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Initial post: Dec 11, 2012 8:18:50 PM PST
Swilliams987 says:
Has anyone used FreeTime unlimited? I would like to purchase a KFHD for my little one for Christmas, but I'm wondering if the picture books read out loud to the child the way that the LeapPad & Innotab do? Secondly, and for when WIFI is not available, what type of content can be downloaded through FreeTime unlimited? Our local stores do not have a functioning KFHD on display...

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 8:26:44 PM PST
BookLover says:
The picture books do not read aloud, but there is a selection of apps that look a lot like books, typically have animations, and can read aloud to a child. You can search for Oceanhouse Media in the app store to see a description of this type of book app for an example. I don't recall which specific titles are available, though- sorry! I'm pretty sure the apps can be downloaded for later use, and books, but I don't think you can download the videos.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 8:33:33 PM PST
I thought in my browsing I saw some "active content" kids books that read aloud to the child. There are lots of "apps" that are really e-books that read aloud as well.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 8:45:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 8:46:49 PM PST
jsh1120 says:

Think of "FreeTime Unlmited" as a sort of "Prime for Kids." It is a subscription service tightly integrated with the freetime Kindle FreeTime app. It includes selected books, videos, and apps that are expected to change from time to time and are supposedly selected to match the gender and age of the child user profile in the Kindle FreeTime app.

As the posts above note, many childrens' "books" are actually apps that include narration and may have limited features for user interaction, usually by touching the screen. Some of these apps are available in KFTU. Others can be downloaded to the device from outside Kindle FreeTime and the made accessible in the app.

In addition, the KFTU subscription service includes hundreds of true books that can be downloaded free of charge and kept on the device (as BookLover suggests). Accessing the downloaded books (as well as the downloaded apps above) does not require an ongoing wifi connection. However, if you cancel your KFTU subscription, the books (and apps) will disappear from the device. Furthermore, the books and apps downloaded via KFTU can be accessed ONLY within KFTU. That is not true of other apps and books (and videos) you download outside KFTU.

Finally, there are many videos (not sure how many and they vary by age/gender of the user) that are available for streaming from within KFTU. This is analogous to the video streaming feature of Amazon Prime but is a completely separate set of videos. Like Prime Videos, these can be streamed free of charge but only if the KF is on a wifi network with internet access.

So what it comes down to is that Kindle FreeTime can be used independently of Kindle FreeTime Unlimited. The latter is simply a subscription service for content delivered to and accessible by the former. You'll find many apps/books/videos available for the KFHD that can be enabled in Kindle FreeTime. But with KFTU you'll have additional content that comes "free" (aside from the monthly subscription fee.) You may have to experiment with creating a user profile for your child if you feel the selections for a specific gender/age combination is not giving you the content you'd like to see. You can try the KFTU for a month free of charge and see if it works for you.

Hope that helps.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2012 10:36:01 PM PST
Swilliams987 says:
Thank you for the detailed information! I think I will give it a try!

Posted on Dec 13, 2012 7:15:11 AM PST
So far I am very happy with the freetime unlimited. My grandkids havent tried it yet, but I played around with it for an hour or so last night:)
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