Amazon's been selling kid-friendly editions of Fire tablets for a while, but now it's bringing the Kids Edition concept to its Kindle e-reader. The new Kindle Kids Edition includes the entry-level Kindle bundled with a case, one year free of Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited subscription service and a two-year free replacement guaranty should the device break. Available for preorder now, the bundle costs $110 and ships Oct. 30. The , without all those extras, otherwise costs $90, and there are currently no plans to offer Kids Edition versions of the Paperwhite or Oasis.
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Amazon describes FreeTime Unlimited as "an all-in-one subscription that gives kids access to thousands of kid-friendly books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, Audible books, and games on compatible Fire, Android, iOS and Kindle devices." The subscription for a single child (once the free year ends) costs $2.99 a month for Prime members or $4.99 a month for non Prime members. Meanwhile, a family plan for multiple children jumps to $6.99 for Prime members and $9.99 a month for non Prime members.
Once you subscribe to FreeTime Unlimited you can use it with any compatible device. Amazon recentlyand today it announced that a video-centric version is now available for Fire TV devices. FreeTime on Fire TV is available on the second-gen and , as well as first and second-gen . It's coming soon to select , according to Amazon.
Aside from its eye-catching case designs, the Kindle Kids Edition has some kid-friendly software features. Here's a quick look at the full feature set, according to Amazon:
- Achievement Badges: Kids can earn badges like Book Worm and Over Achiever when they make progress toward pre-defined goals.
- Easy Discovery: With enhanced browsing and search, kids can locate titles without the exact spelling. And with smart recommendations, kids can find books related to the genres, authors and characters they like.
- Word Wise: Kids are automatically provided short and simple definitions above difficult words, so they can keep reading with fewer interruptions.
- Dictionary: If kids come across a difficult word, they can select the word to look up the definition via the built-in Kindle dictionary.
- Vocabulary Builder: Words looked up in dictionaries are automatically added to Vocabulary Builder and turned into flashcards for future review and learning.
- Kid-friendly Wallpaper: A unique set of lock screen wallpapers designed specifically for kids are included.
Separately, Amazon also announced an updated version of its Fire HD 10 tablet.