Digital devices increasingly target school-goers
Bangalore, June 9 2014: When Amazon launched the latest avatar of its e-book reader, the Kindle Paperwhite in India, it addressed pretty much the same section of consumers that it targets world-wide -- upwardly aspiring young adults -- or mature buyers who wanted to read on-the-go and no longer cared to lug half a dozen doggy-eared paperbacks, while on working tours or on holiday.
Then a funny thing happened on the way to gadget shop: Parents found in the Kindle Paperwhite just the sort of tool that would be rated " cool" by their kids -- and hopefully kindle ( can't avoid the pun!) in them a renewed interest in the lost ( and virtually extinct) art of reading.
Youngsters pathologically averse to doing anything except the bare minimum of required reading, were happy to be seen doing it on an electronic screen. Quick to leverage this trend, Amazon deftly responded this vacation season by highlighting some kid-friendly features that they had built into the Kindle:
- A Vocabulary builder: words looked up get automatically added to the child's personalized dictionary
- FreeTime lets parents created a reading list and award their children when they have done the reading
- Panel view lets children read comics or graphic stories, panel by panel
- Perhaps most important of all, parents to limit children's access to recommended and safe resources in the Kindle Store or indeed on the Web.
The Kindle e-book store offers holds a collection of over 250,000 books priced Rs.99 or less and over 1 million priced Rs. 299 or less. Canny parents can also help locate a lot of free books as well -- so much of classic children's literature is now in the public domain.
The nice thing about e-books, that you will never run out of supply -- even if your child is a voracious reader! Ability to seamlessly switch from text to pictures to animation to video... to read a well loved children's classic, then see the movie version, is technology's gift to the young of today -- that parents can only envy. The WiFi version of the Kindle Paperwhite costs Rs 10,999, while the Wifi+3G version which provides free 3G connection to the Web in India, for the life of the device costs an additional Rs 3000. -- Anand Parthasarathy More information here