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Read books for kids online free: MagicBlox website offers free children’s eBooks

Read books for kids online free: MagicBlox website offers free children’s eBooks
Read books for kids online free: MagicBlox website offers free children’s eBooks
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If you’re looking for free children’s books and engaging stories to read online, you might want to check out the popular website called MagicBlox, which has been around since 2009, providing such a service to younger readers.

They offer a free “Ladybug Access Pass” that allows customers to download one free book every month at absolutely no charge. In case your little ones soak up books at a faster pace than one per month, MagicBlox.com also has a “Book Worm” access pass that allows for the download of 5 books each month for $2.99, and the “Butterfly” access pass for unlimited reading for $3.99 monthly.

They’ve also released a new coupon code offer – LOVETOREAD – which will allow parents, teachers and anyone who loves delightful kids’ books to download an unlimited amount of eBooks from their extensive library of online children’s books for $2.99 per month.

The website’s wide range of age-appropriate books ensures that children from pre-school aged toddlers all the way up to middle school tweens will find something they can enjoy – and the hefty library of digital data ensures that those 15-minute line increments of at-home reading that many schools require gets completed in a fun way without much fussing and prodding from Mom.

Free books for kids that come alive with videos, sounds, images and animation

The best thing about the new era of electronic books for children is that delivering them in digital format allows authors to take full advantage of the multi-media sensations kids have come to expect from their entertainment.

With nearly 700 titles and growing – new eBooks for children are being added regularly to the website – MagicBlox offers adults a great way to expand their digital library for kids as an alternative or addendum to programs like Amazon Prime’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, about which it was recently announced the retail giant planned to increase their annual fee from $79 to $99 for subscribers.

MagicBlox is like Netflix for parents and YouTube for children’s book authors

The bonus for the parents of little bibliophiles is that they can choose a subscription model and then simply set the tiny tykes free on the website without a ton of oversight, because each book published on the website has been approved as appropriate for a specific children’s age grouping.

Many of us writers may remember the brouhaha that ensued when Amazon thankfully removed a bunch of abuse-themed books that didn’t belong on the site in the first place. Because of crazy content that could potentially be found in the Kindle Store, I have tended to look over my children’s shoulders at times when they have scrolled through it looking for books on my iPad.

With the necessity of children needing to reach out to find books to fulfill book report assignments for school, or to simply look for something interesting to entertain them that isn’t necessarily a video game, it helps to have sites like this one in our arsenal.

After setting up an account, customers can use that single account to read the variety of eBooks they select either via the web or by using various tablet devices. Either scroll through the entire library of books, or choose from the options offered through the drop-down menus to further narrow down your selection.

You can choose from a beginning, intermediate or advanced reading level, and there exists a plethora categories that range from the environment to action & adventure to food-related tomes. The “features” tab is what helps you find books with all the bells and whistles such as musical sounds, illustrations, and more interactive elements.

The fabulous future of eBooks for children

Near the end of April 2014, the MagicBlox website plans to release an iPad app, which will represent one more means of accessing free books for children to read online, whether you’re on the go on a road trip miles from home or lounging around on a sleepy Saturday afternoon at home looking for something interesting to do with the kids.

According to Nielsen Market Research data, sales of eBooks for kids will most likely grow in 2014 and years beyond, having been driven by strong interest in sales of books such as the Hunger Games series and the Divergent trilogy. It’s no doubt that websites and writers taking advantage of the trend will benefit from being on the cutting edge.