FAQ Page

SUBSCRIPTION

Can more than one child use the subscription?

Yes! You will be able to have multiple profiles within a single subscription, which is coming very soon and pricing is subject to change.

Why isn’t Bookbot free?

We have continual running costs such as book writing and illustrating, voice recognition services and app maintenance.

Because we genuinely want to help children to read, we do offer free books for kids. The generosity of people who share our mission helps us to do this.

Visit our Patreon page to find out more and, if you can, to help us develop more free books.

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Can I subscribe for just one month?

Yes, you can. We don’t hold you to any minimum subscription terms. However, we hope that Bookbot will help your child throughout their reading journey.

Is it easy to stop my subscription?

Yes, subscriptions are monthly and you can decide to stop at any time.

TECHNICAL ISSUES

Which devices does Bookbot work on?

Upon release, Bookbot will be compatible with iPads and iPhones. Android phones and Android tablets will follow soon after. In the future, Bookbot will be released for Windows, Mac and Chromebooks too.

Does Bookbot need to learn my child’s voice?

Bookbot picks up most words, but it sometimes needs to think about what was said. After it hears difficult words a couple of times it gets faster at understanding. The most important thing is to speak clearly and avoid background noise.

Can I add my own books to Bookbot?

No, each book has to be prepared for the voice recognition system. Bookbot uses its own library of decodable reading books that are designed to take readers through the reading journey. We are always adding new books - if you have any ideas of the type of book your little reader would like to read with Bookbot, please do let us know.

GETTING STARTED

I’m interested. How do I get started?

Bookbot works on a monthly subscription basis. If would like to start your subscription just click here.

I’ve paid my subscription. How do I get started?

You should receive an email with download and onboarding instructions. Here's what it will look like:

Thanks for purchasing the app! We're so excited for you and we can't wait to share Bookbot with you. 

Once you've downloaded it, just follow the instructions that Bookbot gives you and you’re good to go!

If you haven’t received the email, please contact us and we’ll get it sorted.

READING ISSUES

What is phonics?

Many scientific studies have proven that explicit systematic phonics instruction is the most effective way to teach children to read. That sounds pretty complicated, but in simple terms:

Teaching phonics means teaching children the sounds made by individual letters or letter groups. So, the letter ‘c’ makes a ‘k’ sound. Once the sounds are learnt, the little reader learns to merge - or blend - the separate sounds to make a word. So, the sounds ‘k’, ‘a’ and ‘t’ make ‘cat’. It’s about teaching children to decode letters into their corresponding sounds.

Teaching explicit phonics means that children are taught directly about the associations between letters and sounds. Alternative approaches expect children to learn that indirectly.

Learning the code is like a journey: you have to start at the beginning. The process starts with simple letter sound rules and then moves on to more complex patterns and rules. It is a methodical, or systematic, process.

What are decodable books?

Decodable books follow the phonics system of learning to read (see What is phonics?) Our library of decodable books has been created to follow a systematic programme of phonics. The little reader is introduced to letter patterns and sounds and taught to blend them to decode the words: ‘k’ ‘a’ ‘t’ makes cat - that’s why they’re called decodable books. The books introduce new letters and sounds as they progress through the levels.

Bookbot’s library of decodable books is growing all the time. If you have any ideas for new books that your little reader would like to read with Bookbot, please do let us know.

Could Bookbot discourage children from reading if they find it too difficult?

This is a really important question: the last thing we want is to discourage our readers

Our solution is to select books that are at just the right level for the child using the app. We do this through the onboarding process which is completed the first time the child uses Bookbot. Through algorithmic correction, books will be easy enough to help with confidence, whilst being hard enough to stimulate growth.

Is Bookbot appropriate for young students with dyslexia and other learning issues?

Bookbot is specifically designed for dyslexic readers from the bottom up. Everything from design to font to brightness has been optimised to give users with learning difficulties the ideal experience.

Will it work for children with foreign accents (or who are learning English)?

Yes it will. We do say that Bookbot might take a little time to get used to your accent but as long as the child reads clearly this really shouldn’t take long.

What reading level does Bookbot start at?

Bookbot takes readers from the very beginning of their reading journey right through to them becoming confident independent readers.

Which devices will Bookbot work on?

Upon release, Bookbot will be compatible with iPads, iPhones, Android phones and Android tablets. In the future, Bookbot will be released for Windows, Mac and Chromebooks as well.

What can people expect to pay for the app?

There are continual running costs, such as book licensing, book preparation, voice recognition services and app maintenance.

With these running costs in mind, we estimate a monthly subscription price of around $10 USD. The subscription price may be subject to change.

Why not have the app just work with website

While Bookbot is helpful for struggling learners of all ages, the main focus of the app is to help readers from the ages of 5 to 15. This requires a bit of extra consideration – children's books and decodable readers specifically.

Another issue is the books themselves. The books need to be processed and tested to ensure that they work correctly with the speech system.

And finally, having control over the books allows the algorithm to select the appropriate books for the child’s reading level. This is very important, as text that is too simple will not stimulate progress and text that is too difficult might frustrate or discourage the user.

Can I help?

You certainly can! There are a variety of ways that anyone can help Bookbot. Here are a few of our ideas, but if you’ve got ideas of your own, please contact us on Facebook Messenger:

If you have social media marketing experience, you can help with writing posts and driving engagement. Please get in touch with us on Facebook Messenger if that interests you.

If you are a tutor or teacher in Melbourne and would like to help with testing, you can contact us on Facebook Messenger.

If you want to help promote Bookbot, you can share our promotional videos and Facebook pages.

Can multiple children use the same app?

Yes! You will be able to have multiple profiles within a single subscription. At the moment we are pricing the subscription the same for families, but this may change in future.

Could Bookbot discourage children from reading if they find it too difficult?

We’ve thought about this as well. Our solution is to select books that are at just the right level for the child using the app. Through algorithmic correction, books will be easy enough to help with confidence, while also hard enough to stimulate growth.

Is your product user-friendly for young students with dyslexia and other learning issues?

Bookbot is specifically designed for dyslexic readers from the bottom up. Everything from design to font to brightness has been optimised to give users with learning difficulties the ideal experience.

Will it work for children with foreign accents (or who are learning English)?

Yes it will.

What reading level does this start at?

We will start with beginning reading levels all the way up to confident readers.

Will it be available in the USA?

It certainly will. In fact, most of our interest comes from the USA.

Will it need to learn your child’s voice?

Bookbot picks up most words, but sometimes he needs to think about what was said. After it hears difficult words a couple of times he gets faster at understanding what was pronounced.

Can I add my child’s school books to this?

At the moment, we have to prepare each book for the voice recognition system. We're first going to focus on decodable reading books that are designed for new readers.

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