My son asked me for some money today because his school’s PTA, as part of a fundraiser, was having a book sale. He wanted to buy some books (gotta love it, as he likes to read), so he went to his no-interest loan source (me), and combined with his allowance contribution came back home with two books. He also bought one for his teacher as a gift for the classroom with his allowance money!
I led off this post with the above story as, in addition to my children, there are millions of other children out there who love to read. I think they would be prime targets as Kindle owners or <gasp> owners of that new gadget called the iPad – that is, if the iPad didn’t cost a small fortune to own the stripped-down version – and if there were more children-type books available in an eBook format. Sure, Amazon has a couple of thousand books listed in the children’s book category, I question if the count is correct – for example, the #1 book as I type this in the age 4-8 category is Bram Stoker’s classic book, Dracula. I don’t think I would want a 5 year-old reading this book, nor do I think they would particularly understand it.
Economics 101 tells you publishers will provide content if there is adequate demand at a certain price point, and buyers will purchase an item if there is adequate supply at a certain price point. With the Kindle’s and other eBook readers’ price points, I don’t know too many parents who will plunk down, say, $300 for an eBook reader for their children because of (a) the cost of the eBook reader, and (b) there is not very much children-appropriate content available.
Conversely, not too many publishers will make the investment to properly digitize a children’s book because there aren’t too many kids out there with their very own Kindle.
You can’t win for losing!
Anyway, enough of my rant and, maybe, I should help solve life’s children’s book riddle by telling you of a free children’s book available from our friends at Smashwords. Brennan Haley’s book, Angel Star is available for free from Smashwords, and has received perfect 4 out of 4 star user rating based on four customer reviews. You can pick up your free copy by clicking here or typing http://tinyurl.com/angstar into your web browser. Just make sure you choose the “Kindle (.mobi)” format as that is specifically tailored for your Kindle!
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Here is the book’s description from the Smashwords website:
The youngest and shortest swashbuckler ever is Jordan the Pirate. Can he and his crew rescue the poor Princess Wilamenia from the terrifying Oggley Boggley monster? The Angel Star is their only hope in this fast paced, humor filled adventure that is as short as it’s hero. There’s only 2221 words but each one counts for an instantly fun solution to twenty minutes of boredom. Just click and play.
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