TEXT ME A STORY: Amazon this week launched a reading application for kids in the form of chat sessions. At $3 a month, the Rapids app uses characters to tell the stories to kids in back-and-forth chats. In one, an alien is texting about invading Earth, and in another two chickens are texting about crossing the road. Amazon Education figures a lot of kids are already chatting with friends and family on their mobile devices, so it worked with the company’s Kindle team to build Rapids and add new stories every month. Stories now are targeted at kids between 7 and 12 years old, and parents can get a free two-week trial now.