Jeff Kinney’s bestselling middle grade series Diary of a Wimpy Kid, closely following its recent box office success, is now available for pre-order for Kindle. The first seven books are available for the pre-order; books one through six will be delivered wirelessly on October 30th, and the seventh book, The Third Wheel, will be delivered on its publication date of November 15th.
“We’re thrilled to have the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series available for our Kindle customers,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President, Kindle Content, in a press release. “We took care to faithfully reproduce the diary entries and illustrations in Jeff Kinney’s outstanding series, and they look great on both our Kindle e-readers and our new Kindle Fires. This is a perfect example of why we built FreeTime on Kindle Fire – kids are going to love reading these books.”
While the Wimpy Kid series is the bestselling kids’ fiction series so far this year, the next book in the series is already the most pre-ordered kids’ lit book of 2012. Additionally, Amazon released information on its new FreeTime feature, that allows parents to control their children’s digital content and the time spent utilizing it.
“The books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, along with over 7,000 other children’s books, will be available in Kindle’s new Free Time feature, which gives parents easy-to-use tools to personalize their children’s digital media experience. With FreeTime, parents never have to worry what content their kids will access—parents select all the content their kids can see and kids can’t exit FreeTime without a password. FreeTime also lets parents limit their kids’ screen time by content type—they may choose to limit videos and games, for example, but make reading time unlimited. Kindle FreeTime will be available soon on the all new Kindle Fire devices.”
Scholastic issued an email to clients earlier today announcing that the seventh Wimpy Kid title will be available as a Storia ebook on November 13th, two days prior to the Kindle launch. A sneak peek is available through the Scholastic website.