A big thank you from Storynory to everyone who has either donated or bought one of our apps or our new Katie and the Witch’s Swap story.
We receive some really generous donations and I can’t tell you how much they help us and boost our morale. Unfortunately it’s still a big struggle for us to make ends meet.
Of course we’ve seen the comments from children complaining that they can’t afford the $1.99 for the Katie and the Witch’s Swap story.
First of all, I would like to reassure everyone that we are not breaking our promise to the world to provide a free story every week. We’ve kept that promise since November 1995, and we mean to keep on keeping it!
In fact, Storynory is so popular, that our servers provide half a million downloads of our MP3 files every month.
Katie and the Witch’s Swap has 17 original pictures. It took our artist a month to do them. I spent more time than I care to mention programming the app. This is an experiment.
Our next few apps will be riddles with an interactive element. We will see if people feel less outraged that we are daring to charge a small amount for them and we will see what works best in the Apple Store.
We also considering making some apps out of our free stories. Perhaps people will pay a small amount for an enhanced version of the Snow Queen, if it has numerous beautiful pictures and the audio is synced with the text. We need to find out.
In the meantime, if any mums and dads are having doubts about whether it is worth their while to stump up $1.99 for the app or the mp3 download – or perhaps to donate a little bit more – here are some reasons to support Storynory.
Storynory expands your child’s vocabulary.
Storynory expands your child’s imagination.
Storynory expands your child’s cultural outlook on the world.
And if that’s not enough, Storynory is used by thousands of kids around the world in countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, and even Afghanistan where they don’t even have the option to pay. Teachers spend hours downloading the stories over slow internet connections so that they can use them to teach English.
Your $1.99 or your donation is not just for what your family gets out of it -it’s for what the WORLD gets out of it – for FREE. Help us to help the world.
I will be happy to support your cause if you can put lexile numbers with your stories. Scholastic Website has means to this cause. You can type in a story title and it will tell you the lexile number or other ways to figure out reading levels. Please feel free to contact me to discuss further.
the owl and the nightingale
there was once a nightingale in a cage by a window,that was his habit to sing only at night . an owl wa puzzled by this and “when i was captured” .explained teh nightingale , “it was day and i was singing ” .in this way i learnt to be more carefully and to sing only at night.
are you afraid you might ve captured a second time? asked the owl. oh it would habe been better if you had beeen more careful the first time when your freedom was at risk. now it doesn’t really matter any more,right?
Hello, I am a Chistian Englis teahcer who has taught English with an English Bible.
Your sites are full of interesting stories and I would like to ask you a favor. Is there any ways to use your stories in legal ways?
I don’t have many students, but I really like to teach the non Christians with these abundant materials . Can I have you a permission to use your stories and sound?
Here is a very small city in South Korea.
I’m looking forward your answer. Thanks;)
July 30, 2013
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November 23, 2013
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