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This morning when DD woke up, she asked if she could read (I had her kindle because I had been working on the bookshare books for her).

Normally, she asks to watch a Netflix streaming thing or some sort...

But she asked to read!!!!!

She is 30% done with the Pony Pal story I put on there, I asked her if it was easier to read for her than a book and she thought so. I did notice her eyes were watery and she was rubbing them just like can happen with her and paper. She wasn't wearing her glasses either. Kids. (she has double vision and tracking problems and they just help with that).

As for the ads, she really likes the Visa picture, and thinks the furniture is pretty! In fact, when the first ad popped on there, the Visa one, she called it awesome or something. Which cracked me up!

But the goal is to get her reading more to try to bump her fluency, and the end goal is hopefully get her reading at a 5-6th grade level. The Neurocognitive doctor isn't sure we can do that, but at least she can read books she is interested in getting there.

The bookshare.org books were formatting weird, I ended up having to copy the text into Pages, apply a body format, then export them as ePub for Calibre to convert to Mobi. I couldn't get HTML->Mobi to work at all despite trying all the tricks I kept finding online. The ePub and pages thing works easy enough, so I will just stick to that for now. And, I can then have them in a format to throw on the iPad or a Touch, so win-win!
 

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How wonderful that she is gravitating to reading at a young age.....

(I do find it a bit disturbing that a new reader is incorporating commercialism into the reading experience).
 

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Well, she's not overly young - 12, but is a cognitive 7-8 level of functioning.

As for the ads, I honestly don't think she sees them as ads - just pretty pictures. I'm not totally excited about it, but at the moment it was the only way I could pull getting it for her. Would have been nice if her Dad had decided to help out some.

She isn't blasted with advertising here at home, we don't have cable TV.  ;D I honestly pondered NOT activating the wireless at first to start them, but was fighting a migraine and acted first then thought. Oops!

All in all, it's a positive experience so far - and the reading part is the number one part!! I will hope that the ads stay as "nice" as they are right now. Well, I'm not hip on the Olay one, but the Buick one is pretty!
 

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The same thing happened to my brother when he first picked up a Kindle (my mom's).  He went from watching TV until 3 in the morning and never reading, to reading until 3 in the morning.  My mom was so happy she went ahead and bought him his own Kindle.

He says the words move around on DTB's so he hated reading until he discovered they don't do the same thing on a Kindle.
 

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It's a cleaning up day....

Small tasks given so they get completed.

With lots of bargaining for breaks..... HMPH.

But then came, "Mom, can i read for a little bit on the kindle?"

Sigh.... ok, 15 minutes.

Here is hoping that if this child doesn't figure out that if she is reading, she can almost skip most cleaning! LOL!!!

(But she did stop and is filling the dishwasher for her big sister - and asked if she can read after that... how will i ever have a clean living room?!?!?!)
 

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kindlegrl81 said:
The same thing happened to my brother when he first picked up a Kindle (my mom's). He went from watching TV until 3 in the morning and never reading, to reading until 3 in the morning. My mom was so happy she went ahead and bought him his own Kindle.

He says the words move around on DTB's so he hated reading until he discovered they don't do the same thing on a Kindle.
Weird thing to me is I always got sick reading in the car(DTBs) but I was reading yesterday in the car and was fine on my Kindle. I later tried it with my Nook Color and same thing.. Pretty cool.
 

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Weird thing to me is I always got sick reading in the car(DTBs) but I was reading yesterday in the car and was fine on my Kindle. I later tried it with my Nook Color and same thing.. Pretty cool.
That's really interesting. I've always gotten severe motion sickness from reading in a car, but I've never tried it with my Kindle.

That is cool. Nice. I'll have to give it a try sometime.

Edit: Sorry for the OT. :)

It's always great when kids are reading and it sounds like that is particularly encouraging! Way to go.
 

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I am glad she is reading, I have a 19 year old, non-reader. Very familiar with developmental disabilities, as a matter of fact we just had a Special Olympics even last weekend, pretty much wiped us out physically.
 

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My kids are much younger, the oldest is just learning how to read, but they both enjoy flipping pages on the Nook, and they know that Mommy loves her Kindle! I've told them that when they are old enough to take care of it (and actually read it of course) they can have one of their own.
 

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My 4-year old loves when I have some of my comics/graphic novels on my screen.  He'll ask me to read them to him, so I put on my best set of voices and read the panels to him.  Then he wants to turn the pages, so he hits the big button on the side.  It's amusing.
 

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Tara Maya said:
My kids are much younger, the oldest is just learning how to read, but they both enjoy flipping pages on the Nook, and they know that Mommy loves her Kindle! I've told them that when they are old enough to take care of it (and actually read it of course) they can have one of their own.
Kids need to touch and feel, they need to see the pages turn. In other words, small children need books for reasons other than just reading. Kindles and such are great once a child can read proficiently but until then it is just another electronic gadget that will fall the way of the other electronic "learning" tools that most kids end up not using.
 
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