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Kindle for an 8 year old

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sunnyshine Sun 30-Sep-12 08:20:18

Thinking of getting my dd a kindle. Does anyone have children of this age that has one. What are the free books for this age like?

Marne Sun 30-Sep-12 08:22:59

I was thinking of getting dd1 (8) one too but not sure if she would like it as she likes to hold a book and look at the cover, some of the books that dd likes are just as expensive on the kindle as they are in book form sad.

sunnyshine Sun 30-Sep-12 08:33:42

I agree about the cost of some books, we normally get 2nd hand books as gets through so many and don't want to start forking out £5.98 for a book she will read in a night!

VikingVagine Sun 30-Sep-12 08:52:38

I think it would be a great present for a child who likes reading <glares at 10yo DS> , there are lots of free books (plenty of must-read classics). I think the cheapest one is best (touch screen probably too fragile for a child) and you'd need to invest in a sturdy cover to protect it!

WiseKneeHair Sun 30-Sep-12 08:55:09

Just check that the type of books she likes are available in kindle form.
I've looked at this for my DS2 and only about 50% seem to be on kindle.

Teamumizumi Sun 30-Sep-12 11:12:15

I was going to get one for my 14 year old but i bought one for me and looked at the free books. The directory is mixed with adult books, as in " adult" books so that's a no-no. Kindle books are all black and white and you can still get some great picture books for 8 year olds. Stick to paper and spend the £100 in amazon.

Divawithattitude Sun 30-Sep-12 11:16:42

NOOOOOOO, I really worry about books disappearing if we all read from our lap tops and phones and kindles.

Stick to real boks that she can drop in the bath, leave on a bus, lend her friends, look at the pictures in

insanityscratching Sun 30-Sep-12 11:38:14

Dd (9) is an avid reader but loves books too much to think of getting her a kindle. I have one and love mine because of the instant gratification of a new book without leaving the armchair but I do miss the actual look, feel and smell of a new book. Dd also loves her bookshelves, rearranging them, searching out old favourites and she takes books with her everywhere, not a trauma when she forgets a paperback but it would be if it was a kindle she'd lost. I buy her lots of second hand books too and suspect the kindle versions might be more expensive tbh.

OvO Sun 30-Sep-12 12:25:46

My DS1 will be 8 by Christmas and I just bought him a kindle for chrismas yesterday. Just got the basic model - this one now has parental controls.

He'll still get actual books so won't miss out on any of that. It'll encourage him to read just for pleasure. I'm a total bookworm so happy to buy anything to encourage that.

sonnybeaudelaire Sun 30-Sep-12 12:55:54

Is there a way to stop children accidentally accessing the 'adult' content that is on the amazon site (eg top 100 free list)? I suppose you can turn off wireless and supervise when they want new books, but it's not difficult to figure out how to put it back on.

I haven't looked in to this yet in any detail so sorry if that's a stupid question and easy to manage!

2kidsintow Sun 30-Sep-12 22:35:37

My DD used birthday money to buy herself one last year (because her sister and I have one).

I have never registered the kindle to any amazon account, and haven't set up the wifi either. THat way my dd can't access anything.

On my older dd's kindle, I registered it, downloaded anything that I thought she'd like, then deregistered it and told it to forget the wifi.

My 8 year old's device is entirely full of books from the guttenburg site, not amazon.

diavlo Sun 30-Sep-12 22:38:10

I'm getting one for my dd7, she loves my kindle so hopefully money well spent.

sonnybeaudelaire Mon 01-Oct-12 13:11:50

Thanks for clarifying that, 2kids, very helpful

Am sick of carting loads of books when we go on holiday, so am tempted!

2kidsintow Mon 01-Oct-12 23:17:27

No problem. I love that my kids love reading so much, so I didn't mind them buying their own kindles. And certainly beats carting around lots of books.

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