E-readers can be great for kids, especially a color model like the Kindle Fire.
In a device that weighs less than a pound, you can pack along hundreds of children's books -- a superb alternative to the overstuffed backpack that usually accompanies long car rides and plane trips.
Of course, e-books can be pricey, which is why it's hard to pass up this limited-time offer from Amazon: 47 children's e-books for Kindle for 99 cents each.
The books all come from Rabbit Ears Entertainment and normally cost $7.77 each.
These are illustrated versions of classic tales, including Washington Irving's "Rip Van Winkle," Rudyard Kipling's "How the Leopard Got His Spots," and Hans Christian Andersen's "The Emperor's New Clothes."
Each book features musical accompaniment and narration, with celebrities supplying most of the voices. For example, Robin Williams narrates "Pecos Bill," while Danny Glover handles the aforementioned Kipling tale.
The e-books are compatible with the Kindle Fire, though some will work with the Kindle for Android app as well. (Click "Available only on these devices" to see the compatibility list for any given title.)
This is a great chance to stock up on some great books for the impossible-to-beat price of a buck apiece.