Readeo is a new startup which is, in it’s simplest form, something every grandparent wants – but just doesn’t know it yet.

Basically, it’s reading children’s books over video chat. Here’s how it works:

My parents in Oregon would log into Readeo and pick a book they’d want to read my son. There’s a video chat at the bottom of the screen so they can see and hear each other, and at the top of the screen is a digital copy of the book they picked. As Grandma reads the book and turns the pages, my son can follow along and sees the pages turn.

Take a look-see here:


They’ve partnered with publishers like Simon & Schuster and Chronicle Books so they have some legit titles. It’s ideal for grandparents who aren’t close to their kids/grandkids or parents who travel a lot.

Why do I mention all this? Well, first of all I think it’s a great product. Second, it was created (at least in part) by a friend of mine, Brett Crockett. And Mr. Crockett was good enough to hook me up with a special coupon code just for loyal readers of this fine site.

The normal free trial period is 14 days. But if you go here and enter theotherdrummer into the promo code box when you check out you can get a month free.

A free month. Go for it. Tell your friends. And let me know what you think of the idea in the comments.