Are parents ready for the e-book revolution?

» Posted by on Mar 9, 2012 in Kids and e-Books | Comments Off on Are parents ready for the e-book revolution?

9-year-old Maddie reading her Nook

Two years ago, in a Huff Post article, studies showed that while kids were on board with the e-book revolution, their parents were slow to follow.

“Children are ready to try e-books, with some thinking that a bigger selection of electronic texts would make reading for fun even more fun, according to a new study. But a solid majority of parents aren’t planning to join the digital revolution.

The 2010 Kids and Family Reading Report, released Wednesday and commissioned by Scholastic Inc., offers a mixed portrait of e-books and families. Around six out of 10 of those between ages 9 and 17 say they’re interested in reading on an electronic device such as the Kindle or the iPad. Around one out of three from the same age group say they’d read more “for fun” if more books were available on a digital reader.”

Our kids love e-Books and so do we as their parents. Maddie, our 9-year-old, already has her own Nook and reads it every night. If we’d known about KDP Select and all the free books that would come from it, we would have bought her a Kindle, but we already had three Kindles in our home, so we thought we’d mix it up.

I have a Kindle Touch, Dmytry has a Kindle Fire and we have a spare Kindle for Lexie and Bella to read.

We all love the e-book option for many reasons.

1 – E-books don’t take up room in our house. While I love being surrounded by books, I don’t love packing them and moving them and finding a place for them in our smaller homes. The e-Readers we have let us carry entire bookstores around with us and let us share books with each other easily, since we’re all on the same account.

2 – Kids books often get torn apart and written in or destroyed. While you might argue that an expensive e-Reader would be more likely to become damaged, the reverse has been true. Our kids handle the e-Readers with care and they hold up well. I think I’ve dropped my Kindle more than anyone else, and it’s still going strong. They’re not as fragile as you might think.

3 – There are a lot of great, inexpensive books available as e-Books that would cost a lot more in paperback. I published my children’s series as e-Books first, and they have full color illustrations in them for chapter books. This is a new hybrid that you won’t see much in print, but I think will start to become more popular online. The print copy for the omnibus of The Three Lost Kids will cost a lot, given that it’s more expensive to print in full color. But the e-Books are only $4.99 and my publishers at Evolved occasionally do a free give away of one of the books. This is true of many books these days, so it’s worth considering for parents on a budget. (And let’s face it, who isn’t on one?)

I don’t see a downside to the e-Book revolution, for parents or kids. They enjoy reading more, they have more access to great books and we save money on those books. What’s not to love about all of this? When I hear my 6-year-old with her Kindle reading Lexie World, the book she inspired, it makes me so happy.

How can anything that inspires the love of reading in our kids be a bad thing?