AudibleKids: Enhanced Audiobooks
Posted by: Mary Burkey
Audible, the mega-retailer of downloaded audiobooks, launched AudibleKids last spring. The site is a portal for purchasing audiobooks for ages 0 to 13+up. It looks inviting and has lots of interactive features. It is searchable by category, age and grade level. Each title has a clip to sample. Users may create suggestions lists and write their own reviews. If you choose to create a profile, you can connect with others like yourself. There are printable listening guides that can be used as worksheets by teachers or parents. To entice listeners, there are a few free downloads and 99¢ specials. You can even set up a kid’s account with a preset allowance so that they may choose and download their own selections. Here’s something new on the site: Enhanced audiobooks that display the book’s original illustrations while the audio plays, either on an iPod’s video screen, on the computer screen from iTunes. There are currently both well-known children’s titles, such as Sylvester and the Magic Pebble & Where the Wild Things Are, and graphic novels adapted from classics. Take a look at the demo and see what you think. Truthfully, the static image-by-image look puts me in mind of those old iconographic filmstrips with the “beep” to turn the knob to the next frame! Only now on your iPod’s screen – everything old is new again!