FAQ - frequently asked questions

What is uTales?

uTales is a world of digital picture books for kids, driven by a worldwide community of passionate and professional writers and illustrators.

uTales is both a website and an app, but more importantly uTales is one big disruptive idea. We’re a global community aiming to innovate and improve the concept of books in every way we can. We’re making picture books more modern and engaging. We’re making a greater variety of picture books more accessible for kids everywhere. We’re eliminating boundaries for talented storytellers to get published. And we’re trying to make the world a little better for kids, one story at a time.

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How does uTales insure the quality of the books?

Only books approved by uTales will be featured in the uTales store and apps. uTales is proud to have an internationally diverse editorial advisory panel in place to approve all books before they are published to insure and uphold the highest safety and quality standards for our readers. This panel is made up of award-winning professional editors, authors, illustrators, and educators.

Our UQEP panel is led by children’s book editor and consultant, Emma D. Dryden, who has, over the course of the past twenty-five years, edited and published hundreds of books for young readers in her work with Margaret K. McElderry Books and Atheneum Books for Young Readers, imprints of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing. Emma oversees drydenbks, her own children’s book consultancy company, is a member of the American Library Association, and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators Board of Advisors.

How do I support charity by using uTales?

We are very proud to have a partnership with Pencils of Promise, and that we, together with our uTalers, help them build schools in developing countries. Our uTalers have the choice to give up to 100% of their earnings to support Pencils of Promise – so every time you read one of their books, you bring education to a child in need.

Beyond that, we create specific uTales books with 100% of the earnings going to Pencils of Promise – and we hope to be doing even more together with PoP in the future. We’re building uTales for the kids.

For more information on Pencils of Promise, check out their fantastic website

I’m broke – how can I make my full uTales access last longer?

If you want free access to uTales (knowing that will also mean no support for charity), you can find value in your friends. For each beloved friend you invite and who then signs up for a free uTales trial, you get another three days of full access to all uTales books. And for each friend who downloads our free app, you get another 10 days of full access. We all know sharing is caring, but it also means more picture book enjoyment for you and your kids!

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Can I end my uTales subscription at any time?

Yes you can.

For how long will I keep books I have purchased on uTales?

For as long as you have an account registered with us.

How do I create books on uTales.com?

Simply start a new book in our create tool

Once your book is approved by our UQEP panel (a process that generally takes from a few days up to two weeks), it will be available globally on uTales.com and in the uTales apps.

Check out this blog post to find out exactly how to create your uTales books.

Do I give away all my rights as a creator?

No, of course not! We are trying to offer the most transparent and simple setup on the market. You’ll find all our terms on the website, but in short you give us the right to sell and distribute your content – all other rights you keep. You will still have the copyright to your material, and you are free to use it in other contexts or set up deals with others for merchandise, printed books, movie deals etc. No problem. We believe that being good to our users will always pay off!

How does the payment and charity setup for creators work?

The customers can either purchase separate stories for $2.99-$7.99 (as a creator you set your own price for each story), or they can access all stories with a monthly subscription for $4.99/month. For both separate sales and subscriptions, 60% of the earnings after transaction costs (PayPal and payment system providers) will go to the uTalers. In the subscription mode, the total subscription earnings are divided between all uTalers depending on their relative number of reads in the subscription mode.

As a uTaler, you can then choose to give between 10-100% of your earnings to support Pencils of Promise when building schools in developing countries.

Can I collaborate with other creators?

Sure thing! Once you have started a new book, you can easily invite other uTalers or friends to co-create the book with you. Just click “Add co-creators” and then enter the name of the uTaler, or the email address of your friend, to invite them. All earnings from the book will then be divided evenly between the co-creators. You can also find co-creators by joining our collaboration group on Facebook .

Where can I follow my sales statistics?

When logged in, each uTaler can access their latest statistics for
individual sales and number of reads in the earnings section . There, you can also see how much you have earned so far and how much you have supported Pencils of Promise with.

Can I create books in multiple languages?

Yes you can. In the create tool, you can already now create books in many different languages. Over time as the different language libraries grow to become big enough, they will be launched on uTales.com and in the uTales app so that consumers can access those languages as well.

Where can I stay up to date with the latest news?

Simply join us on Facebook and Twitter, where we give you the latest news and always welcome conversation. 

I’m a journalist or blogger looking for more information – who do I contact?

Simply send us an email: press@utales.com