Scholastic Media president Deborah Forte publicly stated today that the company’s seminal Storia app will see an influx of new content by the spring. Over 3,500 new titles will be added to the media platform, which currently only offers 2,300 ebooks, 700 of which are enhanced.
Storia is becoming very popular and the entire project has only been gaining traction since early 2012. You can think of the platform as a kids e-reader app, with tons of parental tools to monitor reading habits and offer incentives for their little ones to expand their horizons. The essence of the existing ebook titles put a heavy emphasis on enhanced content. These are books that contain multimedia elements, such as audio, video, animations, and read along features. Purchasing new books is fairly easy and can be done within the app for Android and iOS.
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications Kyle Good told Good e-Reader that “We are constantly adding more titles kids love to Storia, and the new data from the Kids & Family Reading Report released this week which reveals kids’ high levels of interest in reading more ebooks, confirms our belief that there is great potential to engage more kids in reading by continuing to grow our list.”
Right now Storia is only available for USA customers because of ebook licensing agreements. We will be talking with Deborah tomorrow about opening up the Scholastic ecosystem to the world.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.