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  1. Jen Robinson
    Mar 28 - 5:01 pm

    Jennifer, you may have changed my life with this post. You can download Prime content on the new Kindle Fires? My daughter currently watches Prime content on the iPad, but I can only download what I’ve purchased, which can be an issue when we’re traveling… I have even purchased one season of a show that she loves that’s on Prime, just so that I could download it.

    I was thinking of getting an iPad Mini for her to use when we travel, but was put off by the cost. Even though we have our other apps on the Mac platform, it might just be worth picking up the small Kindle Fire for the Prime content alone. Which, of course, is what Amazon would love to hear ;-) But I do love Prime, too. Thanks!!

    • Jennifer
      Mar 28 - 6:27 pm

      Yes! Any of the new fires allow you to download content to watch offline. It used to be a bit tricky to figure out what content was available, but now you can search directly from your device to not only see the prime video content, but also the downloadable content. I don’t think that you can see on the website which prime content is available for download. I just browsed and was looking, but if you have specific questions about a series or movie, I could look for you using my Fire.

      They’re on sale now, I think — as low as $129 ($40 off! If you are going to get it for the purpose of having stuff stored on it, I’d probably get more than 8G. I can’t figure out what mine is (I tried to look), but it just got low on memory and I had to delete some files, which was fine.

      The apps definitely are not as good as apple, but they do have some (and in fact, I think that prime has some sort of Kindle Free Time kid app thing now as well), but you can not beat the price for a simple tablet to watch media and surf the net. For additional cost savings — don’t be afraid of the “special offers.” Basically it’s the screensaver, and once you unlock it, you don’t see anything else. You can also customize them if there is something that is objectionable for little eyes (not that there has been).

      • Jen Robinson
        Mar 28 - 6:42 pm

        Thanks for the additional details. I have the Paperwhite, and I adore it. But we do like the apps on the iPad. I’ll have to give it some serious thought before our next cross-country trip… The Free Time kid app would probably be fine for her… This is really helpful information.

  2. Ginny
    Mar 28 - 6:29 pm

    I have Amazon Prime, and the free shipping is nice. But I have to say that I’m much more likely to use my Barnes and Noble account for books these days. They also offer free shipping with no minimum purchase, and I like supporting a company that still has actual brick-and-mortar stores. I don’t want those stores (including the one in my neighborhood) to go away.

    • Jennifer
      Mar 28 - 10:13 pm

      I didn’t know that B&N had free shipping. That is a good point. I am lured in by amazon’s low low prices and convenience, but I do make an effort to buy books in “real” stores — I bought two today actually!

      • Ginny
        Mar 28 - 10:36 pm

        I agree — there’s nothing like going and browsing in a real bookstore! :)

        You do have to have a B&N membership to get the free shipping (I should have specified that in the post), but it’s totally worth the savings, and then some. Plus if you’re a member, they send you good coupons from time to time. I love getting those in the mail!

  3. Ms. Yingling
    Mar 30 - 11:10 am

    Very timely! My daughter and I got a trial account for spring break, and enjoyed the videos. I don’t order much online, but the free shipping and occasional discount is nice, but I’ve had little luck finding e books to borrow. The process seems laborious. Since my tv is from ’95, I don’t think it will hook uo to the computer. I agree that the price is decent, especially since I have enough Discover cash back bonus money at Amazon to cover it! Thanks for posting this.

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