How to Choose Good eReaders for KidsCredit: iStockPhoto/bennyb

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.

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