Where Can You Find Children’s E-Books? Kindle For Kids Interview

Since this is Children’s and Young Adult e-Book Week on my blog, I thought this would be a wonderful opportunity to interview Lynda Wilcox, children’s author and founder of the Kindle for Kids web site. As a reminder, this Thursday, April 19, I’ll be teaming up with some author friends to offer 15 children’s and YA books FREE on Kindle for that day, plus two bonus books in multiple e-book formats. You can bookmark the full list, with buy links, here and then be sure to visit on Thursday and go down the list. In the meantime, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this informative interview with Lynda.



1. What made you decide to start a site geared toward highlighting Kindle children’s books?

Primarily, the lack of such sites on which to promote my own children’s book. There also seemed to be a vicious circle – a lot of listing sites demand that a book has several reviews before they will feature it – but without the visibility offered by such sites, getting those reviews is difficult.

2. Do you think most parents realize that there are now so many children’s books on Kindle?
Probably not. I live in England where sales of Kindles lag far behind the US – and cost a great deal more when they are available. The cheapest Kindle in the UK is the equivalent of 135 US dollars, and the Kindle Fire is not for sale over here. Consequently, they are regarded more as luxury items and not suitable for children. So why look for children’s books for them?

3. Toy stores now carry Kindles so this seems to be a growing trend. Why do you think some parents are buying Kindles for their older children, or downloading children’s books onto their own Kindles? What are the advantages of digital books for kids vs. just print books?

This is a tough one. I think, as the market for Kindles expands and parents upgrade to newer versions, older models will inevitably be passed on to their own children. Moreover, with children now having access to Kindles in schools they will start to ask for them at home. A lot of parents will download a kids’ book on to their own Kindles if only to see the sort of books they are reading/asking for. (For example, my own book Chamaeleon: The Secret Spy is suitable for older children (9-13) and all of my reviews have been left by adults – most of them the grandparents of my intended audience!)

As to the advantages, at the moment it’s too early to tell but children seem better equipped to handle new technology and it won’t be long until all school textbooks are available on one light and easy to carry Kindle and the days of carrying heavy satchels and book bags around will be over.

4. What is your policy for working with children’s authors? How can they contact you, what age level are you looking for, and how many books do you showcase per author?

Kindle for Kids was set up primarily for indie authors who often find it hard to market and promote their books. Visibility is so important – if people don’t know your books are there, how can they buy them.? There is a contact form on the ‘About’ page of the Kindle for Kids site for authors to use. We take books suitable for the 6 – 13 age bracket and, due to space restrictions mostly, we feature only one book per author, though they can also supply me with titles and links to all their children’s books.

5. What are your hopes for your site in the future?
Kindle for Kids was always envisaged as more than just a static listing site. I like to think of us as a community of writers. In the future, as well as continuing to highlight a selection of great books, I would like to offer readers the chance to interact with writers – and vice-versa. I hope to offer giveaways and the occasional children’s writing competition, with books from the site as prizes. I’m fairly free in my mind as to how the site will develop and always open to suggestions from readers and writers alike but, already, it is one of the foremost sites on the internet for discovering children’s books and I intend to keep it that way.

6. Could you share your social networking links such as Twitter and Facebook?
Gladly.
Twitter: @LyndaWilcox

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LyndaWilcoxBooks

Join the 5-Day Family Flag Challenge

Get this series of patriotic family activities delivered straight to your in-box: receive ideas for crafts, easy recipes, drawing projects, educational videos, and more.

Powered by ConvertKit
Stacy Juba's Characters At A Crossroads Blog

Comments

  1. Your site sounds intriguing, Lydia. I have also noticed a lack of resources for indie authors of children’s books, and it’s hard to find information about kindle children’s books as a parent as well.

    Thanks for featuring this, Stacy. I’ll be back on the 17th too.

  2. Thanks for coming by, Bridgette. Lynda does have a neat site. Hope you enjoy Thursday’s free book day!

  3. Hi, Bridgette, nice to know you’re intrigued! Do pop over and see us at Kindle for Kids. We’ve currently got a free short story for children on offer – one of a number in the archives – as well as over 50 ebooks and authors listed there. Yor’re sure to find something of interest to you as well as the younger members of the family. We look forward to seeing you. Happy e-reading!

Stacy Juba