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Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty

30 May 2015

From TechCrunch:

Amazon wants parents to buy Kindles for their children and is today launching a discounted “Kindle for Kids Bundle” to encourage them to do so. This new package includes the combination of a Kindle e-reader, a durable cover, and an extended warranty on the device which protects against spills and drops. The Bundle is being sold for $99, which is a savings of $39.98 if all three items were purchased separately, notes Amazon.

The Kindle e-reader is designed for books, meaning it doesn’t support apps and games as with Kindle tablets. The device’s 4 GB of storage can hold thousands of books, and stays charged up to four weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off. Parents can buy Kindle books from Amazon, which today offers over 250,000 titles, or they can borrow e-books from their public library to use with the device.

The ad-free Kindle also supports “Kindle FreeTime,” which is Amazon’s included system for measuring reading progress, tracking accomplishments and earning achievement badges for reaching various milestones.

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Also thanks to FreeTime, kids won’t have access to websites or social media, or be able to make purchases from the Kindle store. Instead, parents can choose specific books for their kids to read on their device.

Link to the rest at TechCrunch

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5 Comments to “Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty”

  1. “… and stays charged up to four weeks, based on half an hour of reading per day with wireless off.”

    So ‘up to’ fourteen hours of use per charge? I think my much older kindle does better than that. And I hope they’ve made it easier to hunt down the book you want in the “thousands of books” it can hold.

    • It looks like they’ve skinned the Kindle to run only FreeTime; see the “Set Goals and Celebrate with Achievement Badges” midway down the product page:

      http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XIV00EO

      My first thought was that it would need a light, but then I realized that, from the “kid-friendly” cover to the extra warranty protection, it’s very much for younger children — which means it’s very much intended to be used with close parental supervision. Not necessarily a parent reading over a kid’s shoulder, but it sounds like the parents load the books on, set how long they want kids to read, etc.

      I think my biggest surprise is that there was no partnership involved. For me, “kid-friendly” would hopefully include a set of a dozen or so books from Amazon’s kid line or something from Scholastic, maybe.

      • Kids get a bunch of free books through school. I received a letter a few weeks ago. I need to find it and get the specifics.

  2. Kindle basic is $80 (but is frequently discounted to $70), warranty is $20, cover is $30 (Fintie sells one just as good for $10). So it’s a $30 discount, but if you were to time it with a sale, you could equal it at current prices.

    I think it’s great they’re promoting the e-reader kindle, but I wish they’d gone for the PaperWhite. For $40 more, it’s just an infinitely better experience and I think would keep people more interested, particularly school aged kids who may be reading on the bus or in the back seat of the car or in the basement as they listen to the Cure after painting their nails black over the unfairness of life.

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