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There are loads and loads of interactive books for tablets aimed at helping kids learn to read. The new Ruckus Reader aims to stand apart from the crowd by helping to evaluate how a child is doing while reading. The app then emails mom or dad a progress report once a week highlighting where the child is doing well and where they need some help.
The app determines the child’s progress through word games played throughout the story and a comprehension puzzle at the end to see how much detail the child remembers from the story. The titles range from My Little Pony to Transformers.
Ruckus Reader is a free app for iOS devices. Individual books range in price from free to $5.99 or you can get a six-month subscription for $24.99 for full access to the library.
Lonely Planet Country Guides
For the traveler, Lonely Planet Country Guides is offering some new e-guides which have the advantage of working entirely offline. In other words, all the content is stored on your device so when you're abroad, you can turn your wireless data off to avoid those overseas roaming fees.
The app allows you to keep just your GPS on so that you can still find yourself on the maps in there. Lonely Planet guides are available for iOS devices for $9.99 apiece.
They're currently offering guides in Italy, Ireland, Australia, France, Spain and Costa Rica.