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Initial post: Nov 27, 2009 9:45:22 AM PST
My daughter is 13 and loves to read. Would a Kindle be a good gift for her? Would the books she like to read be on the Kindle?

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 9:50:06 AM PST
bookcrazy says:
If she is responsible and has a good track record of taking care of other electronic devises, than I say yes, get her one! There are tons and tons of books for her age group. You can browse the bookstore and get a good idea of titles she might enjoy.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 9:50:58 AM PST
there are loads of young adult books available for the kindle. the famous Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1). and theres also Marked (House of Night, Book 1).

the question is, is she careful with electronics? the kindle can be fragile, and its best not to drop it.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 9:52:20 AM PST
Blue Goddess says:
Yvonne, my kid would have to be a seriously mature and responsible kid to get her a kindle. I would also seriously consider getting the extended warranty, as it covers one "accidental drop". As for the books, you would have to go to the kindle book section of amazon and do some searching. Some authors, most notably Young Adult author JK Rowling (Harry Potter) have refused to make their books available in e-book format. She/they may change their mind some day, though. And if you search for an author whose books to not appear, it could just be that they haven't gotten to the formatting yet. There are millions of books out there, and it will take time to convert all of the ones that have been ok'd for e-book release. You might also consider checking out the books she needs for school, and are they available. It could save her from carrying around a heavy backpack at school.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 9:53:59 AM PST
L. Gohring says:
Does she have a cell phone? Cause I would base it on what kind of luck you've had with her with one of them.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2009 10:08:04 AM PST
A. Valentine says:
Hi Yvonne...

My daughter, now 13, has had her own kindle since LAST Christmas, and it never leaves her side. She reads constantly and has never lost or mistreated it. This Christmas, she asked for an Oberon cover for it, to replace the cover she's been using for a year. She loves it!

It is a wonderful gift, and there are a lot of books out there she'll enjoy.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 1:32:17 PM PST
I am buying one for my 15yo daughter for Christmas, and if she was only 13 I would still buy it. She has a mobile phone and an iPod Classic, both of which she takes very good care of, and she reads constantly.
There are LOTS of books for their age group, check out Smashwords for young adult freebies. I am collecting free and cheap books so I can load my daughters Kindle with interesting stuff before I give it to her.
Believe me, there is more to teen fiction than Twilight and Harry Potter.
Also check out the classics such as Wizard of Oz, Anne of Green Gables, Heidi, Alice in Wonderland.....all free and all fabulous reading for young people.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 27, 2009 2:47:11 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 27, 2009 2:47:40 PM PST
Janice W says:
I have a 15 yr old who has had a K1 for two years. She will alternate between her Kindle and an actual book. My daughter believes she reads faster on the Kindle. I choose to read on my Kindle 98% of the time because I can adjust the font size and that usually isn't an issue for a young adult. Now, she can also read Kindle books on her Ipod Touch.

The Kindle does not travel well in a traditional backpack with heavy textbooks. Luckily, we learned this while Amazon was still replacing any Kindle which failed. So, while I take my Kindle with me everywhere, my daughter often leaves hers at home. Many of her teachers aren't on board yet with reading on the Kindle. And it can be a little harder to flip back through when doing a school report. The search feature is wonderful, though.

Bottom line - Would she give it up? I don't think so. She just uses her Kindle differently than I use mine.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 4:21:56 PM PST
Janice, does your daughter have hers in a cover? I have a M-Edge Prodigy cover for mine and am ordering one for my daughters Kindle too. It seems to provide good protection for the device.
My daughter is doing English Lit next year and has to read a few of the classics which are free e-books. She likes the idea of being able to annotate as she reads, and also highlight words and passages for later reference.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 4:43:17 PM PST
Janice W says:
Airan Gale,
My daughter's kindle is in the original amazon cover. Her screen never visibly cracked, but the screen appeared to turn into an etch-a-sketch. When it happened the first time (yes, it happened more than once), Amazon stated they did not believe she did anything that caused this effect. Then it happened again and I was watching the kindle forum and I saw it happening to others also and I am convinced that the Kindle cannot withstand being in a backpack with multiple heavy textbooks. But, it can easily be carried in a purse or maybe in a backpack with some extra protection. I tried one of the early M-edge covers but went back to the Amazon cover. I am expecting a purple Oberon cover for Christmas!!! I expect your daugter will love her Kindle!

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 7:18:49 PM PST
Yvonne,

Last year, with the money I saved up from my 13th birthday, I got myself a Kindle, and I absolutely love it. I use it daily, and think that as long as you consider your daughter to be responsible with that gift, it would be very much worth it. Carrying around a Kindle with 20 books on it compared to a backpack with that many books, it surreal. And yes, I cross reference through these books a lot, so it's worth not having all those books having to be carried around.

DEFINITELY get the extended warranty. Teenager or Adult, it's worth it. I dropped my Kindle while it was in the Amazon Leather cover, and while it still works perfectly, there's a 3 cm. hairline crack at the bottom of the Kindle. The extended warranty covers 1 drop, and while I didn't use that, since it functions no differently and I don't see it when the cover is on, I can't imagine if it had fallen any way different, that I would have wasted $359 (the price at the time)

A time cost of $70 is completely worth it.

Go for it! She'll love it.

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 7:44:45 PM PST
Neo says:
Colin, have you ever considered a skin to cover up the crack on your Kindle??? It's just that it would drive me nuts no end, and knowing myself, that would be the only thing I would see on the K ;)....

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2010 12:18:47 PM PDT
Watson says:
I have 2 avid readers at home, 13 and 15 year old boys. I got wifi version of K3, one for each of them. Years ago, they enjoyed very much those "children's classics" like the Time Machine and Around the World in 80 Days edited for younger readers. Now on K3, I am able to download so many of the original versions for them for free, this will satisfy their reading-hunger for a long time. Adding to my satisfaction, these free books have already paid for the cost my the K3. For current best selling children's books such as Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson, you can expect about 10 to 20 persent discount from paperbacks. I agree with many readers that they should have been cheeper. But let's not forget that little savings do add up, plus we are saving trees.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2010 1:30:15 PM PDT
R. Acoya says:
My son is now 14, and was given my K1 when I purchased a K2 at its release. He is quite responsible for his electronics, and is an avid reader. I'm comfortable enough with my son and his maturity to not have unregistered his Kindle; he's able to one-click purchase just like I am. His K2 doesn't go to school with him (with the exception of his cell phone, nor does any other electronic device) but it certainly accompanies him almost everywhere else. I replaced the K1 when the screen finally malfunctioned, and had to replace his much-loved K2 after it was introduced to the wood floor by some rambunctious kittens (he was devastated at that, felt terrible he'd left it on his bed where the kittens were known to play, and offered to forgo his allowance until such time as he'd paid for a new K2...which I declined, because reading is such a huge part of our lives.)
YMMV, of course.
We're a 3-K2i family, with each K2i in its own skin, covered by an M-edge Platform case, accompanied by the M-edge e-luminator reading light.

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 4:18:45 PM PDT
There are lots of YA books, and think of all those free classics!

I'm passing my K1 down to my kids (to share) now that I've got the K3. They are 7 and 14. Interestingly, I trust the 7-year-old more than the 14-year-old! LOL

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 4:25:16 PM PDT
Paxton says:
Go for it - if you can instaill the love of reading in a young kid, that's fabulous!

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 4:32:10 PM PDT
Gazelle says:
Hi Yvonne,

I don't know if this helps, but I saw a 12 or 13-YO girl in an airport recently glued to her Kindle. She was very put out that her mom made her stop reading to go to the bathroom before boarding! So while I have no idea if it would be good for *your* daughter, this gal clearly was devoted to hers!

(I was reading mine about 3' away from her and was tempted to try a Kindle-bonding moment, but gave that up when I saw her reaction to Mom's interruption. LOL!)

Posted on Sep 13, 2010 4:46:14 PM PDT
Onmyown says:
Both my boys 9 & 11 (well he'll be 12 in 2 weeks) have their own Kindles.....

Older son is much more into books and LOVES it, younger son isnt a reader but inherited my K2 when I got the new one. He will actually read MORE when he can on the kindle....so its a good thing.

I made up an account for the boys to register their kindles to (together) and seperate from mine so they dont have access to my more "adult" books. I get them a gift cerfiticate to have some funds for books. Together they decide what to buy.....and how to spend the $$

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2010 5:38:18 PM PDT
CLB77 says:
Would it be a good gift for her? Honestly, that's one you'd know the answer to better than we would. But there are lots of other young teenagers with Kindles who are delighted with them. If she loves to read, and she respects her things, then I'd think it would be a great gift.

Would the books she likes to read be on the Kindle? That one we can definitely help with, but you'll have to tell us: What kind of books does she like to read?

I wouldn't, however, recommend the House of Night books (mentioned in a prior post) for a 13yo.
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