I've long since abandoned reading books in paper format. I have a Kindle Paperwhite and I love it. I have access to less expensive books (generally), on-demand. I can read in the dark. When I did midnight- 4 a.m. feeding with my daughter, it was awesome to have something else to do while she ate.
But I still buy board book and hardcovers for my children.
I've been rethinking this. First, my son is almost out of shelf space. I need to either buy another set of shelves or store his books elsewhere, in which case he won't have access to them as easily.
Second, schools in my town introduce tablets and laptops in elementary school. Having a Kindle for my children would teach them the basics of how to use a tablet: respect, care, charging it, clicking options, opening applications.
I do not want the e-reader to turn into another screen for them to stare at, but to read books, I don't think it's a bad option. As much as I love mine, a Kindle Paperwhite won't work. My children enjoy the color illustrations in their books. We're going to get a Kindle Fire.
Amazon offers a subscription to FreeTime Unlimited. Parental controls, access to books and learning apps, and a free month so we can try it out!
I'm planning to make it my 3-year-old's Easter present.