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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Vtech’s V.Reader

A month or so ago I suggested the inevitability of the $29.99 eReader in an eReader discussion at BookBlogs. I said I thought that a price point at that level would entice parents into buying them for their kids. A reader took offense to my suggestion with the inference that I am nuts. The nuts part may or may not be true, opinions on that are mixed. However Vtech has just lowered the bar to $59.99 for an eReader.

Vtech’s offering has animated stories with interactive games and learning tools. Featuring a color touch screen and a full qwerty keyboard their V.Reader also has both a USB port and an SD port. All of this for $59.99!

The down side is that you are going to be limited to what they offer to read which is the case from some of the main stream adult eReaders as well. The stories are $19.99 each which as grotesque as that seems is on a par with some of the best sellers coming out in eBooks. I think the price is too steep but compared to DS or Gameboy offerings they are reasonable.

I haven’t decided yet whether this will be something I want for my grandchildren. The unit’s suggested age range is 3-7 and Vtech’s products have proved to be pretty durable in the past. Anything that entices kids to read is a step in the right direction.

This is not a paid blog but… if you are overwhelmed with buyer fever and click on the Amazon link to purchase a V.Reader,  I will get a commission sufficient to purchase a partial cup of java at my local beanery. 

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