As part of the big update to its Kindle lineup, announced overnight, Amazon is planning a feature for its new Kindle Fire tablets and Kindle e-readers called “Family Library” — letting users connect their Amazon accounts to share content with family members.
The new feature “links your Amazon account to that of your spouse or partner so you can easily share apps, games, audiobooks, books, and Prime Instant Video content,” according to the company.
The feature, listed as “coming soon” on the Amazon product pages, isn’t expected to be available when the new devices are released next month, but will come out through a subsequent software update.
Amazon says Family Library will work across Amazon devices and Amazon’s third-party apps for platforms including iOS and Android. It can link the accounts of two adults, who can, in turn, manage up to four child accounts.
Although Prime Instant Video is included, the list of shareable content doesn’t include movies and shows purchased and downloaded individually from Amazon.
Apple rolled out a feature called Family Sharing with iOS 8 this week, which includes more types of content (including individually downloaded movies and shows) as well as family organizational features, such as a shared family calendar.