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    Question EReader for 12 Yr. Old


    My daughter loves reading books, she is really fond of using the physical books, which I respect, however, we live in a condo, and a reality check, it is not practical keeping all the books that over time collect dust and consume so much space.

    Currently, we are using BJU Books plus their Online features, I am ok with this, but hopefully, I get to convince her to use an e-reader for her other books, to prevent overfilling our house.

    She had kindle 3 years ago, it got broken and she said it's fine since she enjoys reading physical books more. But then, as a mom who would want to keep our house as spacious and as neat as possible, I would like to encourage her to read using an E-Reader. At the back of my head, I am hoping that I shift her to an E-Reader, she will still be as inspired to read.

    I was looking at this link,, basically, they are comparing Amazon Prime from Kindle. They are saying Kindle is really more for serious readers which is my child but at the same time, I like the features Amazon Prime has. I am so confused, but I guess at the end of the day it's not really what I like, but what my child would enjoy and whatever that will convince her to ditch out physical books and just use an E-Reader.

    Your thoughts and input are appreciated.

    P.S. Planning to get this for her this Christmas.

    Thank you.

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    Im with you on the space issue!
    Id go with an ipad, not something that is specifically and only a reader. (I love my ipad mini, wouldnt trade it for a bigger thing, its almost the size of a paperback.) It uses the same cords as our phones, it can do so much more, and it works easily with overdrive / the library systems ebooks.
    We have a Kindle tablet (in a drawer since the charging cable got misplaced), and a nook (pain in the butt to use), and I really cant see the value of a single-purpose device. (My hubby also reads a lot on his phone.... doesnt seem to bother him at all, but I think its a little too small for me - constantly scrolling through the text.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    So in your post you have two separate things going on:
    1) Paper books or e-reader (and if so, what one)
    2) If an e-reader, do you get a subscription service (the Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime options), and if so what one.

    I cannot comment on the subscription services as we don't use them. But my daughter does have a Kindle and loves it. She reads voraciously and equally on paper and Kindle. I buy books on the Kindle that she loves (having read them from the library etc.) that I know she will read over and over again. Paper is for ones that are going to be read once and then passed on or returned to the library.

    As to what device, try some out and see what you like. Unlike AM, I much prefer the Kindle to an iPad to read on. I would also check what e-books you can get from your library and what form they are in, so you can determine what sort of e-reading device would suit you best in that regard.

    If you do get a Kindle, I would advise setting your child up a Freetime account so that the Kindle has effective parental controls on it. I initially had my DD's setup without Freetime and just used the parental controls available on the Kindle (browser turned off and the store on but adult content limited etc.). Guess what? She could still access adult content that came up when she searched for relatively innocent things on the store. If you have a Freetime account for them, then they can only access content that you choose to put on their Freetime account. Not having access to other stuff (if you set parental controls/Freetime up correctly) is a pro for the Kindle for me over an iPad where they could say they are reading but unless you are over their shoulder, how do you really know what they are doing?
    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 12-07-2019 at 04:00 AM.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    A possible third option, if you have a good one, is the public library for physical books. If I purchased every book my daughter read, we would have had to move her out of her bedroom just to store them. (Only mildly exaggerating)

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

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    Here is the difference between Prime Reading and Amazon Unlimited

    Prime Reading comes with Amazon Prime service. If you pay for Amazon Prime for shipping, videos and the like, the you have the Prime Reading too. I would not get Amazon Prime for the Prime Reading. It is a nice bonus, but not worth the cost to buy it for the reading. There is not enough books on the Prime Reading to make it worthwhile.

    Amazon Unlimited is a special subscription service that gives you access to more books in the Kindle library. It is good if it has the books that she wants to read is on the Unlimited service. They change regularly, but not all books are on the service. I read quite a bit, but few books that I like to read are not on the service.

    I view these services as either/or. It is if you have Prime, great. If not, you can use Unlimited if the books she likes to read is part of the subscription.

    If she prefers physical books through, I would use the library. That was my life line as a kid because I read way more than I could afford. Currently, we have a dedicated shelf for books that are from the library to help keep them organized and not get mixed in with other books. Save purchasing books for the really special ones that she wants to read over and over.

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    As an update to this, we have recently got Kindle Freetime Unlimited for the kids, which is different to Kindle Unlimited. Why do they make things so confusing by giving different products similar names??

    Anyway, Kindle Freetime Unlimited is great. The kids have access to so many good books for free. I still buy them Kindle books that they love and re-read, they still get paper books from the library, and have shelves full of paper ones from my old books and gifts; however, the Kindle Freetime Unlimited is a great addition.

    We also tried out Kindle Unlimited for a while on a free trial and did not like it as much. The books available were not so interesting and you could only borrow a certain number at a time. With Kindle Freetime Unlimited, they can read as much as they like at the same time (no borrowing limit) and the range of books available is better.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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