HarperCollins continues its support for subscription e-book services in a deal with Epic!, a children’s subscription service, adding 1,000 backlist kids’ e-book titles to the company’s library. Epic! offers access to a library of more than 4,000 kids’ e-books for $9.99 a month. HarperCollins joins S&S, which had previously distributed its kids’ e-books via Epic! Launched by a group of game developers looking to use their skills on book properties, Epic! offers access to kids books for ages 5-12.
I was a voracious reader as a kid. If my mom could have waved a magic wand and had an unlimited supply of books appear in our living room for a flat fee of $10 a month, I’m sure she would have jumped at the chance. Thanks to the iPad and a subscription service called Epic, my kid can gorge himself on children’s books until the cow jumps over the moon. Epic launched its iPad-only app in late 2013, and on Thursday announced an agreement with HarperCollins, Epic’s 25th publisher, and the second of the “big five” to sign on to the service, along with Simon & Schuster. This will add another 1000-plus books to Epic’s library, including Amelia Bedilia, The Chronicles of Narnia,and books by Beverly Cleary, Neil Gaiman, and Lemony Snicket. Those books aren’t in the Epic app just yet—the company says it’ll take a few weeks to get them formatted and loaded.