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FarFaria - Indie app of the day
What is FarFaria?
Here’s how the app works. You download it and then you’ll enter into the free trial. In the free trial you’ll get a book to download and then your kids (or you) can read them. From there you must start paying a subscription fee of $3.99 per month to continue using the platform. However, if you do choose to pay, you’ll get instant and unlimited access to over 600 eBooks aimed at kids and the developers state that they add more every week day.
That’s pretty much it. It’s a simplistic eBook reader with an eBook platform attached not unlike Kobo, Amazon, or Nook. Each ebook comes with a reader badge to let you know how advanced the book’s reading level is so you don’t accidentally download a book that’s too advanced for your child. There is also a Read To Me feature that will read the books to your kids that is available with the entire library. Overall, the interface is also very simple and since this is geared toward children, that’s a good thing.
What is wrong with FarFaria?
The app itself appears to work very well in terms of compatibility and performance. There haven’t been any outstanding issues reported in terms of crashes or performance issues. It appears as though the app has a limited language support as some have asked if FarFaria will support new languages. About the only other problem people have had is with the length of the free trial. Some believe you should get more than a single book to try the app before paying for it but of course that is up for individual interpretation.
Overall, this is a great platform for kids. 600 books may not sound like a lot yet, but they are adding new ones every week day and it won’t be long before the library is double or triple the size that it is now. Maybe even larger. You don’t get a lot of room to try things out before you have to buy it but you can cancel your membership at any time if you’re not satisfied. If you have kids, you should at least give the free trial a chance. Letting kids read is always a more preferable option than sitting them in front of the idiot box.