Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

Novel Effect: Read Aloud Books

By Novel Effect Inc

  • Category: Book
  • Release Date: 2016-09-03
  • Current Version: 3.1.5
  • Adult Rating: 4+
  • File Size: 135.13 MB
  • Developer: Novel Effect Inc
  • Compatibility: iOS 11.2+
Score: 4.89
From 3,091 Ratings


Welcome to Novel Effect — an award-winning app that follows your voice as you read out loud from kids story books and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices. Bring the story to life, promote literacy, imagination, and fun for kids 12 & under! There are 3 versions of the Novel Effect service, all accessible through this app. New books are added weekly — including classics, bestsellers, hidden gems, and more. FREE Free Novel Effect offers hundreds of soundscapes for a growing library of children’s story books curated for teachers, librarians, kids and families. Enjoy limited access to soundscapes for free when you bring your own copy of the print book or ebook! PREMIUM For families, Novel Effect Premium offers unlimited access to a growing digital library of kid friendly content. Enjoy soundscapes for popular story books when you bring your own copy, or read aloud from hundreds of in-app books, including non-fiction and early reader chapter books, as well as exclusive members-only content. PREMIUM CLASSROOM For educators, Novel Effect Premium Classroom offers unlimited access to Premium features and content for one teacher and up to 30 students in a safe and secure environment. Overwhelmingly, educators say reading with Novel Effect is more engaging, creating motivated, confident, and empowered readers. Download for free and become an epic storyteller! Start your free trial today to access hundreds of in-app story books and save with an annual subscription. HOW IT WORKS Novel Effect’s service follows along as you read out loud, playing music, sounds, and character voices in response to your voice. Our library includes a wide variety of high-quality soundscapes for carefully selected kids story books to engage and promote imagination and learning, updated weekly with new titles! Hundreds of titles are available as in-app books, some titles may require you to read aloud from your own copy. FIND - Use search or browse our collections to find the book you want to read out loud. PLAY - Tap the cover and then choose how you’ll be reading — with print or an ebook. READ - When you hear the chime, start reading aloud! LISTEN - Hear the music and sounds respond to your voice and change with the story. Add a little magic to story time with Novel Effect. PRESS AND EXPERT REVIEWS Novel Effect was featured on Shark Tank, The TODAY Show, and in Forbes, Variety, Lifehacker, and more. “I felt like a real audiobook narrator. My five-year-old tried reading a book on her own… and amazingly, the system picked up her little voice and played the effects at all the right moments.” - Michelle Woo, Lifehacker "Not only did this tool help make poetry come alive for [my student], he asked me if he could try reading... I about fell out of my chair because he never wants to read aloud... and he has asked to go to the library to check out books that he can read along with the app." - Julie Smith, The Techie Teacher® "Wait until you see Novel Effect work with our book! This is an app you are going to have to download" - John Colaneri, HGTV's The Cousins and author "I think this is cool as cool can be… I love it, I love it!" - Lori Greiner, entrepreneur and investor on ABC’s Shark Tank SAFETY, PRIVACY, AND SUPPORT - Novel Effect requires access to the device's microphone to perform voice-recognition. - The privacy of kids and their grown-ups is our top priority. Voice-recognition is performed on your device, no voice data is saved without express consent. - Please go to or to learn more. KEY FEATURES • Hundreds of books with more added weekly • Also includes Spanish books • Online and offline reading • A reading log tracks books you’ve read with the app • Access Novel Effect’s digital library and soundscapes on almost any device Terms of Service


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Wow what a cool app for teachers and librarians!! I love it.
By katiesjfc


This app has some great stories and we loved it! More glitches now and with fewer “listens” per month for the free account, it is frustrating because restarting a book is considered another listen. Love the idea and bringing the joy to reading. Would like more listens or for the glitches to be fixed in the free account.
By Chapstickqueen

I am Rosa Parks

I really love the sound effects
By Reader Doo

Not happy

I have been using this app since it was released. It used to be one of my favorites and I shared it with many fellow educators. I’m extremely disappointed that it not costs so much money for the premium account for educators. This used to be a 5 star app and the new price plan drops it to 1.
By Angry!2021

Perfect for our kids imagination!

Found out about this app through the library. My kids and I felt in love with it. Awesome quality of background for the stories, accurate timings with the voice... SUPER recommend!
By sheila_cristofano_johnson

Awesome I guess

I love it but why? Why is this such a good app but you have to pay if there were no paying this would be the best app ever
By sally mally dally

My son is a huge fan!

We have discovered new books to read and I am excited about the wide variety of stories on the app! My son is a huge fan of the sound effects and likes how much that adds to our story time. Definitely recommending this to other parents with small kids!
By Msbenn321

Introduced paid plans

*** Update 02/08: The latest app update has now resulted in paid plans. This app while amazing, still has lots of bugs. I cannot imagine paying for something that does not work flawlessly. So I really love the concept. The first few books I tried worked great. But after the most recent update, the sound effects for several books are no longer play. For example, there was no pool splash at the end of Click Clack Moo. The team really needs to stress test the app to ensure that multiple reading of a book works consistently each time. I even tried removing and reinstalling the app, but still the same issue 😩. Please investigate and issue a fix asap! My kid loves the sound effects and I love reading to him! ***Update (12/1): After the recent update, the books started to work again. However, they again stopped working after 2-3 uses. Not sure why as nothing changed on my phone. DEVELOPERS - I'm not sure how else to ask you, but please stress test your app!!! ***Update (12/15): The app has pretty much stopped working over time. While the music and sound effects start, they promptly stop after a few minutes. Pretty sad and terrible performance!!! Do not bother with this app because you will forever be frustrated! I have 5 different books and NONE of them work consistently! I am using an iPhone 6 with iOS 10.3.3. I have tried with just the iPhone and with a Jambox external speaker via Bluetooth. Just total crap now. Not sure how else to say it. So disappointed. I would give 0 stars if I could.
By Juggy007

Amazing sound effects

Great background music and sound effects for a lot of books! I read books every day to my daughter.... she loves the silly sounds along with some of the scary laughs! Can’t wait to make my own sounds soon if they release a developer side.
By Jbjbjoe

Super Glitchy

The app has gotten too glitchy to use. It doesn’t recognize key words and gets stuck on the same sound. I’ve deleted and re-downloaded numerous times and cleared cache but it still doesn’t work right. Very aggravating so I’m deleting it for good.
By Mochuv


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