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Bookboard–It’s addictive!

A virtual Bookboard library

A virtual Bookboard library

For the past couple of weeks my daughter Jenna(4.5) has been experiencing Bookboard, an eBooks service that is like Netflix for books. (I received a free subscription, btw, in exchange for my honest opinion and review.)

The way Bookboard works is that your child gets an instant, small library of books to read.  After reading two or three books, new books get “unlocked” which adds to the collection and provides motivation to read more. Bookboard has over 400 books to choose from.

The unlocking idea is highly addictive. (If Netflix was like that I would never get off the couch.) Thankfully, this is books we’re dealing with. It’s okay to addict your kids to reading, which is good because my preschooler is really committed to unlocking new books.

Bookboard’s got a positive reinforcement system that works!

So far Jenna has spent 4 hours and 13 minutes reading 97 books, which is the same as 8 television shows. That’s equivalent to $644 worth of books from the store, or 9 family trips to the library.

91 books and counting
97 books and counting

Another thing I appreciate about Bookboard is that many of the books are on audio. I can click an icon, and have everything on Jenna’s shelf be audio-only books that will read to her. Then, I can go cook dinner.

It’s as close as I’ll ever get to being a Cylon Mom. 

“Snuggle up with my clone while she reads to you. I’ve got stir fry in the wok.”

(Okay, I’ve officially watched too much Battlestar Galactica.)

Unfortunately, the Berenstain Bears books are not on audio. Those are Jenna’s favorites, and she often calls me over from the stove to read them aloud.

Another drawback is that Bookboard is not available on Kindle…yet. Jenna and I have been reading on our desktop. But I could see how if you did have an iPad, Bookboard would be even more impressive. It would be a portable library on the go.

My final thoughts? I really like it! Bookboard is a nice compliment to Starfall.com.

For more information about Bookboard, check out their website.


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