Epic!, the world’s leading digital library for kids, and global
independent publisher Andrews McMeel Publishing (AMP), today announced a
first-of-its-kind partnership to exclusively publish a new line of
children’s books. More than 10 million children use Epic! in homes and
schools and AMP is a leader in children’s publishing, with favorites
including “Big Nate,” “Phoebe and Her Unicorn,” “Peanuts” and “Calvin
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Print versions of Epic! Originals will hit retails stores this fall. (Photo: Business Wire)
Earlier this year, Epic! debuted Epic!
Originals, a new collection of original digital books based on
insights from millions of young readers and created in collaboration
with leading authors and illustrators. Already incredibly popular in
their native digital form, the books will be available in print for the
first time and sold at major retail chains nationwide this fall.
Since the launch of Epic! Originals, the digital books have been
devoured by kids, accumulating more than 8 million total reads in just a
few short months. One runaway success, “My Pet Slime,” was read well
over 1 million times in just eight weeks.
“Epic! Originals were designed to delight children while nurturing a
love of reading and learning,” said Kevin Donahue, co-founder of Epic!.
“The overwhelming response to these unique characters and stories
confirmed that we were onto something magical. AMP is the perfect
partner to bring these wildly popular book series to the printed page
and into the hands of our rapidly growing fanbase of children and
Launched in 2014, Epic!’s award-winning subscription service, which is
free to teachers, provides unlimited access to an expansive content
library with tens of thousands of books, audiobooks and learning videos
from hundreds of the world’s top publishers for $7.99 per month.
“The digital success of Epic! Originals reflects powerful insights into
what will engage and motivate young readers. This partnership is about
transforming an imaginative line of children’s books from the digital
space into bookstores and library shelves everywhere,” said AMP
publisher and president Kirsty Melville. “It is fun, smart and
accessible content that fosters creativity, learning, and above all, a
love of reading.”
AMP will release the first five titles in the fall, including “My Pet
Slime,” “Creature Campers,” “Undersea Mystery Club,” “Diary of a Fifth
Grade Outlaw” and “Cinderella Rex.” The line will continue to expand
into 2020 with additional releases each season.
Epic! is the world’s leading digital reading platform for kids, created
to nurture a love of reading and learning in children everywhere.
Epic!’s award-winning subscription service includes unlimited access to
the world’s best digital library for kids 12 and under, encouraging kids
to independently explore their interests and develop their passions in a
completely safe and engaging environment. Epic!’s library holds 35,000
books, read-to-me books, audiobooks, and videos from 250 leading
publishers such as HarperCollins, Andrews McMeel, Macmillan, Sesame
Workshop, National Geographic Kids, and Smithsonian. To learn more about
Epic!, visit www.getepic.com,
or follow Epic! on Facebook and Twitter.
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Andrews McMeel Publishing is a division of Andrews McMeel Universal, a
global, independent and integrated media partner to creators of
inspirational content, comics, and illustrated humor. It distributes
creator content through global syndication; book, calendar and greeting
card publishing; digital consumer experiences; and entertainment