October 6, 2015

Amazon Launches an Unlimited Content Service For Kids With Books, Games, Video and More

As we’ve asked in the past what do services offering unlimited content for a monthly fee mean for library collections and usage? Have libraries/are libraries preparing for these services? What, if anything, should libraries be doing (in terms of collections) should libraries be doing?

In November 2011 Amazon.com launched the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library where Kindle owners (who also subscribe to Amazon Prime) can access one book per month at no extra charge. Close to 200,000 titles are now part of the library.

Today, Amazon has launched “Kindle FreeTime Unlimited” with content aimed at kids age 3-8.

The service costs $2.99/month for Amazon Prime subscribers and $6.99/month for others. The service is available for the new Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″.

What’s Available?

Content from publishers including:

+ Andrews McMeel Publishing
+ Chronicle Books
+ DC Comics
+ Disney
+ HIT Entertainment
+ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
+ Marvel
+ Nickelodeon
+ Reading Rainbow
+ Sesame Workshop and more

All apps have in-app payments, advertisements and social media removed.

Kindle FreeTime Unlimited builds on the Kindle FreeTime features that launched with the latest Kindle models.

Learn More About Kindle FreeTime Unlimited

Read the Complete Amazon.com Announcement

Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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