I read some comments recently on an author board stating children’s e-books will never take off. Kid’s will drool on the device, they say, and to boot, kids can’t take the device and pick books as if off a bookshelf.
Being an author of two e-books for children, I’m a little biased here. However, I recently took a step back and tried to forget that I have published two kid’s e-books. To see if kid’s e-books had a future, I recently asked my 3 year old if she would like me to read her a book on my Kindle Fire. Of course she said yes.
Kid’s Ebooks Have Their Advantages
I logged on and within 30 seconds, was reading a book of her choosing, purchased for 99 cents (or free for Amazon Prime members). She loved the book and asks to read it again and again.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t believe e-books will totally replace print books for kids. Real books offer them the ability to see the layout of books, left to right, and get them away from the computer screen that will increasingly take their time as they age. And the experience of the library is invaluable.
However, there will be a solid market for children’s e-books very, very soon. The iPad, Kindle Fire, and Nook Color will drive this demand. I’m very happy at my decision a year ago to start writing kid’s e-books. Like I said, I have published two e-books, and have two more on the way. I’m glad I’m slightly ahead of the curve, as 2012 will be huge for children’s illustrated e-books.
Electronic Books to Drive Sales
Although I plan to create print books from my e-books, I believe the electronic versions will drive sales of print, not the other way around. Also, I believe children’s e-books will gain more and more market share, much like novels and text-only books have recently been greater than 50% of Amazon’s book sales of late.
So next time you hear someone dismissing children’s e-books as an idea destined for failure, remind them that Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon, heard the same thing about text-only books as he was developing the original Kindle.
About the author: