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Unlimited and simultaneous access to over 10,000 high-interest titles from leading publishers

Tales2go is a subscription audiobook service for K12 schools. Founded by committed entrepreneurs and former educators, the company believes that every student can achieve reading proficiency through repeated exposure to spoken sophisticated words. Many students lack such exposure, which is the basis of vocabulary acquisition and retention. Word knowledge is a key component of reading proficiency. Tales2go is used to develop vocabulary, fluency and comprehension skills in a rapidly expanding number of schools and districts across the U.S., including Los Angeles USD, Berkeley USD, White Plains Public School District, Needham Public Schools, and Heartland AEA.

Unique Features

Instant, unlimited and simultaneous access to the complete catalog of name-brand titles PreK through High School

Student bookmarks remember where users ended their previous listening session

Single access point for both school and home use through MackinVIA

One price for access to over 10,000 titles regardless of the number of users

Children must be good listeners before they can become great readers

Repeated exposure to sophisticated spoken words drives vocabulary acquisition and retention, a key component of reading proficiency. Tales2go makes it easy and cost-effective to surround students with spoken sophisticated words, in school and at home, by streaming over 10,000 high-interest audiobook titles from leading publishers to any desktop, laptop, and most mobile devices.

Berkeley USD Case Study


Berkeley Unified School District in California is made up of almost 10,000 students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Berkeley USD ran a 5-site Pilot in the 2014-2015

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school year, and recently expanded to a full Tales2go subscription in all 11 Elementary sites for the 2015-2016 school year. BUSD takes pride in their small class sizes, diversity, and commitment to engaging their students in enriching subjects. They receive Title 1 funding and over 40% of students district-wide receive free and reduced lunch.

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Literacy is a key initiative in Berkeley USD. They have literacy coaches at every school and the district understands the need for literacy in all fields.

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They also know that listening is part of literacy. They needed to be able to provide extra reading support at one price point, have ease of access and ease of use, especially for elementary users.

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Emerson Elementary Librarian and Berkeley Teacher Librarian, Mary Ann Scheuer, is an innovative thinker and educator and is always looking for ways to

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encourage students to embrace literacy.

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Students in BUSD use Tales2go in a multitude of ways. They listen together in groups, color while they listen to a story, or just listen to escape to a different world.

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Kids even want to give up their recess time to listen to Tales2go! Educators, including ELL teachers at some of the Berkeley sites, immerse students in the language and the concepts Tales2go provides during literacy rotations or quiet reading time. Students are required to read 30 minutes per night and Tales2go is an option for completing that assignment.

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The educators at Berkeley USD found that Tales2go increases the motivation to read, which leads to closing the word gap. Students are able to

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listen at a higher level and are even able to join book clubs about books they may not have otherwise been able to read. Not only are their struggling readers listening, but some of their passionate readers are listening as well. They now have untethered access to thousands of titles without having to go to the public library.

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  • We needed to find a new way to support and provide access to audio books…at the end of the day, I want kids to love reading…The way they’re going to do that is by finding a story that lights their imagination on fire. Audio books, especially ones with fantastic narrators, have that ability to tap into somebody’s imagination and make it blossom… Audio books provide one way into, and an important way into, building listening comprehension.

    Mary Ann Scheuer Berkeley Teacher Librarian

Licensing and Access

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Renewal Required: You must renew this subscription every year.
Lifetime Access: You only need to purchase this product one time.
Simultaneous Access: More than one person can use this product at the same time.
Multi-School Incremental Discounts: Discounts available if purchasing for more than one school/location. Contact Mackin for discount information
Multi-Year Discounts: Discounts available if purchasing for more than one consecutive year. Contact Mackin for discount information
Content Correlation: NF=Nonfiction F=Fiction

Minimum System Requirements

Desktop Player:

Mac OS

  • Intel Core™ Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
  • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
  • 256MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
  • 1024×768 or higher monitor screen resolution
  • Minimum browser versions: Safari 5.0, Mozilla Firefox 20.0, Google Chrome 5, or Opera 11.5


  • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel® Atom™ 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
  • Microsoft® Windows® XP (32 bit), Windows Server® 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista® (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8
  • 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
  • 1024×768 or higher monitor screen resolution
  • Minimum browser versions: Safari 5.0, Mozilla Firefox 20.0, Google Chrome 5, or
    Opera 11.5

iOS app:

  • Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch & iPad. iOS 8 or later
  • Internet connection needed to access content

There are earlier versions of the Tales2go app available on the Apple app store. The store should download the highest version that is compatible with your iOS device. Earlier versions of the Tales2go will allow stories to be listened to but may not provide access to newer functionality.

Android app:

  • Compatible with most Android mobile devices running Android 4.2 or later
  • Internet connection needed to access content

NOTE: Tales2go does not have a supported App for Kindle or Nook devices