By now, you need a $100 monthly Amazon budget if you want to subscribe to all of the company's paid plans and features. But if you still have a couple of dollars left in your pocket by the end of the month and you have kids that would enjoy an innovative reading experience, then you might be interested in adding another subscription to your payments.

Amazon Rapids is a quick reading and storytelling experience built around instant messaging. Stories unfold like chats between the different characters, a modern way to entice young readers between the ages 7 and 12, and introduce them to reading in a medium that they're familiar with.

The Android app is now live and it lets subscribers access hundreds of original stories, have them read aloud, view the glossary to check word definitions and pronunciations, and more. The app is free, the subscription costs $2.99/month with a 14-day trial to get started.

Amazon Rapids
Amazon Rapids
Developer: Amazon Mobile LLC
Price: Free