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Kindle FreeTime on new PW...for adults

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Initial post: Sep 4, 2013 2:52:27 PM PDT
Yes, I'm one of the current Paperwhite owners who quickly pre-ordered the new model. The new features look great - especially GoodReads integration - but I'm really excited about FreeTime. I want to set up an account for myself with those reading goals and so I can earn badges!! Anyone else interested in using the feature for themselves instead of their kids? I think it would be fun to use, even if it's meant as a parental control feature.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:54:21 PM PDT
MikeJW says:
Not me.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:55:45 PM PDT
Artist says:
I read for the pleasure of reading, not to win rewards/awards.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 2:55:59 PM PDT
Nope, not in the least.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 2:56:23 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 4, 2013 2:57:18 PM PDT
Erich says:
"I want to set up an account for myself with those reading goals and so I can earn badges!!"

I'm just going to post this link and slowly back out of the room...

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 3:01:45 PM PDT
I'm confused. You want a badge to reward yourself for reading? Feel you need to have a written goal of pages read to motivate you to read?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:01:51 PM PDT
I use a readers journal I got on Amazon. It doesn't give me badges but I get the same satisfaction as I fill up the pages with the books I read.

The Book Lover's Journal (Reading Journal, Book Journal, Organizer)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:04:20 PM PDT
JES says:
I would find it embarrassing using a program designed for kids.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 3:06:50 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I have no interest in it but can understand some people like to have goals for things like reading. The Audible app has "badges".

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:39:54 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:47:11 PM PDT
Just Peachy says:
I was the geeky child who lived for things like the Summer Reading program at the public library. I still keep track of books I read. I can tell you how many I have read per year. With Shelfari, I can also tell you how many pages I have read. Shelfari and Goodreads have goals you can set. So, there are a lot of people who do that. I do enjoy reading just for the sake of reading but the bean counter in me likes to see the statistical data.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 3:48:55 PM PDT
Wow, I guess my love of badges and fun isn't welcome here. I think the badges are a neato side feature! I read because I love to read - not FOR awards of any kind - but thought the idea of getting badges might appeal to others besides me. There is no shame in enjoying a feature that is geared toward kids, or in celebrating a certain number of pages or minutes read.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:50:11 PM PDT
Yep, same here! I use Goodreads now and wish I had data on my earlier reading days. Fascinating stuff.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:52:02 PM PDT

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 3:54:42 PM PDT
No one said there was any shame in it, but then, that's not what you asked. Twisting it is the childish part.

Posted on Sep 4, 2013 4:12:02 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
I like the idea of the badges, if its well done. Kobo has some really cool ones in its reading life system, like some for reading at certain times of day (for example, between midnight and 2am) or reading certain types of books, completing a book longer than a certain size, etc. they also have a bunch of secret ones, that you don't know about until you get it. That sounds fun to me. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 4:52:09 PM PDT
JES said he'd be embarrassed to use a program designed for kids. I don't think my response about shame was unwarranted.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 5:10:37 PM PDT
I think there's a big difference between self-consciousness/awkwardness and humiliation/distress. A result of the difference between doing something a bit silly and doing something actually wrong.


In reply to an earlier post on Sep 4, 2013 5:55:54 PM PDT
JES says:
I would be embarrassed. I have know idea what you would be embarrassed about. And if it doesn't embarrass you, I am fine with that.

Posted on Nov 27, 2013 10:11:22 PM PST
JP Burke says:
I'm not sure why people are so hostile to this idea. I'm interested in using FreeTime just for the metrics. I'd be interested to discover how much I'm reading over a long period of time.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 9:54:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2015 9:59:04 AM PDT
I use the kindle freetime in my kindle paperwhite for myself since I discovered it. I don't do it for the bagdes, but for the daily reading goal in minutes. And not because it forces me to read or because I like to achieve the reading goal, but because it allows me to be aware when my other activities are taking over on what I love to do most, which is reading. It is also better than just a watch, as it counts only the time spent really reading, and not just holding a book in your hands trying to read. With so many interruptions and, at least for me, so few posiblities to isolate myself and read, I sometimes find a considerable difference. And it is also better than just setting a goal in number of pages or books, because more than reading what I really love is to re-read, read slowly, read carefully. Kindle freetime is great for me. I just wish I could also add magazine and newspaper issues to my freetime profile. You still can find many articles, and not just books, that are worth rereading, reading slowly, reading carefully.

Posted on Apr 11, 2015 10:35:26 AM PDT
Though I have to admit that the badges are fun too.

Posted on Sep 19, 2015 4:57:44 AM PDT
Wow.. some of the responses are smug. Reminds me of some of the responses to e-readers when they first game out.

I love reading and am using Freetime (tho I am 40) as a tracker. The way I am using it is to help me track and encourage some different types of reading. Sure, everyone loves reading a good fiction book but every day I am targeting 30 min of non-fiction (Philosophy, science, or History). Then I move on to reading books that are ones that I'll consume regardless of trackers.

Badges (not the easy 30 min a day ones) are fun at the higher levels. Anyone looking down on an adult using them should rethink their viewpoint. It is only the increase in our cynical worldview that makes us stop loving games. Kids will love the badges because target -> goal is built into us.

I wonder how many 'Badges for adults, crazy' people with reading showed a friend smiling when they got the 'walked across Europe' badge on their Fitbit.

Only thing I do NOT like is that this functionality is limited to Kindle devices rather than the apps. I feel like they can require you activating it on one of their devices but the fact that I need to manually go and update my page number on a book outside of Freetime in order for me to have the page sync across my devices (just in case I want to read on my phone for 10 min before a meeting) is annoying.

However it is an annoyance I'm willing to deal with in order to have metrics.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2015 7:13:24 AM PDT
TuxGirl says:
Is there a way to show only the books on device in freetime on the paperwhite? I looked at doing freetime for the badges (I love how kobo does theirs), and also looked at it for my daughter, but I didn't see a good way to only show books on the device, so I ended up just putting her in the normal interface with the cloud blocked.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2015 12:41:28 PM PDT
Hey Vincent, thanks for focusing your comment on the potential benefits of the statistics - I too am heavy user of FreeTime as an adult (< 40 years old) for this very reason. Being able to keep track of the metrics for pages read, hours spent reading, and daily goals aggregated at the daily (for 1 week history), month, and total, well for the database guy like me is a treasure trove of information. Now if Amazon would only provide a metrics view on so we can review beyond the PW that would be awesome.
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