I got a new Pandigital E-book Reader and I LOVE IT!!! I downloaded books for myself and even some to read aloud to the kids. Here is my question, my 13 yr. old told me he isn't interested in getting an e-book. He says he doesn't read enough to need one right now. The 9 yr. old goes through books faster than I can buy them. So, I was doing a cost analysis type thing and here are the pros...
ebooks cost less than real books
public domain books are free
he can read as much as he wants without having to wait for the opportunity to go to the bookstore
BUT the cons are....
IT IS EXPENSIVE!! I mean we aren't talking about a $10 book here, but a $150 investment
He is responsible, but I don't know if he's responsible enough to handle an ebook
Of course to download books onto it, you need computer access, which means that he would have to be taught how to use a computer to do that, meaning, he wouldn't just be using a $150 item, but have access to our $1200 item to use it
If we get him one, then the littles will get jealous, and well, one of them can't read at all, the other one doesn't read enough to use an ebook
So, help me out. what would you do???? Get the 9 yr. old the e-book (bigger init. investment, lower out of pocket in the long run) or wait a few years (bigger out of pocket expense, but less risk)?