NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC AND ANDREWS MCMEEL SELECT EPIC! FOR KIDS’ EBOOK SUBSCRIPTION DEAL
Top Children’s Digital Media and Publishing Veterans Join Growing Startup’s Team
Palo Alto, CA. (July 14, 2014) – Epic!, the first all-you-can-read eBook subscription service designed for kids 12 and under, today announced an agreement with National Geographic Kids, the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core, and Andrews McMeel Publishing, home to the most distinguished names in comics and AMP! Comics for Kids, created especially for middle grade readers. Launched in early 2014, Epic! is also announcing the appointment of Lane Merrifield and Tim Ditlow to its Board of Advisors.
National Geographic Kids and Andrews McMeel Publishing join dozens of other publishers that have provided their titles to Epic!’s growing library of thousands of high quality children’s books. The Epic! service is currently available as an app through iTunes for the iPad2 and higher, and has the largest library of any eBook subscription service designed for children, with titles hand-selected by teachers and children’s publishing experts.
“We’re pleased to partner with Epic! to bring our children’s ebooks to new audiences. We hope that Epic!’s reading service will encourage kids to develop a love of reading nonfiction that will benefit them throughout their lives,” said Rachel Graham, senior director of digital book publishing at National Geographic.
“Epic! is the ideal service to deliver our books to children on the mobile devices they love. Young readers everywhere will delight in our imaginative titles while experiencing a new and exciting way to enjoy reading, “ said Kirsty Melville, president and publisher of Andrews McMeel Publishing.
National Geographic Kids titles on the service include books like Dog Finds Lost Dolphins from the popular National Geographic Kids Chapters series, Sharks from the leveled National Geographic Kids Readers series, and other fun titles like Myths Busted.
Andrews McMeel will offer books from New York Times bestselling authors and iconic fan favorites, such as Snoopy, Big Nate and Desmond.
“We’re proud that both National Geographic Kids and Andrews McMeel have chosen to join us in our mission to provide the best reading experience on mobile that kids have ever seen,” said Kevin Donahue, co-founder of Epic! “By providing a trusted place where kids can easily discover and read amazing content like this, we’re already seeing kids read more often and spend more time reading for fun.”
Epic! is also pleased that the cofounder of Club Penguin, Lane Merrifield, and well-known publishing executive, Tim Ditlow, will join its already impressive team of advisors.
Lane Merrifield is co-founder of Club Penguin and former Executive Vice President of Disney Online Studios. As CEO of Club Penguin, Lane worked to help create and launch the service in 2005, playing an integral role in its phenomenal growth and continued success as one of the largest digital brands for children. This success led to a partnership with the Walt Disney Company, which acquired it for $350M in August of 2007.
Tim Ditlow has been a producer and publisher of more than 1,000 children’s audiobooks, including such bestselling authors as Judy Blume, Kate DiCamillo, John Green and Philip Pullman, as well as all seven Harry Potter titles. His casting of Jim Dale as the narrator of J.K. Rowling’s series resulted in multiple Grammy awards. He also led the editorial program for Amazon Publishing’s young adult imprint, Skyscape, with the bestselling Breathing series by Rebecca Donovan.
Epic! opens the doors to a new world of reading for kids 12 and under by providing an unlimited selection of eBooks that can be instantly discovered, read and shared with friends. Personalized for each individual reader, Epic! is the only place to access thousands of high quality, curated children’s books without the need to purchase or download them one by one. Beautifully designed for mobile and featuring fun, game-like elements, Epic! provides kids with a personal library they can take anywhere. In a world of unlimited screen time, Epic! is a smart alternative to games and videos. The company, based in Palo Alto, CA, is founded by Suren Markosian, serial entrepreneur and founder of social gaming leader CrowdStar, and Kevin Donahue, former YouTube, Google and Disney executive, with the support of top tier investors and veterans of the children’s publishing industry. To learn more about Epic!, visit www.getepic.com, or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
About National Geographic Kids
National Geographic Kids inspires young adventurers to explore the world through award-winning magazines, books, apps, games, toys, videos, events and a website, and is the only kids brand with a world-class scientific organization at its core. National Geographic Kids magazine (10 issues per year) and Little Kids magazine (six issues per year) are photo-driven publications available on newsstands or by subscription in print and on tablets. The award-winning website kids.nationalgeographic.com excites kids about the planet through games, videos, contests, photos, quizzes and blogs about cultures, animals and destinations. National Geographic Kids Books is the leading nonfiction publisher with 80 titles each year, including the New York Times bestseller “Kids Almanac.” National Geographic Kids safely engages kids to learn through digital play through the virtual animal world of Animal Jam and apps, which bring the best of National Geographic Kids to smartphones and tablets.
About Andrews McMeel Publishing
AMP is a leading publisher of comics and humor, cookbook, puzzles and games, gift and children’s books. AMP! Comics for Kids features comic collections and illustrated novels designed especially for middle grade readers.
Recent highlights from AMP! Comics for Kids include Big Nate: Great Minds Think Alike by New York Times bestselling author Lincoln Peirce, Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic and the upcoming Desmond Pucket and The Mountain Full of Monsters by Mark Tatulli, The Croc Ate My Homework by New York Times best-selling author Stephan Pastis, Dragon Girl: The Secret Valley by Jeff Weigel, and Ice Cream Kid: Brain Freeze by Todd Clark.