McDonald’s give UK free e-books

Kids in the UK are getting something a little more digital with their McDonald’s Happy Meal: an e-book.Forget racecars and Disney princesses. If only the child detectives could forever solve the mystery of what’s actually in McDonald’s chicken nuggets. However, this is the first time Ronald has gotten a digital retailer like Kobo in on the action. Enthusiastic kids who still want to fill the bookshelf in their room or moms afraid of ketchup stains on their e-readers can also snag a £1 coupon with their meal to pick up a traditional copy of the books.

Over the past two years, the annual initiative has passed out millions of books, and is touted as quite a success although we’re not quite sure how “happy” we’d be about getting an e-book rather than a toy. The golden arches is partnering with Kobo to include a download code for one of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven children’s mystery books with every meal purchased between now and June 3rd as part of its annual “Happy Readers” program. Image credit: Steve Daniels. Let me know what you are thinking.