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Amazon is offering free audio books through Audible for kids and teens

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Parents across America have a new, free option to access literature for their young students.

Audible, an Amazon company that offers audio books on the web, has announced that it is providing hundreds of audio books for free in response to schools being closed across America.

“For as long as schools are closed, we’re open. Starting today, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids,” says the statement from Audible.

The titles available are sorted into categories such as “Little Listeners”,“Teen” and “Literary Classics” and are available at stories.audible.com.

As parents across the United States work to move into remote learning or homeschooling, the service could provide incredible value to children, who can access titles as diverse as “Winnie-the-Pooh” and “Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Friends” to “Diary of a 6th Grade Ninja” and Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged.”

The titles are available in six languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, and Japanese.

Users can stream the audio with no passwords, accounts or logins or cost on tablets, computers and smartphones. Audible says users should make sure they are using the latest version Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge browsers.

Audible says it will keep the service open for free during the duration of the current unforeseen circumstances to help young people’s minds stay engaged while daily routines are disrupted.

The company also says the system is designed to be a completely anonymous experience with the lack of requirements for passwords or accounts, etc.

If users want to stop and then pick up where they left off in a story, they need to use the same device and browser. Only the last story a user was listening to will be saved.

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