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Old 12-05-2012, 06:16 AM   #1
fjtorres
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Kindle Freetime Unlimited Subscription Service

One step closer to "netflix-for-books".
Adult version under consideration.

Press Release: http://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?&docId=1000863021

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Kindle FreeTime Unlimited is the first-ever all-in-one subscription that brings together all the types of content that kids and parents love - books, games, educational apps, movies and TV shows. With unlimited access to thousands of hand-picked titles for kids ages 3-8, parents don't have to spend time (and money) guessing what their kids will enjoy, and kids can explore a world of age-appropriate content on their own - no ads, no in-app purchases
Priced at $4.99 per month for one child, $9.99 per month Family account (up to 6 kids)
PRIME members get it at $2.99 and $6.99, respectively.

CNET Report with Video: http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19736_7...ption-service/

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Looking at it another way, the service is similar to what Amazon is serving up to Prime members in terms of free video streaming of select videos and once-a-month borrowing of titles from the company's Kindle Lending Library -- but FreeTime Unlimited extends into the realm of apps and games and has no restrictions on how many books kids can read per month.
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Amazon lists Andrews McMeel Publishing, Chronicle Books, DC Comics, Disney, HIT Entertainment, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Marvel, Nickelodeon, PBS and Sesame Workshop among its launch partners.
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Larsen highlighted that apps would have all in-app payments, advertisements and social media removed. He also said that not only would videos be available for streaming, but they could be downloaded for on-the-go-use as well, when a WiFi connection wasn't available. It's unclear what, if any videos, are already available for free streaming to Prime members.
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As for Amazon launching a premium subscription service for adult-oriented content, Larsen said nothing was in the works but anything was possible.

"We want to see how this goes," he said. "But we think it's a compelling offering for very affordable price."

Alas, Kindle FreeTime Unlimited won't be available to owners of the original Kindle Fire (2011), but Larsen didn't rule it out coming to that device in the future. Owners of the latest Kindle tablets will get a chance to sample the new service for free for a month.
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