If you haven’t noticed, computers are transforming books and publishing. For example, e-readers like Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad—along with the e-books that such e-readers allow people to read—are all the rage.
Another development in the digital publishing revolution is the growing availability of digital children’s books for reading online. One website at the forefront of this movement is Big Universe, which allows kids to read children’s books online. Today I offer a review of Big Universe. To conduct this review I made use of a rigorously selected focus group. Well, okay, my 9-year-old daughter fiddled around on the site for a while, but she was very helpful!
Read Children’s Books Online: Big Universe
Big Universe is a website that offers three main features. First, the site makes available a digital library—including fiction and non-fiction offerings—that allows kids to read children’s books online. The library has digital books for children of kindergarten age through eighth grade, in a wide range of categories and themes, such as action & adventure, animals, birds & insects, chapter books, classics, friendship, graphic novels, humor, religious, and transportation.
Big Universe’s reader interface is very slick: when you read a book, you can turn pages either by clicking on the arrows below the book, or by grabbing the edge of the page with the cursor and peeling it back as if you were reading a real book. Pretty cool. My focus group also liked the little Continue reading