Should You Give a Kid a Kindle?
Seven Reasons to Give a Kid a Kindle:
1. She will think it’s the coolest gift ever.
2. It’s the gift that keeps on giving, endlessly renewing itself: new books at the touch of a button from here until eternity….
3. You’ll never have to rush out to the bookstore to get the next book in the series she’ s absolutely hooked on (unless Kindle doesn’t stock the next book in the series…. ).
4. Her bookshelves will be a lot less cluttered. No untidy piles of books waiting on the night stand.
5. Books are deeply discounted on Kindle. Assuming that they generally cost about $5 less, after about–say–25 books, the device will have paid for itself and you will start clocking up real savings.
6. She will be able to read several books at once without toting a huge book bag around with her.
7. And did I mention, she’ll think it’s the coolest gift ever?
Six Reasons Not to Give a Kid a Kindle:
1. Do you really want your absent-minded teen to have to keep track, on a daily basis, of something that costs several hundred dollars?
2. It’s too easy to shop on a Kindle–just the touch of a button, no credit card details required. What if she buys five books a day?
3. I like to know what my teen is reading; much harder to monitor, on a Kindle.
4. What if she wants to lend a book to a friend? No way is she lending out her Kindle…
5. She can’t read a Kindle at the beach, in the bath, or up a tree.
6. I bet she’ll be wearing glasses within six months if she starts reading on a screen full time–yes, despite what they say about it being no-glare etc.
BUT she will still think it’s the coolest gift ever…