Kindle FreeTime arrives on Kindle Paperwhite: Helps parents encourage children to read

Amazon has announced that its enhanced parental controls, Kindle FreeTime, will be available on the Kindle PaperWhite.

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Kindle FreeTime extends the built-in parental controls allowing them to encourage their children to spend more time reading. Parents can set daily reading goals, select books and track their progress.

Kindle FreeTime will be delivered as an over-the-air update to Kindle Paperwhite owners over the coming weeks.

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Children will be encouraged to read as the update gives badges for achievements like when certain reading milestone are reached. For example reading 1,000 pages will award them so they feel driven to continue. The parental progress report includes details like total time spent reading, number of words looked up, badges earned and books finished.

The software update also adds Cloud Collections. This is a new way to organise books, newspapers, and magazines in customised collections. Amazon’s Whispersync synchronises the collections across Kindle devices and reading apps so they’re available on all of your gadgets.



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