Saturday, November 3, 2012

Oct19_Birthday

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.

Oct23_KindleI 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.

9 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

I agree with you that a good story will hold the reader's attention, regardless of the method!

I could see Emma enjoying a Kindle Touch - not sure she has the patience for the buttons on the original (which it looks like is the one you got Anna?)

Michele Latham said...

I can see how a Kindle would be handy, but don't know what I think about reading a book when I can't feel the paper when I turn the pages!

Debbie said...

We've talked about getting a Kindle, but probably not before next year.

Ticia said...

We've got a Nook, and really enjoy it, but I agree there's something about the tactile of an actual book.

For some of the classic books you should check out Heritage History CDs. We have been loving those books in our history this year.

Momand Kiddo said...

This is interesting to me. I have often thought about getting a kindle - I can check library books out on it, an idea which I love. However, I have worried that New Kid will just want to play with the buttons and Kiddo will choose it over paper books. But it looks like maybe that wouldn't happen. (well, New Kid will still want to press the buttons!)

Julie said...

C's friend is getting a Kindle for his birthday next month. I've thought of getting C a Nook (since I have a Nook) for Christmas but he loves to reread and flip back and forward in books, so I'm not sure whether he'd like it. Still tempting, though, since he's now reading 600 page books which are pretty bulky!!

Miss Courtney said...

You should definitely check if your library loans Kindle books, mine does. We don't have an e-reader, but I download some to my laptop. They are by popular authors and have wonderful formatting with vivid images.

Bethany said...

I agree with your assessment about children's eBooks being at their infancy. I will say though after months of doing my free eBook lists I have seen marked improvement in the quality of books. I would love for you to check out my lists sometime and see what you think. We do read mostly traditional picture books though in our home since the size of the books makes for a much better reading experience for a small child.

I love the Five Children and It and have actually been reading bits and pieces of it to my preschooler.

Renee C. said...

There are so many amazing children's books available for the Kindle. So many that are free and so many that are dirt cheap too! We were sold a long time ago. My daughter book herself an ereader about a year ago and she uses it all the time. Although she still does do the odd hard copy as well.

BTW, my little guy was also born October 2006 (the 30th)! :)

Visiting from The Children's Bookshelf. Have a wonderful week!

Renee
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