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How to Choose Good eReaders for Kids

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How to Choose Good eReaders for Kids

Parents have many options when choosing eReaders for kids. The most popular devices will offer a wide variety of features to keep their kids reading as well as entertain them with other media. Quality in terms of display, page loading, storage, and battery life are important issues to consider before buying a device. Price is another factor to consider. This article will provide an overview of the most popular e-readers on the market today.

The Kindle is one of the most popular e-readers available for several reasons. Cost and quality are the biggest factors. You can get the basic model for under $100. The e-Ink display allows longterm reading without causing eyestrain. Plus, the battery life will last for up to a month, even with frequent use.  The basic model will store around 1,400 books, while the Kindle Touch, Keyboard, and DX will store between 3,000 and 3,500 books. The Fire will store up to 6,000 books.

The Kindle Fire is very similar to the iPad, offering many of the same features for $300 less than Apple charges. Teens will enjoy all of the models because they can read books and magazines, listen to audiobooks, and play games. They can download series or chapter books from Amazon’s vast catalog. Young children can read picture and multimedia books.

The Nook Color is an excellent choice for young readers because they can read picture books and interactive books that will allow them to participate in what they are reading. They can have stories read to them, or they can play any of the activities that are built into a story. Parents can record their own narration of classic and popular stories so that their child can hear their voice.

Teens will also enjoy surfing the web, downloading and playing popular apps, listen to songs, read comics and popular books, and watch movies or their favorite TV shows. They may also loan their books to friends who also have the Nook, plus check out books from their local libraries. A micro SD card slot is included to expand the memory so that they can store books in a variety of file formats. The battery will last for up to eight hours. It is priced at $169.

Barnes & Noble also offers the Simple Touch for $99. This basic e-reader has a battery that will last for up to two months. Teens can share books, check out books from their library, bookmark pages, adjust the screen fonts, and enjoy fast page turns. It is one of the smaller e-readers on the market, with a six-inch touch screen.

Sony offers several bundles for their e-reader. Their starter bundle costs $204.98. This device will store up to 1,200 titles and offers a battery that will last for a month before it needs to be recharged. It supports three content formats: EPUB, TXT, and PDF. Teens can take notes and highlight text, look up words in the built-in dictionary, listen to music or audiobooks, create book collections, check out library books, and surf the web.

Pandigital offers an Android multimedia tablet and color e-reader. Kids may access the Barnes & Noble catalog to download books, songs, movies, apps, and more. This device comes with a built-in Wi-Fi and three custom data plans for cellular use. Teens can do word searches, use a virtual keyboard, use multiple bookmarks, highlight text, and adjust the font size. They also offer a basic touch e-reader that offers a variety of features. Other features include web surfing, audio, photo viewer, games, an alarm clock, and a calendar.

Hanvon sells 5-inch, 6-inch, and 9-inch devices. The WISEreader C920 has the most to offer for kids. The device comes with Wi-Fi to enable web browsing. Features include note taking and handwriting, a calendar, a contact list, games, and a voice recorder and music player. Readers can adjust the size, line spacing and orientation. They may also jump to particular a particular page, bookmark a page, or search for a passage in the book.

Google has partnered with iriver to produce their own e-reader, priced at $139.99. This iriver Story HD uses a QWERTY keyboard, a Wi-Fi connection, and includes access to Google’s vast library, which includes over three million free ebooks and hundreds of thousands of paid ebooks. It allows kids to read books through Wi-Fi so that they do not have to download and transfer ebooks from their computer to their reading device. It comes with 2GB of storage and is expandable to 32GB. The battery will last up to 10 weeks.

Parents must decide which features their children will like most and read what other customers have to say about these devices. Then, they will determine if the price will fit their budget. This will give them a solid starting point when choosing good eReaders for kids.

Choosing an eBook Reader



Apr 3, 2012 6:54pm
Which do you personally think are the best ones? Lots of choices there :)
Apr 3, 2012 7:10pm
I own the original nook and nook color, plus the Kindle third generation, DX and the touch. Both nooks are tucked away somewhere because their touch technology was too buggy. The Kindle has become my favorite, especially the touch model. All I have to do is hover my finger over the right side of the screen and the page will turn.

I had planned to get the Kindle Fire last Christmas, but the reviews made me wait. A couple of my friends have the Fire and enjoy it. But one of them told me that they had problems keeping items (music or ebooks) on her device. Somehow, the items would always move back to the Cloud and she would have to download them again. I'm going to wait for the second generation comes out and see if these bugs are improved.
Apr 3, 2012 7:13pm
Oh, and I tried to use the Sony eReader at Best Buy but wasn't impressed with it. The user interface was not very friendly, right out of the box. Hopefully, it comes with a good manual.
Apr 4, 2012 4:28am
My first reader was a Sony of some description, I think the Pocket. Bit basic now, but I was happy with it. I was considering a Kindle Fire or Touch 3G, but the Fire isn't out here yet and the Touch 3G has only just been released. I actually got a PlayBook, because it was vastly reduced.
Apr 4, 2012 12:11pm
How do you like the PlayBook?
Apr 4, 2012 1:11pm
It does what I wanted - reads ebooks (although I had to buy an app for £1) and also allows me to read articles on websites easily, which isn't comfortable on a PC or laptop and my Sony wasn't capable of. I'm pretty happy with it. Wouldn't have advised getting it at full price though, or most other tablets. For that sort of money I'd rather buy a new laptop.

The Kindle Fire is the only reasonably priced tablet other than reduced PlayBooks.
Apr 4, 2012 1:56pm
I'm still considering getting the Kindle Fire, but have decided to wait until the next generation comes out. Hopefully that generation will iron out some bugs that I've read about. I'm also hopeful that more apps will be developed. I use a recipe management software on my Mac that I would love to see developed for the Fire.
Apr 4, 2012 2:03pm
I thought the Fire used Android? Or am I mistaken? Didn't really look into it fully, seeing as I couldn't buy one here.
Apr 4, 2012 4:07pm
It does. Sorry for the confusion. If I do get the Fire, I'll have to see if I can download apps from other Android resources.
Apr 4, 2012 5:08pm
That's actually the biggest problem with the PlayBook; it uses it's own app store, and not the Android one.
Apr 4, 2012 6:31pm
I just looked up android app store on Google and found Amazon's main app store, which has many recipe apps. Now, I'm very tempted to get the Fire.
Apr 5, 2012 1:11am
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed my article.
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