My daughter is a reader! She amazes me. She loves her eReader, as well as paper books. The eReader is convenient for buying new books, and it doesn’t take up much space on her overflowing bookshelf. Without a library within 100 miles of our home, the eReader is the best solution for keeping her turning pages.
Eight months ago, I shared with your our experiences with eReaders. At that time, her Kindle was new. As promised, here is an update on our eReader experiences.
As mentioned previously, our experience with the first generation Nook was terrible. The device was extremely buggy, troublesome, and difficult to get to work as designed. It broke just two weeks after the warranty expired, and Barnes and Noble would not help us. Obviously, we did not purchase a new one; it was too great of a risk to try a newer generation Nook. Maybe we got a lemon, maybe we should have purchased an extended warranty…it doesn’t matter. Our Nook experience sucked, and we almost gave up on eReaders!
The iPad is super cool; there is no doubt. We use it for everything except as an eReader. For children (and their parents), all of the other apps are a distraction from reading. The backlighting and graphics makes for more of a media experience rather than simply reading a book. It’s much flashier. If your goal is to inspire your child to read more, the iPad is not the best choice. If your goal is have a multi-functional device, then the iPad is the winner.
The Kindle is the best eReader for children (and adults). It works predictably and consistently. The battery lasts much longer than the iPad or Nook. Purchasing books is super easy whether from the device or on Amazon. It is durable, lightweight, perfectly sized, etc. It’s what an eReader should be. When we traveled to Italy this summer, we even saw Italian children reading on Kindles on the trains, not Nooks or iPads.
Of course, there are other eReaders on the market, but we would recommend the Kindle for your child hands down! Reliable, easy to use, and dedicated just to reading, it is sure to inspire your child to read more!