Here’s an interesting new company. A Story Before Bed has 125 children’s books that one can record and then the books can be viewed and the child can hear them read in the reader’s voice. This would be neat for kids who have a parent who travels, or for grandparents, or for members of the armed forces.
The parent, grandparent, etc. appears in a small window on the upper right hand side of the book. Flash is required, as is a computer with a webcam so the audio/video can be recorded. They have a demo on the site of how this works. Books are $6.99 and there are free coupon codes for members of the armed forces.
This is one example, though, of how a bad website may restrict what seems to be a good idea. There is no clear explanation of how this all works up front and even the price is hidden in a FAQ. You really have to poke around to find out what is going on. I wonder how many people get turned off and confused before they really get started. Even someone like me found the site confusing. Plough through it anyway, it could bring a huge smile to a kid’s face!