As reported by Entertainment Weekly many of Roald Dahl’s classic books are being released in the e-book variety. I’m not going to argue about which books should have been included over others, but rather ask why?
I understand that having an e-book is convenient, but are we really teaching kids to live in a world dominated by screens so badly that we’re taking out the book in physical form? I went to Amazon to see the pricing difference between the Kindle versions and the paperbacks and they are minimal if there at all. You can buy a box set of fifteen books for about $70.00 the cheapest Kindle editions are $6.99 which makes the total of buying all of those over $100.00, but you can’t even buy them all on Kindle.
Dahl should be a part of every child’s reading. Books like The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are what made reading enjoyable for me as a kid. However, I don’t think that the same device which allows you to play Angry Birds, and surf the internet should be where you read everything when you’re a kid.
I don’t understand the point of reading such classic material on a medium that is only necessary for cost effectiveness, but in this instance isn’t cost effective. Kindle is a great tool for up and coming authors and for discovering new stories. At the end of the day it’s just a screen. Like this computer is just a screen. One day I’ll die and my kids will have tons of books left over. However when the people who insist on buying Kindle, because they’re too lazy to get a real book die, their kids get an out dated piece of equipment that won’t be read at all.
It’s great that Dahl will be easier to access, but if you don’t have to use the Kindle to let a child read this material, don’t. You’re robbing them of the very experience you hope to pass down.