All of my books are available on Storylabs, and a selection of them join Andrew Olimpi’s and Emma Vanderpool’s on Mike Peto’s site. These are very different platforms. This post isn’t intended to be a pro/con list. Instead, its purpose is to clearly lay out the features for you…
This is a robust platform with management tools, and individual student logins. Teachers can create “classrooms” for different sections, courses, groups of students, or groups of books. Teachers can track how long students spend reading, too. There are supplemental activities, with more added along the way as teachers contribute (available to all), and there’s audio for each chapter, either recordings uploaded by the author themselves, or a default adorable Italian pronunciation (but not both). Storylabs is specially formatted for scrolling and use with different screen sizes. A menu to the left acts as a table of contents, so students can jump to chapters, the glossary, and activities. There’s a phone app on the way, too. Individual books are $60 for all students to access (up to 180). There are combo deals, such as the Mini FVR Library (any 12 titles) for $300 ($25/book), and the crazy deal with Andrew Olimpi’s books for $675, right now $22/book, and dropping as more are added (i.e. the cost remains $675 even as new books get published throughout the year).
My Generation of Polyglots
Mike Peto’s platform brings the same physical book layout to the screen with a single login that teachers share with students. There are no tools, activities, or
audio audio is being added as of 3.21.21. There are left/right page turn arrows, and/or corners at the top page. To access the glossary and skip chapters, students use a navigation slider at the bottom of the screen. Individual books are $29.99 for all students to access (up to 300).
Here are different screenshots showing the different reading experiences students will encounter: