The Best eBook Reader for Children – Which One?

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You can’t fail to have noticed the eBook reader trend of recent years. More and more of us are ditching paper books in favor of lightweight readers that’ll let us carry hundreds of titles with us wherever we go. Although it’s easy enough to find the best eBook readers for adults, what about eBook readers for kids?

Should Kids Even Use eBook Readers?

First things first, are eBook readers even a good idea for our children? As with anything, there are pros and cons. Many parents already use technology as a learning tool for children, and eBook readers can provide extra features that real books just can’t, such as sound and video. True, you could use a computer for this, but an eBook reader provides a much safer environment for a child.

EBooks themselves also come with a number of benefits, not least the fact that they’re digital and don’t clutter up your home! As long as the books you need are available in eBook form, you can help the environment and save space in the home or in your child’s backpack.

The only real downside is that eBook readers themselves are expensive, and the eBooks can be too. This is especially true for eReaders designed with kids in mind, where there are only a very limited, relatively expensive range of titles available to buy.

Choosing The Best eBook Readers For Children

Many of the eBook readers on the market for adults are designed to look as much like paper books as possible. As such, they have very plain designs and black and white screens using “e-Ink” technology. Although e-Ink is easy on the eyes and pleasant to read, it might not really inspire your child to get reading more often.

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Kindle 3 – The Best eReader on the Market

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The new Kindle 3 ebook reader is out on the market and flooding the streets with its mighty awesomeness! One of the best electronic book readers on the market today, the Amazon Kindle 3 offers stunning performance for all you book lovers out there!

The new Kindle is available in two versions; one of them is priced at around $140, and can connect to the internet exclusively through private or public WI-FI networks. The other Kindle 3 version is priced at around $190 and it comes with Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. The free, built-in 3G connectivity uses the same technology as cell phones, making it possible to download or purchase any product or file from any location with cell service! Now that’s what I call mobility! The 3G version of this ebook reader is available in two colors, graphite and classic white!

Both of these cool gadgets use the new E-ink “Pearl” display, which offers higher contrast than precedent models and also a faster refresh rate! Despite this fact, it is in fact slower than traditional LCD displays.

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A Guide To Reading Kindle eBooks On Third Party Devices

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Kindle eBooks are becoming more and more popular – and the good news is that you can still read them even if you don’t own a Kindle, or you don’t have a Kindle on you.

All of Amazon’s Kindle apps are free to download from the Amazon website, and mean that even people who don’t own a Kindle can still read Kindle eBooks! If you wish to buy any Kindle books, all you need to do is sign up for an account through Amazon and purchase in the same way as you would with any other item on the Amazon website.

Kindle For PC, Mac, iPhone And iPad

Amazon have created applications for reading Kindle books on both Mac and PC. The app is simple to use and makes use of the full size of your screen for reading eBooks.

If you own an iPhone or an iPad then don’t think you’re limited to Apple’s own eBook reading app. In fact, go to the app store and you’ll find Kindle available to download for free, helping to expand its use even further.

Shopping For New Books

Not only do the Kindle apps for PC, Mac, iPhone and iPad mean you can read your Kindle books in different ways, you can also buy them through these apps, too! Search for and download free samples of books you may be interested in reading, and buy the full version if you like it. Or buy from the Amazon.com website – the choice is yours.

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The Kindle DX: Is This Bigger eBook Reader Worth The Price Tag?

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Pros Of The Kindle DX The larger screen means you’ll get a lot more text on the page, making the DX far easier to read and easier on the eyes. It also means that books are displayed more as they were intended to. Although this doesn’t always matter, when it comes to things like poetry, layout is key to getting the feeling of the words on the screen. The Kindle DX is perfect for this.

The newest Kindle DX also has far better contrast than any of the other previous models. This takes it one step further into being just as easy and as comfortable to read as a real book – something that Amazon pride themselves on with all their Kindle models.

Cons Of The Kindle DX

Because of its large size and extra features, the Kindle DX costs a lot more than the regular Kindle. In fact, it costs around twice as much as the 3G + WiFi version of the Kindle! This is certainly not within the price bracket of most casual users.

In fact, the high price of the Kindle DX means that it is barely cheaper than buying a more multifunctional device such as the iPad 2. The latter can perform a huge range of different functions through the use of apps, where the former is for reading. However, it’s important to bear in mind that, as an eBook reader, the Kindle DX still has the edge in terms of the screen being easy on the eyes, readable in sunlight and more like a “real” book.

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Amazon Kindle Offers Preview of Latest Software Update

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Amazon has released a software update for its popular e-reader Kindle. The software update will allow Kindle users to network with other users in the larger Kindle community and it will also convert the entire process of reading and reviewing books into a seamless whole. The major highlights of the software update are listed below. Public Notes The Public Notes feature will allow users to share book notes and remarks with other Kindle users. The feature will also allow users to track other users and access Public Notes posted by them. This Kindle meets Twitter feature is the most important aspect of the latest software update. → Read More

Kindle’s Popularity Forces Competitors to Slash Prices

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The nascent but fast growing e-reader market in the United States has largely been dominated by Amazon’s Kindle since its debut back in 2007. In addition to Kindle, Apple’s multi-purpose iPad tablet and Barnes and Noble’s Nook have also made significant inroads into the e-reader space. This has made life difficult for the dozen or so newcomers in this segment. To stay in the reckoning, these companies are now offering their e-readers at a substantial discount to the established players like Kindle and Nook which are currently available at $139 and $149 respectively. Some of the most “attractive” offers are detailed below. → Read More

Samsung Enters E-Reader Market with LiquaVista Acquisition

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Samsung Electronics’ recent acquisition of Liquavista will help it gain significant market share in the hot e-reader market. Netherlands based Liquavista uses its proprietary electrowetting cell technology to manufacture digital displays for all mobile devices including e-readers. Johan Feenstra, appointed CEO of Liquavista post acquisition, feels that being part of Samsung will help Liquavista’s electrowetting technology reach the global market at an accelerated pace. Liquavista was acquired by Samsung in an all-cash deal for an undisclosed amount. Liquavista’s base technological platform LiquavistaBright has led to the development of other platforms like LiquavistaColor and the latest LiquavistaVivid. → Read More