What are E-books?
A digital book or e-book is a digital form of a regular book that can be downloaded to a reading device such as the Apple iPad, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and more. The readers for the digital books vary in quality, size, and price. Digital books provide an opportunity for children, as well as adults, to download a variety of electronic texts from fiction to nonfiction to textbooks. The lightweight readers helps make carrying books to school a much easier task with their small size.
Concerns for Parents
Children may read material that parents don't want them to read.
How Can I Help Keep My Child Safe?
- Discuss with your children what is appropriate to download and read and what isn't.
- Learn about e-readers or e-books designed specifically for kids.
- Keep track of the account that your child has/shares. Look up account history to track purchases and downloads. If your child has your credit card information on their device, be sure to keep a close watch of downloads.
Where Can I Learn More?
Article giving five reasons of why e-books are better than paper books:
New York Times
An article about pricing for Amazon and Apple e-books: Amazon and Apple pricing for ebooks
An article about the advantages of certain e-book readers over others: Which e-reader is best?
Print Media Hail iPad: iPad receives positive review
Amazon and Penguin resolve their pricing differences:
Price war with ebooks
Article about the release of a new e-book reader by Acer:
Optional e-reader from Acer