Silly rabbit; Audible’s for kids, too

I’ve long been a fan of Audible for keeping my iPod stocked with a great book at all times, and a couple of days ago they revealed some great news: The launch of AudibleKids.

AudibleKids is launching with nearly 4,000 titles from over 75 publishers, including 500+ new-to-digital titles such as exclusive stories from R. L. Stine of “Goosebumps” fame, all playable on iPods and hundreds of audio players and mobile devices. AudibleKids provides unmatched choice and convenience for parents, children and educators.

“We’re igniting a young person’s love of reading through digital audiobooks. We believe that AudibleKids will help children to develop critical literacy skills such as improved reading ability and comprehension,” said Donald Katz, founder and CEO of Audible. “The unique power of audiobooks to engage, entertain and bring a story to life can help children develop a love of books. We fully expect AudibleKids will reposition digital music players as story-tellers and learning machines, and thus build a new generation of enthusiastic readers.”

For anyone whose child has received an MP3 player and the power-struggles over what is acceptable material to load on it, this is great news. Not that that’s every happened to me. Nope. Pay no attention to those confiscated MP3 players behind me.

And as if that wasn’t enough:

AudibleKids is working with Reading Is Fundamental, Inc. (RIF), the nation’s oldest and largest nonprofit children’s and family literacy organization, to help support RIF’s mission of motivating all children to become lifelong readers. As part of the arrangement with RIF, AudibleKids will provide a featured section on the website where children, parents and educators can always download a select number of audiobooks for free. “Children enjoy listening to stories being read aloud,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and CEO of Reading Is Fundamental. “RIF’s new relationship with AudibleKids is especially exciting because it’s a generation-relevant way to motivate children to read and improve their literacy skills.”

I’ve been browsing for an hour, already. Go check out AudibleKids for yourself; there’s free content and cheap content and, well, something for everyone. Pinky swear.

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2 thoughts on “Silly rabbit; Audible’s for kids, too

  1. Thanks for this! And the best way to find the free downloads are to sort by price.

  2. Curse you for introducing me to Audible Kids! I have downloaded three pages of books already. Mostly for around $1 a piece. I have never listened to audio books before, but they are so nice to listen to in the car. Once I figured out how to download Audible Manager and burn them to CDs. I will recommend them to my friends with kids because it is so much nicer than DVDs for long car trips. My favorite is John Cleese narrating Dr. Seuss’s “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?”