Readeo: Story Time Anytime, Anywhere

May 12, 2010

2:38 pm

As a kid growing up, I used to love reading with my parents. Whether it was children’s books, history books, or computer manuals; it was something I enjoyed doing with my parents, especially my Dad.  But some kids may not have a parent or grandparent around to read with them.  Situations like parents being in the military or grandparents living in a different part of the country can make interacting on that level very difficult.

Chicago based Readeo has developed a way for families to have the same experience of reading with one another regardless of where they are.

Readeo is a patent-pending product that combines award-winning children’s books with high-quality video chat to create a shared reading experience called BookChat™. In a BookChat, participants can see, hear, read and interact with children, grandchildren, and other friends and family members—just as if they were in the same room.

Readeo is a great example of how the Internet can bring people together to share an activity that has traditionally taken place offline but has become more challenging as families are forced to be physically apart. They’ve lined up a number of publishing partners, including Simon & Schuster, so they can offer a compelling list of books for your BookChatTM. The challenge for Readeo will be the experience, as video chat is highly dependent on the bandwidth and connection of both participants. Kids probably won’t have much patience for bandwidth interruptions when they want to know what happened to Mighty Max.

Readeo is a premium service offering free trials and free guest options. Membership is $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year. Readeo will be demoing as a showcased startup at Tech Cocktail Chicago mixer event on Thursday, May 13th, 2010 at John Barleycorn in Wrigleyville.

How Readeo Works from Readeo on Vimeo.

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Mark Bebawy (@markbebawy) is a Washington, D.C. metro native with a passion for all things web, social media, and startup related. Mark has an extensive background in technology, having worked in the field running his own IT consulting company that catered to small business.

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