Sunday, March 21, 2010

Readeo: a groundbreaking "family" book service with MAJOR publisher support Review

I wanted to help spread the word about this amazing tool for parents, military families, grandparents, traveling entrepreneurs etc. 


“Anyone who has ever tried to talk to a two year old on the phone knows what
a short and hard-to-understand experience this can be. With Readeo my two
year old and I can interact around picture books that keep his attention. He
loves to call me and beg ‘Grandma, read to me.’ and now I can!
Thanks for bringing me a new way to enjoy my grandkids!”
- Proud grandmother and new member

Readeo has officially announced the launch of its patent-pending
web application,, featuring an innovative BookChatTM functionality
that allows families to share story time even when far apart. Whether away on
business, deployed far from home, or as a way to see more of their grandkids,
BookChat uses beautifully digitized picture books with a seamless webcam
integration to enable people to see, read, and interact with children that they may be
separated from.
“BookChat combines the video chat experience with digital children’s books to
create a shared reading experience” said Coby Neuenschwander, founder of Readeo.
“Many people use video chat to connect with children and family that we are
separated from — Readeo takes that a step further by combining it with children’s
books to create real interaction. My son and parents now enjoy story time face to
face even though we’re separated by 1500 miles.”
With titles from well known publishers including Simon & Schuster Children’s
Publishing, Candlewick Press, Blue Apple Books and Chronicle Books, subscribers
have a diverse online library to choose from. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with
Readeo for their launch,” said Sarah Williams, Executive Director of Chronicle Books.
“We believe their platform will be both exciting and helpful to children and their
parents or loved ones who want to share the joy of reading together, even from afar.”

Extremely user-friendly, Readeo is packed with useful features including:
· Face-to-face story time from anywhere in the world
· Award-winning and popular titles hand-picked for the site by Readeo’s editor
· Personalized “bookshelves”
· A library that is searchable by age, gender and subject matter
· A Book of the Month that is free to read for all users
Kip Jacobson, Director of Publishing at Blue Apple Books remarks, “Our books have
a very distinct visual style and we’re excited that this quality comes across so clearly
on Readeo. This is a case of the right product at the right time.”
By connecting families who live apart—including grandparents, divorced families,
military families, and professionals who work long hours or travel often for work—
Readeo helps promote children’s literacy and create experiences that strengthen
families and children. John Mendelson, Senior Vice President, Sales and Digital
Initiatives, Candlewick Press finds their relationship with Readeo particularly
rewarding, “The idea that a father stationed abroad or a mother on a business trip
can read his or her child a bedtime story from hundreds or even thousands of miles
away represents a wonderful use of electronic books. Candlewick Press is proud to
be a part of bringing families together through reading.”
About Coby Neuenschwander, Founder of Readeo:
Prior to starting Readeo, Coby worked with Sandbox Industries, a Chicago-based
business incubator. While at Sandbox, he co-founded and built two web-based
companies. Prior to that, Coby was a consultant at the Monitor Group, a Boston-
based business strategy consulting firm. He graduated cum laude from Brigham
Young University with a B.S. in accounting and received his M.B.A. with majors in
marketing and strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern

-Courtesy of Readeo

I was excited to review a new site called Readeo, which connects children and those relatives or friends far away that want to read to them. You can sign up and connect your webcam. Then your ready to add books to your bookshelf and start a book chat. 

Its difficult to keep a young child's attention for long on the phone but this way you can engage with the child through the words of books. Children can even read 'solo' from the library Readeo has. You could take your laptop to bedtime and read popular children's books right from it with Readeo. 

Think of the possibilities... Grandma could help develop your child's love of reading from far away. Or Dad could read your child a story at bedtime when he's on a business trip. 

For a nominal fee your child will be enriching his or her love of reading, while connecting with those who want to nurture that in them. Readeo rocks, take a peek today!

*I received a free VIP pass to Readeo to facilitate my candid and honest review. No other form of compensation was or will be given. All personal views are my own!

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