New Amazon Unlimited Service For Kids: Amazon has just introduced a new service for kids called Kindle FreeTime. This new service can be accessed through newer Kindle Fires and offers users unlimited access to the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited library which includes access to thousands of e-books, games, movies, TV shows and educational apps for kids ages 3 to 8. FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service that has two tiers of costs; one tier for Amazon Prime members and another for all other Amazon customers. Amazon Prime members pay $2.99 per month per child for the service or $6.99 per month for a family of children (up to 6 children); the cost for all other Amazon customers is $4.99 per month for one child or $9.99 for a family of children (up to 6 children).

And just in case you were wondering, you can indeed set up Kindle Fires so that kids can’t buy anything while they are using the Kindles, so they cannot access the web browser and you can also adjust the setting so that kids using Kindle FreeTime can only access certain formats for a certain period of time. So for example, if you want to you can allow your kids to read at all times but limit their watching of videos to a hour an day and their usage of apps to an hour a day.

The PaidContent site offers an article on this new service today titled Amazon’s All You Can Eat Kids Kindle Content Should Scare Competitors – here’s the link:

http://paidcontent.org/2012/12/05/amazons-all-you-can-eat-kids-kindle-content-should-scare-competitors/

And here’s the link to the official Amazon Kindle FreeTime Unlimited page:

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

And More: The “And More” in the blog title for today referrers to the fact that I came across several tech articles that I thought I’d share but that I didn’t want to write a book length blog posting to discuss (who me write a long blog posting!). So here are the links as well as a brief description of the articles:

There are five “More” tech articles links listed below.

Tech articles one and two are the second and third articles in the Mac Observer series, that was first mentioned in this blog on November 30, that discusses the differing types of e-reading devices, the different types of e-book formats and highlights the big differences between dedicated e-ink e-readers, reading tablets (like the Kindle Fire and B&N Nook HD) and fully fledged tablets (like the iPad and Google Nexus).

Article 3 is from Forbes, is titled When Self-Published Ebooks Become Best-Sellers and discusses the growing trend of authors self-publishing their works online; article 4 is Wall Street Journal tech guru Walt Mossberg’s review of iTunes 11; and article 5 is from CNET and offers a quick review of how you can pre-order e-books for your new Android tablet or smart phone – from the Google Play Store.

1. Mac Observer Everything About eBooks & eReaders, Pt 2: eBook Types:

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/everything-about-ebooks-ereaders-pt-2-ebook-types

2. Everything About eBooks & eReaders, Pt 3: Apple’s iPad:

http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/everything-about-ebooks-ereaders-pt-3-apples-ipad

3. When Self-Published Ebooks Become Best-Sellers:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeremygreenfield/2012/12/03/when-self-published-ebooks-become-best-sellers/

4. iTunes Gets an Upgrade Without Missing a Beat:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324355904578159220876451226.html

5. Preorder E-Books From Google Play Store:

http://howto.cnet.com/8301-11310_39-57555623-285/preorder-e-books-from-google-play/

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Amazon Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. (2012, December 5). Amazon.com.

Cozma, Nicole. (2012, November 28). Preorder E-Books From Google Play. CNET.

Greenfield, J. (2012, December 3). When Self-Published Ebooks Become Best-Sellers. Forbes.

Martellaro, John. (2012, November 29). Everything About eBooks & eReaders, Pt 2: eBook Types. The Mac Observer.

Martellaro, John. (2012, December 4). Everything About eBooks & eReaders, Pt 3: Apple’s iPad. The Mac Observer.

Mossberg, Walt. (2012, December 4). iTunes Gets an Upgrade Without Missing a Beat. The Wall Street Journal.

 

 

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