Amazon debuts its first-ever Kindle Kids Edition

From CNET: 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 2-year free replacement guaranty should the device break. Available for pre-order now, the bundle costs $110 and ships Oct. 30. The same hardware, without all those extras, otherwise costs $70, and there are currently no plans to offer the Paperwhite or Oasis in Kids Edition versions.

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 recently announced the service for Echo devices and today it announced that a video-centric version is now available for Fire TV devices. FreeTime on Fire TV is available on Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen) and Fire TV Stick 4K, as well as first and second-generation Fire TVs. It's coming soon to select Fire TV Edition smart TVs, according to Amazon.

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