updated 9/13/2012 6:19:40 PM ET 2012-09-13T22:19:40

For the first time, many of Roald Dahl's best-loved stories are today (Sept. 13) available as e-books in the United States.

Titles include "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "James and the Giant Peach" and "The Twits." A quick perusal of the author's offerings showed that only "The Witches" was missing from today's releases. The e-books sell for about $7 each.

Amazon, Barnes & Noble's Nook online store and Apple's iBookstore offer the titles, but you don't need one of their e-readers or tablets to read the stories. Amazon and Nook offer apps that can be used on most computers and phones, including  iPhones  and iPads — they just can't be used on one another's e-readers. iBookstore is only available on Apple devices.

While some parents may be resistant to digital formats, opting for traditional print books instead, e-books read on  e-readers  offer some advantages that may be especially helpful for kids transitioning from picture books to chapter books.

For instance, e-readers come with built-in dictionaries and other handy features for young readers. If a child comes across an unfamiliar word such as "hideous," a simple double tap on an iPad screen gives her the option to see the definition, highlight the word for later reference or take a note.

Electronic bookmarks will never slip out. And the new  Kindle Paperwhite  e-readers tell kids how much longer it will take them to finish the book at their current pace.

If you're looking for more classic chapter e-books, try "Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater," "Ramona Quimby" and others from Beverly Cleary, "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeleine L'Engle and "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster.

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