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From BookBox is essentially a web-based jukebox of digital books in languages from around the world. It synchronizes the text, audio, and visual media to create an educational and entertaining reading experience for children and even adults who still have a child in them! Based on proven methods of Same Language Subtitling (SLS), BookBox aims to not only enhance children's basic literacy, but also facilitate their proficiency in foreign languages.

The mission of BookBox is to create outstantding audio-visual “books” for children below 10 years of age in a variety of languages. The primary goal of BookBox is to not only promote a love for reading through extremely edutaining and culturally inclusive content from around the world, but also to give automatic reading practice to children.

BookBox is based on a methodology called Same Language Subtitling (SLS) where a child can relate the phonetic sounds with the visual subtitles to accelerate reading skill development. When SLS is integrated into a "book", reading happens automatically and subconsciously, as proven through sophisticated eye-tracking research.

BookBox engages local authors to create or adapt stories based on their individual cultures and traditions. An editorial committee selects stories on an on-going basis and anyone can be a BookBox author! We review and select stories anonymously and only those that bring cultural, social, and educational values to its readers.



  • Most books appear to be in English.
  • There are also large collections in Spanish, Mandarin, and Hindi.
  • A much smaller number of books are available, spread out among ~21 other languages.


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  • Scripting (any scripting needed to convert it from curent packaging)

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