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Comixology users say purchases made with Google, Apple now gone [UPDATE]

Posted by wicked April - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

The move away from Google and Apple purchasing int he Comixology app has ignited a few hurt feelings. Amazon has removed all outside in-app payment options, instead focussing on PayPal to allow users to make purchases. Many users are now reporting that some or all of their older purchases made with the abandoned purchase options have disappeared entirely.

Via The Digital Reader, we find many users taking to Twitter to complain about lost purchases. In some cases, a few comics were missing. In another instance, the entire back catalog from 2013 had vanished. Users are having trouble even verifying purchases made in the app because, you know, no comics and no payment options used to make them.

Android users can simply log-in to their Google Wallet accounts to view in-app purchases made when it was available in Comixology. If you have purchases, and they’re not showing up, it may be a good time to contact Comixology and/or Amazon.

Some users are also noting the “Buy Next Issue” button is gone, suggesting the changeover to a new payment solution hasn’t been smooth. Though the end result is more profit for Amazon, who now avoid paying Apple and Google a 30% cut for in-app purchases, limited functionality and deleted comics are just not okay. We’ll hope this is a simple bug that is rectified quickly, but we suggest anyone affected keep in contact with Amazon and Comixology.

[UPDATE] A comiXology spokesperson reached out in order to clarify the situation. While not entirely denying the issue, it seems that the problem has been reported mostly by iOS users, specifically those that have books tied to more than one comiXology account or use a separate iTunes account or didn’t properly restore their purchases (available in the app’s settings). Of course, comiXology has its doors open for any and all technical difficulties. Given how the situation has drastically changed for iOS users, more than for Android users, its not surprising to see a few disgruntled customers raising their voices at bumps encountered during this transition period.

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Not a fan of Flipboard? Here are three alternative reading apps

Posted by wicked March - 6 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Not a fan of Flipboard? With their acquisition of Zite, another big reader app was taken out of the mix. If you don’t really like the magazine page-flipping style of Flipboard, there are other alternatives. Depending on how you find and consume content, one (or more!) of these might do the trick.


When Google rolled Currents into their new Newsstand app, it showed the app’s aim. We liked currents, but it was a bit clumsy. Rolling it into Newsstand livened it up in regard to functionality. The utility of Currents stayed, though.

Newsstand has both Magazines (subscription, obviously) and My News (Currents, more or less). The latter is your Flipboard competitor, and asks that you curate your own feeds — just like Flipboard. The difference is interface, which we find to be snappier and easier to navigate. It all happens via the slide-out menu from the left, and familiar “back” key up top. We really like the interface, too — simple, clean, and lets us scroll rather than flip.

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Feedly replaced Google Reader for many of us, and it remains one of the better ways to consume information quickly. Though we think of RSS feeds as pretty boring, like a dull hammer, Feedly is a nice alternative. The interface is neat, and it works across platforms. A little bonus here is that it will use your Google+ as a sign-in, so you won’t have to remember yet another password.

More than any other on this list, Feedly allows for a lot of customization. You can choose to see headlines or more robust text/pictures in the main stream, and even toy with how you navigate the app and articles. Feedly also keeps with the new Android styling and slide-out menu, so it looks as good as it functions. We’re a big fan of double-tap to close an article, so give that a shot when you’re knee-deep in settings.

There is also a function to share to your favorite reading service (like the next on our list) or favorite social site with one tap. Feedly can be conjured to work just how you want it to, and lets you consume more info in a shorter time than anything else. There is a Feedly Pro, which is a bit expensive for the average reader among us, but a good option for information junkies. If you’re an avid consumer or info, Feedly might be your go-to, here.

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Though Pocket has no “feed” to speak of, we like it for a few reasons. The app works by saving items shared to it for offline use and viewing later. It’s great for those times you come across an interesting article or video, but just don’t have time to check it out. It’s also great for being avaiable across platforms, and there’s even a Chrome extension and OS X app for it, which saves items to Pocket quickly and easily. Two views keep it simple, and the reading interface is a pure joy. Again, a Google+ log-in keeps it simple.

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One thing we find really neat about Pocket is the option to switch to web view rather than the stripped-down reading mode. Say a picture didn’t load properly, and it needs to be seen to make sense of the article. Just pop into web view, and you’ll see it as the Internet intended, all without leaving the app. Pretty sublime.

You can also choose which topics you want to read by tagging them. There are no folders to tuck topics away to, but you can tag them. We will admit the tagging feature is a bit cumbersome (you have to enter list view before tagging, and it’s much easier via the Chrome extension), but it works once you get it down. Sharing from Chrome mobile is nice, and Pocket seems to work with jsut about any app we’ve run across. For picking up where you left off, Pocket is fantastic.

Pocket Web AC


We were big fans of Zite, but Flipboard? Not so much. It’s a bit clumsy for quick reading, asking for more of a sit-down-and-read type of lifestyle, which doesn’t suit us most times. We don’t hate Flipboard, per se, but we’re not crazy about it. These three apps are meant to be alternatives, but could also serve to round out your Flipboard experience (if you’re a fan).

These three apps also represent different ways of consuming media. Newsstand is more like Flipboard to our mind, it just doesn’t ask that you “flip”. Feedly is great for consuming content quickly, while Pocket is wonderful for getting back to an article or video without having to remember where it was that you found it. If you have a suggestion for a reading app you like, please feel free to leave a comment and let us know which is your favorite.

Three quick and easy ways to reduce data usage on your Android device

Posted by wicked February - 18 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

With shared or tiered data plans fast becoming the new normal, many of us will want to find ways to maximize the small pool of data we draw from. Though we typically don’t use more than 2GB monthly, there is a glass ceiling. After the limit, it’s usually pretty expensive to get past it.

You can maximize your data, though. With a few easy tricks, you might find yourself living comfortably in the field of data your carrier offers you. These tricks can also be helpful if you have a data throttling limit, where you get severely reduced speeds after a predetermined limit.

Bandwidth Management in Chrome

In Chrome, there is an opt-in for Bandwidth management. Doing so can greatly reduce the data you use within Chrome, saving you a ton of data. As you can see from the picture above, though I don’t use Chrome a lot while mobile, the reduction in data used is noticeable. To scale, that could end up saving you a lot of data, which counts against your plan.

If you’re not prompted to sign up for the service, go to Chrome > Settings > Advanced > Bandwidth Management. You should see an option for Bandwidth Management. If you don’t see the option, try downloading Chrome Beta — it’s definitely there.

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Maps & Location Services

If you’re traveling, data roaming can be a concern on top of the imposed limitations. You probably don’t want to leave your phone behind, but you still want to get around — and use Maps to do so. With Google Maps, you can save maps for offline use, which could save you a ton of data use.

For the newer versions of Google Maps (6.1 and above), saving a map for offline us is really simply. When you have the area on the screen you want saved, just type “ok maps” into the search bar, and it will start the cache process. If you don’t have time or the ability to type, just tap the search field on the map, and scroll down to the bottom (seen below), where you’ll find the option to save the area on your screen for offline use.

Once saved, you can access the saved map from the regular mobile maps interface. Just scroll over to the place you have saved, and zoom in. It gives you an area around your saved location as well, so don’t worry about venturing a bit off the beaten path.

Google Maps Offline AC

Reading offline

You find a cool article while at home, and dedicate yourself to pick it up while on the train or waiting for a doctor appointment. When you do that, you’re using data, unless you use one of the tricks for offline use. By saving an article to an offline reading app, you can enjoy plenty of reading while on-the-go, all without having to soak up data.

We like Instapaper, because it lets you create folders for cataloging articles. The interface is also dead simple and clean, making it a joy to flip through. Others like Evernote or Pocket are equally as useful, though. Just make sure any app you want to use has an offline reading function, and you’re on your way.

When you find an article, be it in Chrome or other apps like Zite, simply save it to the reading app of your choice. With Android, most dedicating reading apps have a sharing function that is automatically added. If you’re an avid reader, or want to read while you have some downtime in the wild, this is a must-have.

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Though these aren’t the only ways to save a bit of data, they are some of the easiest. They also represent functions that will show an immediate impact, if you use these services. Chrome is one of the better served here, as it is used for quite a bit more than you might think. Offline Maps is also really neat, especially if you’re in an area that has poor reception — be it traveling or in your home city.

One thing to keep in mind is that with Maps and your reading habits, it’s best to save those when you have WiFi available. By saving things for offline use while on WiFi, then accessing them later, you’re using almost no data at all. That’s called ‘sticking it to the carrier’!

Reading digitally gains in popularity, but print is still king

Posted by wicked January - 16 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

When it comes to reading, the choices are increasingly diverse. Print books are still alive and kicking, but eBooks are also popular. Though some prefer the romance of picking up an actual paper book, an increasing number of us are reading digitally. Even with eReading growing quickly, it still has a long way to go before actually killing off print entirely.


A new study shows that when it comes to reading in 2013, 69% of US citizens read a print book. A respectable 28% read an eBook, with 76% of us claiming to have read a book in any format. Given the breakout there, it seems there is about a 20% overlap where readers just want to read. The research was done between January 2-5 of this year, and surveyed 1,005 adults in the US.


The overall numbers hold fairly steady year-to-year, but electronic reading is steadily growing in popularity. Of those surveyed, only 4% admit to going totally electronic. With the advent of devices like the Kindle, eReading has gained quite a bit in popularity. Where it really finds utility is in apps — like the Kindle — which span devices, and allow users to pick up where they left off on another device.

Though not living up to the prophecy that eBooks will kill paper off entirely, there is a change of both attitudes and delivery. Recently, Amazon offered users the option to switch their purchased paper books to Kindle editions free, or at a discount. Apps and ecosystems like Kindle’s serve a purpose a book never can, and that’s tying you into their ecosystem.
VIA: The Next Web

Reading Trainer – an educational app to improve reading speed & comprehension

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2012 - Monday Comments Off

Reading Trainer – an educational app to improve reading speed & comprehension
Reading Trainer is a beautifully designed and extremely useful education app that helps you improve your reading. Now, before you contest “but I can read already! What do you think I’m doing right now!?” this is very much about improvement, so it concentrates on increasing reading speed and comprehension. If you typically read a lot [...]

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Thumbelina:3D Popup Book. Educational & fun audio book app with ‘popup’ pages for children

Posted by wicked November - 22 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Thumbelina:3D Popup Book. Educational & fun audio book app with ‘popup’ pages for children
Thumbelina:3D Popup Book is a educational and fun reading application for children. In addition to the story text you get a variety of ‘popup’ elements to the app where children can interact with the story, perform small tasks and help the main character throughout the narrative. It’s a fun twist on the standard audio book/educational [...]

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Barnes & Noble rolls out updated Nook reading app

Posted by wicked October - 3 - 2012 - Wednesday Comments Off

Barnes & Noble has updated its official Android app today, bringing several new features like improved fonts, zooming for comic books, a full dictionary and a much-needed fix for pre-ordering directly from the application. This new and improved version comes just a week after the company announced its new Nook HD and Nook HD+ tablets. So, if you’re a reading junkie and can’t seem to get your e-book fix from Google or Amazon’s offerings, hit the download link after the break.


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Kobo unveils the Kobo Arc powered by Android 4.0, prices starting at £160

Posted by wicked September - 6 - 2012 - Thursday Comments Off

Android phones and tablets news:

Android Central

Kobo has today officially unveiled their latest attempt at a 7-inch reading focused tablet, the Kobo Arc, which is the successor to last years Gingerbread powered Vox. The Kobo Arc is a much different proposition to the Vox, and will come running fully Google certified Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Arc will also be reasonably well priced for a device of this nature, starting at just £159.99.

The Arc is more more design focused than the Vox, and packs more impressive hardware. Powering everything from within is a 1.5GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor, and 1GB of RAM. The 7-inch screen is a 1280×800 IPS panel with a pretty respectable PPI of 215. There's no rear camera on the Arc, but there is a front facing 720p HD 1.3MP camera and a microphone, so video conferencing is a definite possibility. Connectivity is WiFi only, but the Arc is WiFi Direct capable. Rounding out the hardware is a pair of stereo speakers on the front of the device, and in partnership with SRS home entertainment technology volume and sound quality is increased with the function turned on. Battery life is pegged at 10 hours of reading or watching videos with the WiFi off, with standby time of around 2 weeks. 

So, the specs are nice. Not ground-breaking, but a definite mark up from the previous Vox. Hardware only tells half the tale though, it's in the software that Kobo is looking to be a little different to the norm. Kobo has designed their own custom interface that they call Tapestries, which is focused on organizing your content into easy to manage chunks — or Tapestries. We got a look at the device, and the Tapestries interface back at IFA 2012 in Berlin, and it has some interesting features within. 

The back story first though. Kobo has decided upon their design based around a principle of tablet use — they're being used to consume content, be that books, videos, music etc. The UI of more traditional Android tablets is somewhat focused more around applications. Kobo wanted to focus on content, and so Tapestries was born. It's all about creating a personal experience on the Arc, and all about the users content. 

As a content focused UI, applications are kept away from being front and center. Instead, the UI gives us a long scrolling wall to fill with content, and the main view shows off all your created Tapestries — think of them as folders, but folders that open up a whole new home screen. Kobo has included some stock tapestries to organize some basic content such as reading, social media interactions, and entertainment, but the user can create one based around any kind of content they wish. App shortcuts and widgets are still usable as with traditional Android tablets, but it allows for total customization and organization of all your topic specific content.  And it was all developed in house by the Kobo team. 

Kobo hasn't forgotten too their reading roots. Integrated into the web browser is a "distraction and ad free reading experience." By partnering with Readability, the Arc's web browser has a reading mode that will just show you the juicy text on a web page. The fonts used are all customized to look best on the Arc's display, and from within this view online content can be pinned to any Tapestry for reading later. It doesn't have offline capabilities however, so you will still need to be connected to WiFi. 

The final area of the UI worth noting is the discover area occupying the bottom portion of the display. This learns about the content that you consume, and will start to make suggestions for you. It can even make suggestions based on topics contained within the text of a book. No personal information is given to any services, everything is managed in the cloud by Kobo. 

Kobo's social reading features  from the Vox have also made their way on to the Arc. Pre-loaded apps include Facebook, Twitter, Skype, 7Digital and Rdio, along with the full suite of Google apps including the Play Store. It is expected to be available in November at £159.99 ($200) for the 8GB version, and £189.99 ($250) for the 16GB and will be available globally through existing Kobo retail partners. Black and white versions will be available, along with different colored interchangable rear covers. 

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nook touch

We’ve heard a lot of rumors in the last year, but now Barnes & Noble has finally unveiled its first official  plans for taking its Nook tablets and e-readers to markets outside of the U.S. Today it announced that it will be launching the devices, starting first with the e-readers, in the UK in October, along with a new UK online storefront for the Nook digital bookstore (2.5 million digital titles) and “partnerships with leading retailers” to sell them.

The move comes as B&N’s arch rival Amazon gears up to launch the Kindle Fire in the UK — in a deal with leading book retailer Waterstones that includes other Kindle devices as well as e-books. Both the Kindle Fire and the Nook are built on forked versions of Google’s Android OS.

The news also comes at a time when people are scrutinizing how well the Nook line of devices is performing, questioning what sort of an impact Microsoft’s $300 million investment in B&N will have longer-term.

Prior to Amazon announcing a Waterstones agreement, many had thought that B&N would partner with the UK bookseller itself as a way of getting its Nook line of readers and tablets into the UK market. The CEO of Waterstones had publicly praised Waterstones, and reviled Amazon as a devil.

In the absence of a Waterstones deal, B&N now promises “partnerships with leading retailers,” although it has yet to specify any names. It also says that pricing for the Nook readers and tablets will be revealed closer to the date of commercial launch.

Amazon already offers its Kindle e-readers in a number of global markets, and in that sense this is about B&N catching up: “The first products to be available when the company begins offering its products in the UK in mid-October,” it notes, “include Barnes & Noble’s line of…E Ink Readers, NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight.”

The company does not specify when its tablets will be entering the mix.

B&N has for months now been building up its presence in the UK and the rest of Europe, so this may well be a first-move into the rest of the region. In March, the company incorporated in Germany and started to hire there. It has also been running events to cozy up to Android developers in the UK — although in the absence of local billing, and more concrete details on device launches here, that perhaps hasn’t been as buzzy as B&N would have hoped.

The company is due to report its quarterly earnings this week, and all eyes will be on how well its digital and device strategies are holding up, in the wake of people reading less paper books and general problems that have befallen other traditional booksellers like Borders.

Judging by how B&N has marketed the Nook in the U.S., its retail partnerships in the UK will be key to how well it does here. The company doesn’t have any physical stores of its own, and yet its sales strategy in the U.S. has been heavily based on promoting the devices in-store, creating reading areas and offering users free reading time while in the retail location. Whether it will take the same approach here has yet to be made clear. But again the fact that Waterstones, the biggest physical bookseller in the UK, is not going to be among those stocking it will inevitably be a setback in that sense.

The Nook tablet has less than 5% of the U.S. market for tablets at the moment, according to IDC. B&N says that it has sold “millions” of Nook devices to date.

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Best interactive books for Android

Posted by wicked April - 28 - 2012 - Saturday Comments Off

Our Android smartphones and tablets can be used for a lot of things. Some use their devices for causal calls, text, and other means of online communication. Others transform their devices into a gaming console. Our Android devices can also be used as a means for educating our little ones at home.

With the presence of the Google Play Store, all the apps that you need can be easily accessed with a tap of a button. In this app list, we will be tackling of some of the best interactive books on the market. These apps can be used to improve the creativity, reading, and listening skills of your child. Take note that the apps listed below don’t follow a particular order.

Just Me and My Mom

The Just Me and My Mom app is an interactive story book by Mercer Mayer which narrates the story of Little Critter enjoying his special day with his Mom. Like every other child, Little Critter has a huge amount of energy and causes trouble along the way. Your job is to help the Little Critter and his Mom solve their problems as the story progresses.

The interactive book offers a lot of interesting features for your kids to enjoy. One notable feature is that it reads the story for your kids. Narrated words are highlighted for your kids to be familiar with. You can also tap a word and the app will read it out loud for you.

If you prefer reading the story to your kids, you can select Read It Myself and read the story to your child. You can also select Auto Play to read and watch the story like a mini film. The story also offers some mini games to let your kids interact as the story progresses.

You can get the Just Me and My Mom from Google Play Store for about US$1.00.


If you want to transform your Android tablet or phone into a library full of interactive of books, download iStoryBooks for your Android device. This app lets you download children’s books to your Android phone and tablet. Every page is filled with pictures and the app narrates each story to your child.

The iStoryBooks app also lets your kids enjoy a variety of interactive books right on your Android device. From fairy tales to brainy educational books, the iStoryBooks will be your interactive mobile reading hub.

The iStoryBooks lets you choose the following books:

Animal Story Books

  • Three Little Pigs
  • The Blue Fox
  • The Crow, the Doves and the Mouse
  • The Mean Lion and the Smart Rabbit

Fairy Tales

  • Cinderella
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Folk Stories

  • Little Red Hen
  • Little Red Riding Hood
  • Stone Soup

Educational Books

  • A to Z Fruits and Vegetables
  • A to Z Animals
  • The World of Dinosaurs
  • Things that Go
  • and many more

You can get iStoryBooks for free from Google Play Store.

BB – Bedtime Battle

The BB – Bedtime Battle app depicts a story of two parent bears struggling to put their baby bears to sleep. Bears are wild and strong creatures of the forest. The same goes for the two young Berenstain’s Bears in this story. As the clock strikes 8, Papa Bears says “time for bed,” but sister and brother don’t want to go to sleep. They will do everything they can to postpone sleeping.

Follow the story of BB – Bedtime Battle of how Papa Bear and Mama Bear struggle to put their little cubs to sleep. The BB – Bedtime Battle allows you to choose if you want to listen to the story, read the story to your child, or just watch the story as it progresses.

To promote reading skills for your kid, narrated words are highlighted. Your kids can also tap a word and the app will say the word out loud. The BB – Bedtime Battle is also filled with rich animations and custom background sounds for each scene.

Get the BB – Bedtime Battle from the Google Play Store at a price of about US$4.00.

Wheels on the Bus

Sit down and buckle up as the Wheels on the Bus begin to turn on your Android device. The Wheels on the Bus app is a fun interactive book for your Android device that is sure to entertain your kids. This book is based on the popular children’s song which integrates reading with singing. It is like teaching your kids to read and to sing at the same time.

Every scene of Wheels on the Bus is filled with cute animations and interactive illustrations. Ride the bus to spin the wheels, move the wipers on the front window, close the bus doors, make the dog bark, and much more.

Another notable feature is that the app can record your kid’s voice as they sing along. Teach your child to read and develop their talents in singing with Wheels on the Bus playing on your Android device.

Start-up the engine and join the joy ride with Wheels on the Bus from the Google Play Store for a fare of about US$2.00.

The Going to Bed Book – Boynton

If you have a hard time putting your child to sleep, you can read them a story to keep them occupied throughout the night. You can use The Going to Bed Book – Boynton to keep them in bed and put them to sleep. This is the first Sandra Boynton book app and it will enhance your book app experience.

Every scene is filled with rich animations and fun interactive actions that are sure to catch your child’s attention. Touch the objects, tap the animals to make them sound, pull the drawers, or tilt your device and watch things move. You can do anything your creative minds tells you with this app.

The book app also features a realistic page transition that makes it look like a real book. This book app can also narrate the story for your kids. Choose the Big Guys Read it and listen as the story progresses. You can also read the story by yourself by tapping the I want to read it myself button. And most of all, rock your child to sleep with its alluring music box sound of the twinkling stars.

Put your child to sleep with The Going Bed Book – Bonyton at your bedside. Grab the book from the Google Play store for about US$4.00.


Itsy Bitsy Spider

If your kids are not arachnophobic, then you can let the spider do its job and educate you child with the Itsy Bitsy Spider book app. This book app is based on the popular nursery rhyme. If you can’t recall which nursery rhyme, then you might have skipped class when your teacher taught you that song.

The story is about a spider climbing the water spout. But, aside from the usual storyline, this app added some scenes that will entertain and teach your child. Every scene is filled with attractive images and interactive actions. You can help the caterpillar become a butterfly, play peek-a-boo with the frog, poke the spider, make rain from the clouds, and much more.

The book app also teaches your child to read by singing. Aside from reading and singing, you can also teach your child various skills such as counting, finding hidden objects, stacking hats on the spider, creating music, and much more. You can also record your child’s singing with this book app.

Help the spider climb the water spout. Get the Itsy Bitsy Spider from Google Play Store for a price of  about US$2.00.

Moon Secret HD

Let your kids fly to the moon from their bed with Moon Secret HD. This book app is a good bedtime story for your kids to help them go to sleep. Discover the secrets of the moon through the imaginative minds of a child. With its interactive story and magical world of dreams, this book app will help develop your child’s creativity, imagination, listening, and reading skills.

This book app offers rich animation display and background music from the creative world of a child’s dreams as they discover the true identity of the moon. The text is narrated by a soothing voice that will lull your child to sleep. Take your child to the world of dreams and develop their creativity and reading skills with Moon Secret HD app.

Fly and discover the secrets of the moon through the minds of an imaginative child. Get the Moon Secrets HD from Google Play Store for free.

Moo, Baa, La La La! – Boynton

If you want teach your child what sounds the animals make but you can’t go to the zoo, teach them by using the Moo, Baa, La La La! – Boynton book app on your Android device. This book app is based on the original board book of Sandra Boynton with more cool and interactive features.

With this ebook, you can hear the sounds of animals and some unique animal sounds. Hearing the cow say “Moo Moo” sounds ordinary. But, hear the pigs sing “La La La” will sure blow your mind away. Aside from funny animal animations and funny sounds, you can also do lots of stuff with Moo, Baa, La La La! app with its interactive features. You can turn day to night by tapping the moon, pull the curtains to see three pigs singing, shoot those noisy cats with a sling shot, and much more. The book app also features an option that narrates the text or you can read the story on your own.

Get to know Old MacDonald’s farm animals by getting the Moo, Baa, La La La! – Boynton from the Google Play Store for about US$4.00.

Apolline & Leon

If you are a person brave enough for an adventure, then follow the brave Apolline & Leon in their breathtaking adventures on the Tuileries Gardens in Paris. This book app is one in the series of Apolline & Leon. In this episode, they find an odd-looking woman who looks like a witch. Brave Apolline & Leon decided to follow this mysterious character to unveil the old woman’s true identity.

The Apolline & Leon book app is filled with beautiful animations and interactive features in every scene that will surely entertain both children and adults. You can throw balls, shake the clouds, play music, switch the lights on and off, peek through key holes, and much more. Combined with outstanding sound effects that would make the readers beg for more, the story is narrated by professional actors and supports 9 different languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Portuguese.

Come follow the adventures of Apolline & Leon from the Google Play Store for a price of about US$2.00.

The Candy Factory HD

If you liked the classical film Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, then you might like The Candy Factory HD on your Android device. Like Charlie who won the last golden ticket that gave him access to the chocolate factory, these two kids were lucky enough to set foot in a land full of color and goodies.

As the two children were looking through their window, a pink fluffy cotton candy took them to the candy factory. The book app contains friendly colorful graphics that will enhance your child’s creativity. Aside from colorful animations, each scene also contains interactive features that will entertain your kids. The book app also features text narration for younger audience. The Candy Factory HD is a 17-page fun-filled interactive book for your children.

Download The Candy Factory HD for free from the Google Play Store.

Do you still read to your kids?  Do you teach your kids how to read well?  What Android apps assist you in those tasks?

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