From January, every one of Nosy Crow's paperback picture books (and existing picture book titles, as they come up for re-print) will come with a FREE audio reading using children's voices, complete with sound effects and original music. To activate the audio reading, all you have to do is scan a QR code on the inside cover of the book, and the audio will be streamed from the web (over 3G or WiFi).
I tested this out with The Princess And The Peas, using an android phone and a standard not-so-good 3G connection, and it worked fantastically well. Of course, the true test will come once the books are published and lots of people are trying to stream the audio at the same time.
Personally, I hope Kate and her team reconsider the use of children's voices across the board for the audio, but it's a great innovation and heralds the end of those book + CD bundles.
Read more here: http://nosycrow.com/stories-aloud