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August 16, 2011 4:01 PM Subscribe
B&N Nook Color for a kid: seeking tips on making it child-friendly, child-safe, best apps, and how to provide a budget for buying books that cannot be exceeded . . .
posted by spitbull to technology (6 answers total)
I have decided to purchase a Nook Color as a birthday present for a child turning 11, a very avid reader and a typical gadget-loving technophilic kid of that age for whom an iPad would be a bit too much and for whom a dedicated e-reader with a direct purchase capability is potentially a perfect fit. Kid has a laptop for schoolwork and writing and art, and also spends a lot of time on it for entertainment, but also spends hours at a time reading books and can easily spend 2 hours reading in the aisles at Barnes and Noble and still be reluctant to leave even with an armload of new books.
So I'm looking for tips on setting this up for maximum use value from any other parents who have bought a Nook for a kid. I'd like suggestions for specific apps, unexpected cool things a kid can do with the device, library borrowing on the Nook, etc.
But I am also specifically interested in whether one can implement parental controls on the web browser or on the Nook store itself.
Finally, I'm trying to game out how to provide the recipient with a regularly replenished budget for purchasing books on the Nook store, but I'd like to prevent her from going (massively) over budget on my credit card. B&N rep tells me there is no way this can be implemented directly on the Nook store, although I can keep her stocked with store credit through gift cards (but if those are exceeded, it would just charge my regular credit card behind the account). I suppose I could create the account linked to a debit card or a prepaid credit card, although the rep wasn't sure this would work. So . . .has anyone tried that and did it work?
And an add-on Nook Color question: is there any app that accepts handwritten/drawn input from a stylus or a fingertip?