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Kindle Fire owners get free access to Washington Post

Kindle Fire owners get free access to Washington Post
The Washington Post's new Kindle app gives its 42-million monthly readers a new way to read the paper. (Ted S. Warren / Associated Press)

The Washington Post announced a new app on Thursday that gives Amazon Fire tablet users free online access to the paper.

Fire owners have free access to The Washington Post for six months, with no subscription required. Readers would then have to sign up to pay $1 for the next six months, and then they would pay a monthly fee. The monthly fee would likely cost about $3 to $5 per month, the Post said.

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Amazon founder Jeff Bezos purchased the newspaper for $250 million last year.

"Digital reading opens up so many possibilities for experimentation, and the Washington Post’s new app offers an immersive news-reading experience that we hope our customers find engaging and informative,” Russ Grandinetti, Kindle's senior vice president, said in a statement.

The new app, designed with tablet readers in mind, has two editions released at 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time. Readers will have access to high-resolution photos and graphics, a reading view for stories, photos and video and a bird's-eye view for browsing.

The app will not include a local news edition, according to the Post.

Twitter: @ParviniParlance

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