Animorphs come to the Kindle
I mentioned the Animorphs in the Amazon Kindle community more than two years ago.
K.A. Applegate’s young adult series, about a group of kids who can turn into animals, was very popular ten to fifteen years ago.
There were more than fifty books published, a TV series…and we have a boardgame in the garage.
My kid was into them, so I read them all (and still have the paper copies in my library). I would probably only have read a couple if I didn’t enjoy them myself. They aren’t great literature, but well-written, exciting, and even a bit angsty popcorn books.
While primarily a science fiction adventure series, they also appealed to readers who wanted a little romance (but not to the soap opera level).
I had suggested that it could do really well on the Kindle. I saw it being offered in two ways: the individual novels for a few dollars, and the equivalent of a box set, an omnibus, with all the main series novels (54, I think) for maybe $100.
I was happy when C. Fenimore in the Amazon Kindle community gave the heads up the series was being released for the Kindle.
The first one is available for pre-order for May 1:
They’ve scheduled a couple more, and I’m sure that Scholastic will make a decision about converting the rest based on the sales of the first few.
If you are looking to get a middle-schooler (or so…younger could be okay) into reading, I think this could be a good way to do it.
The first book has 174 reviews on Amazon…149 of them are 5-stars (and another 17 are 4-stars). That’s remarkably good!
The release is interesting time-wise…if somebody read it as a ten-year old in 1995, that person would be about 26 now. It would be unlikely for a lot of people in that group to have kids old enough to enjoy them (although possible), so this will be largely either people buying them for their kids when the adults haven’t read them themselves, or adults wanting to re-read them.
At $5.59, it’s a bit higher than I would have priced them initially, but in-line with other young adult novels for the most part.
If you are looking for something for your kids or if you read young adult books yourself (perhaps to get away from some of the complications in your adult life), I recommend you try a sample.
Do you have Animorphs memories? Feel free to share them.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.