Story Magic

Epic! opens the doors to a new world of reading for kids 12 and under by providing an unlimited selection of eBooks that can be instantly discovered, read and shared with friends. Personalized for each individual reader, Epic! is the only place to access thousands of high quality, curated children’s books without the need to purchase or download them one by one. Beautifully designed for mobile and featuring fun, game-like elements, Epic! provides kids with a personal library they can take anywhere. In a world of unlimited screen time, Epic! is a smart alternative to games and videos. The company, based in Palo Alto, California, is founded by Suren Markosian, serial entrepreneur and founder of social gaming leader CrowdStar, and Kevin Donahue, former YouTube, Google and Disney executive, with the support of top tier investors and veterans of the children’s publishing industry. The free Epic! iPad app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store. All readers receive a one-month free trial after which unlimited books are available for $9.99 per month or a discounted annual price of $79.99. To learn more about Epic!, please visit www.getepic.com.



about the company

Founders

Suren is the CEO and co-founder of Epic!, the first all-you-can-read e-book service built specifically for school-aged readers. He is a successful, serial entrepreneur and founder of several consumer tech startups, including CrowdStar, which rose to become one of the largest social gaming companies with over 200M users, second only to Zynga. Having created and successfully scaled large entertainment and e-commerce businesses to serve hundreds of millions of customers, Markosian is an expert in product design, gamification, technology, scalability, consumer growth and marketing.

Kevin Donahue is an entrepreneur, angel investor and advisor to early-stage companies. Currently, he is the co-founder of Epic!, the first all-you-can-read e-book service built specifically for school-aged readers. Before founding Epic!, Donahue worked at Google in Strategic Partnerships and was a member of YouTube’s original team, serving as Vice President of Content. As part of YouTube’s senior management team, Donahue was head of marketing and led content partnerships, successfully establishing and managing YouTube’s earliest partnerships with major entertainment and media companies. At YouTube, Donahue helped shape the company’s early content strategy and spoke on behalf of the company at conferences and in publications including Newsweek, Forbes and The New York Times. Prior to YouTube, Donahue was Director of Business Development at start-up, Akimbo Systems, an Internet-to-TV video on demand platform. Prior to Akimbo, Donahue was co-founder and Vice President of Product, then Vice President of Business Development for home page community start-up, Urbanite Network, Inc. Prior to Urbanite, Donahue led a large team at Turner New Media (Turner Broadcasting, Inc.), where he designed, launched and managed Cartoon Network’s web presence, working closely with world-class creative talent and developing innovative content around classic cartoon brands. Prior to Turner, Donahue was a producer with Disney/ABC Television’s Multimedia Group where he designed and managed ABC’s first online community for kids, creating award-winning games and educational content. Donahue began his career in television with DIC Entertainment and has written and developed series programming for Disney, ABC, Fox, Cartoon Network and others.

Story Magic in the press

Feb. 24, 2014

The Epic App Brings Kids’ Books To The iPad — And Makes Them More Fun, Too

aims to finally bridge that gap by bringing a totally kid-friendly bookshelf and book reading experience to the iPad. A lot of parents tend to want to limit “screen time” for their kids, and push them to read more books instead. So for many kids under the age of 12 or so, the iPad is for games and movies, and reading is mostly done on physical books. When it comes to stimulating kids’ imaginations and building their reading and vocabulary skills, it’s hard to get better than good old fashioned books. Co-founded by online gaming veteran Suren Markosian and former YouTube exec Kevin Donahue, Epic is an all-you-can-read app aimed at kids aged 12 and under that provides access to some 2,000 titles for online and offline reading.