, but it’s now completely free to use. According to TechCrunch, “monthly subscribers will no longer be charged and annual subscribers will be refunded for the remainder of the year.”

Amazon Rapids is just one of a number of chat stories apps The 9 Best Chat Stories Apps for Reading Text Message Stories Interested in reading chat stories delivered via text message to your phone? Here are the best chat stories apps available. Read More to have popped up in the past few years. These all allow you to read short fictional stories on your smartphone, with the tales being broken up into bite-sized chunks.

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  1. Roger Payne
    August 8, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    I fully disagree here! When you compare the two for audio streaming emby is far ahead. Time and time again I try to play a video over the network with Plex and no sound. In some cases, you can change the audio to a different type however for a lot of TV and movies only one audio. In every case that Plex hasn't work for audio emby has works just fine. Also for Plex, I continuously see that mkv movies continue to transcode where in emby the movie plays direct without issue.

    Note all of my testing has been done from the xiaomi mibox.