The Internet is a huge and wonderful place that is
full of information of all kinds. Children’s ebooks
are booming and becoming more and more popular as
portable technology gets better.
It’s now possible to get a portable ebook reader that
can hold over 100 novels and some game devices like
the PSP enable you to read ebooks on them.
Where do you find these ebooks though? Well, they are
becoming so popular that most online bookstores have
an ebook section.
Amazon, Ebay, and many more are great places to check.
Barnes and Noble used to have a great ebook selection
but closed that area down.
Many of your children’s favorite novels are available
as ebooks and the prices are very reasonable. The
popular series Eragon may cost $22.95 for a hardcover
edition but the same novel in ebook form is about
This has many benefits. The most obvious one is that
it can’t be destroyed. Unless you reformat your
computer, that ebook will be with you forever.
You can download it to personal ebook readers as well.
Harry Potter, Goosebumps, and many popular children’s
stories are all out there waiting to be read.
Many of these sites will require you to register with
them and you can choose whether or not to receive
e-mail from these sites. If your child is an avid
reader of ebooks, it might be beneficial to subscribe
to their « What’s New » newsletters.
This can keep you and your child informed about when
the next book in a series is going to be released and
might even recommend books of a similar nature.
There are many different types of ebooks available for
children. There are educational books, novels, classic
literature, and much more. The most popular ebooks for
children are your basic short stories.
These make up a majority of what children like to read
since they often can’t sit still long enough for
something longer. The best type of ebook for your
child really depends on their needs and interests.
Educational ebooks for children are very popular.
Since the .PDF format is used quite a bit for ebooks,
they allow the use of pictures and hyperlinks. This
way if your child is learning about space, there may
be links to useful websites like NASA and a lot of
interesting pictures to keep your child’s attention.
Novels in ebook format can be great for kids because
they have the ability to increase or decrease the size
of the text and if they are using a portable ebook
reader, they can carry over 100 books with them.
This is great for long flights, vacations, and family
reunions that can be pretty boring at times and ebooks
can kill a lot of time.
An often overlooked type of ebook for children is the
textbook. More and more children today are being home
schooled and the price of a year’s worth of textbooks
can be over $1000.00.
If you get them in ebook format however, you may only
pay half as much. This can make a big difference in
someone’s budget and insure the child gets all of
their proper textbooks.
Though much harder to find than regular ebooks,
multimedia ebooks for children can be a lot of fun for
children of all ages. A multimedia ebook will have all
kinds of cool features a standard ebook will not.
They could have a CD that accompanies them or could be
on the CD themselves. These are usually ordered from
the Internet instead of downloaded but you can find a
few places that will have them available for download.
The difference between a multimedia ebook and a
regular ebook is that your child can interact with and
sometimes even change the story. This turns passive
reading into something much more active.
When you get a multimedia ebook, it will either be on
a CD or come as an executable or .EXE file. This is
because it is more of a program than a document. Many
of these ebooks allow multiple people to use them and
have an area to input your name.
Some multimedia ebooks will allow your child to have
his name or even his picture put into the actual
story. This may require some adult assistance but can
be a lot of fun.
It can really encourage a young reader to get involved
with books if they are a part of the story.
Multimedia ebooks can be more expensive than regular
ebooks and can be hard to find as well. Some retailers
will have them in the computer software aisle but your
best bet is to check with bookstores on the Internet
Ebooks are very popular all over the Internet. They
are used to promote products, in marketing, and often
are distributed for free by the author.
Many aspiring novelists who have been rejected time
and time again turn to the world of ebooks to
distribute their material. It’s not rejected due to
low quality but sometimes publishers just avoid a
certain genre if it isn’t popular.
Many up and coming children’s book writers have
discovered that by distributing a free ebook or two,
their name recognition may improve and sometimes
publishers will just contact them first.
There are all kinds of places to get free ebooks for
children. Just using any of your favorite search
engines should get you a lot of results.
Some sites that have these free ebooks are religious
in nature, educational, or privately developed.
Sometimes if you join a kids club online, you will
receive free children’s ebooks in your e-mail on a
weekly or monthly basis.
Many sites will have you register with them before you
can download any free children’s ebooks. This is
usually pretty safe but before you do, make sure to
read the fine print.
You don’t want to have your inbox filled with garbage
forever. There is rarely a subscription fee for these
free ebook sites because the authors usually give
Before you sit your child down at the computer or with
their personal ebook reader, make sure you flip
through most of the pages. Odds are everything is how
it should be, but as in any industry there are always
one or two bad apples out there.
Also read an abstract of the story so you will know if
any important characters are going to die as that can
be hard on children.
What really makes children’s ebooks great is the
amount of special features many of them come with. Of
course not all of them do, but by searching around you
will find some that have sound effects, music,
pictures, even video to go along with the text.
Some children’s ebooks even double as audiobooks and
you can follow along as it is read to you.
Sound effects might sound odd for books but there is
no better place to have them. If lighting crashes in a
certain part of the book, it can have a small sound
icon for your child to click and it will play lighting
and thunder sounds. This really appeals to many young
readers and can be a lot of fun with silly books.
Music and songs are sometimes featured in children’s
ebooks. This works especially well if it is a well
known story with a famous song in it. Disney ebooks
often feature all kinds of music and songs.
One of the coolest features that some children’s
ebooks have is video. Sure pictures are nice but to
see a ship rocking on the water instead of standing
still can make a big difference.
When something important happens in the ebook, there
might be a video that accompanies it and has a little
replay of what was just read too.
One of the great things about children’s ebooks is
that they are pretty much indestructible. It’s
frustrating to go buy your child a $18.00 hardback
book only to find it a week later covered in play doh
or half eaten by the child or an animal in the house.
With ebooks, they are pretty secure and almost
impossible to destroy.
There are many different types of ebook available for
children. The latest novels can help encourage your
child to read but educational ebooks also have a lot
Educational ebooks aren’t just for little kids who are
trying to learn thing for the first time, they can
also be used to supplement your child’s education and
give them the extra skills they need to excel in the
Home schoolers have known about the benefits of ebooks
for years. Most standard textbooks are available in
ebook form and can be purchased much cheaper than the
price of the hardcover version.
Every textbook you could think of from math to social
studies can be found online as an ebook. If your child
isn’t going to go to a traditional school or is
disabled, this is a great option for education.
Small children love ebooks. Many ebooks have a little
bit of interactivity and can have links to slideshows
or music. This helps them a lot because they are
having fun instead of just trying to memorize their
ABC’s or colors.
One of the more popular uses of educational ebooks for
children is to enhance their education. There are tons
of ebooks available that are designed to help your
child with all kinds of subjects.
These aren’t the same as textbooks as they are mainly
used as aids. If your child is struggling learning all
50 states, you can find an ebook that has silly songs
about the states, or uses that alphabetical song to
There really is no limit to what you and your child
can learn through ebooks. You just need to search
around the Internet and you are sure to find what you
are looking for.
In today’s technological age, portable electronic
devices are everywhere. They range in price from
$50-$600 and can do almost anything a home computer
Are these right for children? Probably not. You stand
to lose a lot of money and maybe even personal
information if one of these devices gets misplaced.
There are however, ebook readers that only do one
thing. Read ebooks. These aren’t very expensive and
don’t have many bells and whistles but they are great
at what they do. These can be found on sites like
One of the older ebook reading devices is the Franklin
eBookMan. These do run about $150.00 but are very
sturdy and are easy to use. Even a 4 year old could
use an eBookMan just fine.
They do have some special features that make them a
lot like any typical PDA. This could be overkill for a
child but might work for a teenager.
There are many more out there also. Sony has one of
the coolest ebook reading devices available. It has
easy to read text and is very sturdy.
The best bet for children is still by far the home
computer. It’s very difficult to damage and you
already have one. If you decide you want to get any
type of ebook reading device, make sure your child is
old enough to use it properly and it won’t get broken.
Many game devices allow you to download and read
ebooks too. If your child already has a Nintendo DS or
PSP, you might check their official sites and see what
type of ebook software they support.
Well, even if you have found a great selection of
ebooks for your child, there is still one problem. Not
all computers come with the software needed to open
Not all companies release their ebooks in the same
format, but many of them will offer you a couple
different format choices.
The easiest format to use and manipulate is the .PDF
format. This is a format developed by Adobe Acrobat
which sometimes comes pre-installed on computers.
Most textbooks for online colleges come in this
format. It is very easy to use and completely free
unless you want to use the very advanced options.
If you have a Palm Pilot, Pocket PC, or handheld
Windows device, you can use iSilo Reader.
Unfortunately, this only offers you a 14 day free
trial before you have to purchase it.
Mobipocket Reader is a great alternative to this
because you get a 14 day free trial but you can use it
for free even after it expires. You just don’t have
access to advanced features.
Obviously, these different types of reader programs
will vary depending on your preferred device. Even a
Sony PSP can be used for ebooks as well as a
Many people don’t feel comfortable letting children
use any of these handheld devices because they can be
quite pricey. It can be a lot easier to just let the
children use your desktop or laptop PC and you can
even keep track of how many pages they read in a
certain time. This is a great option for homework.
Children’s ebooks can be a lot of fun for the entire
family. Many of today’s most popular authors offer
their books to be purchased and downloaded as an
These ebooks often come with special features and
built in links to related material that may be of
interest to the reader as well.
If you are reading an ebook about dragons, there might
be links within the text that will take you to a
website all about dragons. There is much more to
children’s ebooks than just this however.
Children’s ebooks offer your child a different
experience than with your typical paper books. Ebooks
can do many things a typical book can’t.
They can have sound effects, video clips, activity
pages, and much more. It can make a big difference to
a child that doesn’t have the attention span to sit
down and read a normal book.
Many ebooks offer this kind of interactivity and might
even come with an audio CD or multimedia CD included.
This encourages children of all ages to become
involved with different types of literature and can
build a lifelong love of books.
A good thing about children’s ebooks is that you can
get them immediately from the comfort of your own
home. You don’t have to wait weeks for an ordered book
to arrive and you don’t have to browse a bookstore
which can be a daunting task if you have a younger
They also don’t get destroyed, lost, spilled on, or
Many people have heard the term ebook but have never
actually seen or read one. This is a great loss as
ebooks can really help young children get involved
with the literary world.
If you try to sit a 5 year old down and read him
Treasure Island, it’s going to be a battle and you may
experience some resistance.
If you were to get Treasure Island as an ebook
however, it might have cool pirate music and pictures
that help add a better sensory experience to it.
Some ebooks will read the story page by page by
clicking on an icon and this can help children learn
phonics and tone.
Many children with attention deficit disorder have
improved their ability to pay attention with ebooks.
Some children just can’t pay attention to a standard
book but when they are at a computer or other
multimedia device, they have an easier time.
This is because reading a standard book is a passive
activity but clicking a mouse to change pictures and
flip pages is much more active.
Some children are just resistant to reading period.
They just don’t want anything to do with sitting and
reading a book and won’t let you read them one.
If this happens, try an ebook! As long as it’s
something kid friendly and not boring, you might find
you have an avid reader on your hands! Pictures and
audio can really spice up almost any book.
In the age of video games, any educational opportunity
shouldn’t be overlooked and ebooks are a great way for
beginning readers to learn and help older readers
improve their skills.