Kindle FreeTime Unlimited Gives Access to Thousands of Kids eBooksBy
Amazon hasÂ just introduced Kindle FreeTime Unlimited! It gives parents and kids access to ebooks, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows allÂ in one simple, unlimited, easy-to-use service for kids ages 3-8.Â For a special monthly price of just $2.99 per child or $6.99 for the whole family, Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of popular kids titles.Â Customers who are not yet Prime members can sign up for FreeTime Unlimited for a monthly price of $4.99 per child or $9.99 per family. Amazon plans on introducing these new features on the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9â€ťÂ in the next two weeks.
When you enroll in Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, kids will have access to Andrews McMeel Publishing, Chronicle Books, DC Comics, Disney, HIT Entertainment, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Marvel, Nickelodeon, PBS, Reading Rainbow, Sesame Workshop, and more. All of the apps, games and ebooks will have advertising and in-app payments removed, to make sure the little ones don’t rack up the bill.
The essence of this program is basically giving kids as many paid videos, apps, and games that they can consume. There are no limits on any of the media they want to watch, read, or play. Normally, Amazon Prime members get free two day shipping, 1 free ebook a month, and one Prime Video. This new project seeks to give you an ‘all you can eat’ for an additional monthly fee. Considering each kid friendly app costs around $2.99 and each book $3 – $10, this is worth it.
â€śAs a parent, itâ€™s hard to predict what my daughter is going to enjoy, or which movie sheâ€™s going to watch 50 times in a rowâ€”so I buy a range of content and hope for the bestâ€”but I get it wrong frequently,â€ť said Peter Larsen, Vice President, Amazon Kindle.Â â€śFreeTime Unlimited gives kids the freedom to explore age-appropriate content on their own and pick for themselves what they want to watch, play, or read next.Â For as little as $2.99 a month, your child will have unlimited access to thousands of popular books, games, educational apps, movies, and TV shows from Disney, Nickelodeon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, PBS, Sesame Workshop, and more.â€ť
SEATTLEâ€”December 5, 2012â€”(NASDAQ: AMZN)â€”Amazon today introduced Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, bringing together for the first time all of the types of content kids and parents loveâ€”books, games, educational apps, movies and TV showsâ€”into one simple, unlimited, easy-to-use service for kids ages 3-8.Â For a special monthly price of just $2.99 per child or $6.99 for the whole family, Prime members get unlimited access to thousands of popular kids titles.Â Customers who are not yet Prime members can sign up for FreeTime Unlimited for a monthly price of $4.99 per child or $9.99 per family.Â FreeTime Unlimited will be available on the all-new Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9â€ť as part of a free, over-the-air software update that will be automatically delivered in the coming weeks.
Kids will love FreeTime Unlimited because:
-Â They can explore all the content on their own and pick for themselves what to read, watch or play next
-Â Â All of their favorite characters are includedâ€”Elmo, Dora, Thomas & Friends, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen, Curious George and more
-Â With individual profiles, everything in their library is theirsâ€”no sharing a home screen with siblings or parents and no losing their place in a movie or TV show when someone else picks up the Kindle Fire
-Â They can easily explore their favorite topicsâ€”pick a favorite subject like â€śPrincessesâ€ť and navigate seamlessly between princess books, princess games and princess TV shows
Parents will love FreeTime Unlimited because:
-Â All apps have in-app payments, advertisements and social media removed
-Â They donâ€™t have to worry that kids will run up a bill
-Â All-you-can-eat pricing means they donâ€™t have to enter into negotiations with kids about what to buy or rentâ€”â€śYou already rented that yesterdayâ€ť is a relic of the past
-Â Â All of the content is already pre-screened for age-appropriateness
â€śAs a parent itâ€™s hard to predict what my daughter is going to enjoy, or which movie sheâ€™s going to watch 50 times in a rowâ€”so I buy a range of content and hope for the bestâ€”but I get it wrong frequently,â€ť said Peter Larsen, Vice President, Amazon Kindle.Â â€śFreeTime Unlimited gives kids the freedom to explore age-appropriate content on their own and pick for themselves what they want to watch, play or read next.Â For as little as $2.99 a month, your child will have unlimited access to thousands of popular books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows from Disney, Nickelodeon, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, PBS, Sesame Workshop and more.â€ť
Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is an optional extension to Kindle FreeTime, a free feature on the new Kindle Fire family, which re-invents parental controls and offers parents new tools like Time Limits, which helps parents manage their kidsâ€™ screen time. FreeTime Unlimited is designed to make FreeTime even better for parents and kids: when a parent signs up for FreeTime Unlimited, thousands of content titles automatically appear in FreeTime, sorted by their kidsâ€™ age and gender, alongside the titles parents have already approved from their own collection of content.Â Kids can follow their own imaginations across books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows without being dependent on help from mom and dad.Â Parents can feel comfortable handing off their Kindle Fire to their kids, knowing that all of the content is age-appropriate. Kids will recognize many of their favorite characters like Elmo, Dora, Thomas & Friends, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Lightning McQueen and Curious Georgeâ€”all available with Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.
â€śWith games like Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry? Disney is bringing hours of entertainment to Kindle users in any age group,â€ť said Tim O’Brien, VP of Business Development, Disney Games. â€śAmazon’s Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is a great way to introduce some of Disney’s most popular apps to an even larger audience.â€ť
â€śNickelodeon has been serving kids for more than 33 years â€“ providing them with fun and enjoyable experiences on multiple platforms,â€ť said Steve Youngwood, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Digital Nickelodeon. â€śWe are thrilled to offer our content as part of Amazon’s innovative new service for kids.â€ť
â€śWe are thrilled that HIT Entertainmentâ€™s trusted content portfolio is part of the launch of Kindle FreeTime Unlimited,â€ť said Natasha Fishman, Senior Director, Digital Media & Marketing, HIT Entertainment.Â â€śOur beloved brands, including Thomas & FriendsÂ©, Bob the BuilderÂ©, Fireman SamÂ©, BarneyÂ©, Angelina BallerinaÂ©, and PinguÂ© encourage discovery and inspire imagination in kids and are a perfect complement to FreeTime Unlimitedâ€™s carefully curated mix.Â Â Whether itâ€™s playing with apps, reading e-books, or watching movies, fans will have plenty of their favorite HIT characters from which to choose.â€ť
â€śPBS KIDS is dedicated to providing educational and engaging content that opens up worlds of possibilities for kids,â€ť said Lesli Rotenberg, Senior Vice President, Childrenâ€™s Media, PBS. â€śWe are excited to work with Amazon on Kindle FreeTime Unlimited to offer a new opportunity for todayâ€™s on-the-go kids to play and explore with their favorite PBS KIDS characters in an age-appropriate way.â€ť
â€śI am excited that Reading Rainbow has been chosen by Amazon to be a key representative of quality children’s programming in their new FreeTime Unlimited offering,â€ť said LeVar Burton, Host and Producer of the iconic television show. Â â€śIn making these 25 episodes of Reading Rainbow available for children, I hope that they and their parents can enjoy watching the series together, and remind themselves that through the pages of a good book, they can go anywhere.â€ť
â€śWe are thrilled to work with Amazonâ€™s newest service to deliver some of the most engaging educational content weâ€™ve created for children and their families,â€ť said Scott Chambers, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Media Distribution, Sesame Workshop. Â â€śFrom Sesame Street episodes, eBooks, and apps to episodes of our other award-winning series The Electric Company and Pinky Dinky Doo, our offering encourages children to learn while having fun with some of their favorite characters.â€ť
The Best Games and Learning Apps for Kids
FreeTime Unlimited offers many of the most popular childrenâ€™s games, with all in-app ads and in-app purchasing removed.Â Games include Disneyâ€™s bestselling Whereâ€™s My Water? and Whereâ€™s My Perry?, as well as Fruit Ninja Puss Nâ€™ Boots, Cut The Rope, Peekaboo Barn, Counting with the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Magic Piano and popular early development games like Kids Learn to Read, My First Puzzles Dinosaurs and SUPER WHY!
Favorite Childrenâ€™s Books
Kindle FreeTime Unlimited features beautiful childrenâ€™s picture books, including new and classic favorites like Big Nate, Ivy and Bean, Phineas & Ferb, Shrek, and Kung Fu Panda as well as books by Caldecott-honored authors such as Chris Van Allsburgâ€™s â€śJumanjiâ€ť and Barbara Lehmanâ€™s â€śThe Red Book.â€ť
FreeTime Unlimited also includes hundreds of eBook apps with Read-to-Me functionality and in-book games from characters such as Thomas & Friends, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Arthur, Duck and Goose, Caillou and Superman, and from award-winning childrenâ€™s author Sandra Boynton (â€śMoo, Baa, La La La!â€ť).
Popular Kids Movies and TV Shows
FreeTime Unlimited includes movies from Barney, Thomas & Friends, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam and Angelina Ballerina, as well as TV shows like Sesame Street, Spongebob Squarepants, Dora the Explorer, Blueâ€™s Clues, Diego, Yo Gabba Gabba, The Backyardigans, Rugrats, Arthur, Reading Rainbow, Caillou,Â and Garfield.
Amazon is also working with Common Sense Media, the non-profit organization that provides independent ratings of books, movies, television, apps, games, websites, and music, and many of their top-rated media choices for children are included in Kindle FreeTime Unlimited.
â€śMillions of parents trust Common Sense Media’s ratings and reviews to find quality media for their kids, and we’re excited to work with Amazon to inform a great deal of the selections available in Kindle FreeTime Unlimited, making this a great choice for parents,â€ť said Amy Guggenheim Shenkan, President and COO of Common Sense Media. â€śWe also endorse FreeTime Unlimitedâ€™s ad-free environment and blocking of in-app purchases for kids as we know from experience that these features will make parents more comfortable.â€ť
FreeTime Unlimited will be available on the all-new Kindle Fire family as part of a free, over-the-air software update that will be automatically delivered in the coming weeks.Â After receiving the software update, customers can sign up for FreeTime Unlimited from within the Kindle FreeTime app on their $159 Kindle Fire, $199 Kindle Fire HD, and $299 Kindle Fire HD 8.9â€ť.Â Customers can learn more at www.amazon.com/freetimeunlimited.
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