Anna had one big wish for her birthday – a Kindle device. She got her wish, but I was wondering whether she will really become a Kindle reader. After all, Kindle is not your average picture book. I’d say that electronic publishing for books is in its infancy at best. Most of free books available don’t have the best quality. Classical title come straight from Project Guttenberg and don’t have the best formatting. Some are poorly translated or never upgraded their language from their initial publishing date of a century ago. Most books, even the ones that are not free, don’t have pictures, or the pictures are not formatted correctly and merged into the text. Finally, there is an experience itself, which is quite different from reading a normal book. There is little feedback on progress outside the little bar on the bottom.
I must say, however, that Anna is quite happy and splits her reading time about equally now between paper books and Kindle books. We put about different 20 books on her Kindle (they mostly came from this list), and at first she had a hard time getting into any book long enough to get immersed in it. Finally, I read her the first chapter of Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit, and she was off to the races. She told me yesterday that it was the best book I’ve ever read, which is a pretty high praise from my book critic. So, in summary, our Kindle investment is working out well (we have our own Kindles too, by the way), and one thing is clear – reading method is not as important as the magic of a story itself.