4.12.2013

Kindle Review for Mama and Toddlers

Similar to my great cell phone rebellion of 2000-2002, I've held strong against the e-reader phenomenon of the past 5 years.  At times, I have the determination and attitude of an 80-year-old during a contemporary worship service (HA!  I kid... though the older generation does typically dislike anything new at their religious houses).

My arguments against e-readers, weren't unique, but I was passionate:

  • I love books.  
  • I love looking at my book shelves (though I'm too cheap to buy books, so I guess this point was lame).
  • I love the smell of books.
  • I like leafing through a book after I'm done and re-reading my favorite plot twists.
  • I love sharing books with friends (especially being on the receiving end).
As you may know, I started an Independent Consultant business this past fall/winter.  My mentor is an incredibly successful and generous consultant and periodically has some major prizes for her team to compete for. 

RECENTLY, I WON a $250 Amazon gift card.  Personal "fun" items have not been in our budget this year, so I was like a kid at a candy store choosing what I'd spend that money on... JUST FOR ME!

So, I channeled my tablet envy and my book obsession and bought:


At first, I thought I might just use it for checking my email and facebook and maybe a book when I travel.  HA ha DOUBLE HA!  I've read one or two books a WEEK since I bought it.  Yeah, I don't have that kind of time, but I sleep less, watch NO TV and because it's so handy I carry it with me everywhere and enjoy little snippets of reading while waiting for my family, while my kids watch .3 seconds of a TV show, waiting my turn at the bank, etc.

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The other amazing discover is how much my KIDS LOVE IT!  They prefer my Kindle over their own toddler electronics and I LOVE the low cost of the apps, in fact most of them are FREE (while I also like their LeapPad, the cost of those games/apps are astronomical!).  Now we can have story time on the go with a HUGE selection of books without carrying all that weight.  I can also keep them quiet in the car, at meetings, in church by handing it over with the sound muted (Heidi loves making fireworks and will do it for a loooong time).

While I have paid for a few apps and books, mostly we enjoy free apps and free books.  I check www.ereadergirl.com every day for daily FREE Kindle books for me and the kids.  You must check it daily because most of the books return to their normal price after a day.

Here are some of our 
FAVORITE TODDLER KINDLE BOOKS and APPS:

  
    

What are your favorite Toddler Books & Apps?

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6 comments:

  1. So is the defiance of any new trend an Orris trait?!! :) B/c I was the same as you when it came to smartphones, ereaders, etc. I always resist as much as I can until I eventually fall into the trap. Anyway, I just got my first ereader too and haven't used as much as I could. I refuse to spend ANY money on ebooks since I used to always go to the library and check books out for free! So I'll have to check out that link you shared. It is quite handy though and I'm sure I'll be hooked once I find some free ebooks :)

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    1. Oh my, yes you will (and it is genetic)! Most of the free books are explicit romance novels or Christian romance... I've enjoyed both :) If you have a public library card, most libraries let you borrow ebooks for free!

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  2. :-) Perfect timing. I was just looking at these last night online. I know it's crazy, but with some looooong flights in our future, I don't want to share my ipad with Annie. I want her to have her own something. Maybe I'll try a kindle fire for her.

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    1. Good idea! this is great 'cause she can grow with it. The LeapPad has benefits too, but the cost of everything is really painful. One downfall of both, the touch screen! I guess the IPad would have the same problem, but when just holding the Kindle, the kids press the wrong thing. Granted, I don't have a case yet. I set my kids up with "Free Time"... a Kindle kid-friendly page. So, they only have access to the books & apps I've given them access to and it's easier to browse. Also, they can't purchase anything :)

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  3. I've drank the koolaid too! I'm so glad my grandma decided to buy me a kindle for christmas! I had the same feelings... i do love books but the kindle is soooo easy! I've been reading a ton more too. I have the paperwhite which even fits into my larger purses... i'm now the dork reading at dinner when i'm out alone:)

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  4. I've drank the koolaid too! I'm so glad my grandma decided to buy me a kindle for christmas! I had the same feelings... i do love books but the kindle is soooo easy! I've been reading a ton more too. I have the paperwhite which even fits into my larger purses... i'm now the dork reading at dinner when i'm out alone:)

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