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Swallows and Amazons Forever!
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6/16/2011  •  Comment
By JTD

Swallows and AmazonsA few months ago, I wrote of my ambivalence about giving kids ereaders. My biggest concern is that a child who gets used to reading on a device will become likely to balk at the idea of reading a print book and will miss out on too much great literature.


The selection of ebooks for kids and teens is heavily skewed toward popular series books of the sort you see at Scholastic book fairs. I don’t mind some fantasy novels here and there, but there is too much dysfunctional “real-life” fiction.


Where is the great narrative fiction that isn’t drowned by the over-use of dialogue? Where are some decent non-fiction books, including biographies, for kids?


I’m interested to see how the market for children’s content will evolve. I’m really happy to see signs that the selection of children’s books might move well beyond the bestsellers to some of the more obscure children's literature. Seeing the Swallows and Amazons series available on the Google ebookstore gives me hope that kids still will be able to get the good stuff, even when they do make the switch to an ereader.

 

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