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Kindle Fire Owners Getting Free Amazon Coins

Free gift marks launch of new digital currency


amazon coinAll current and new owners of Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) Kindle Fire will get a digital bonus this week.

Each owner will receive 500 Amazon Coins — equivalent to $5 — in their Amazon accounts to celebrate the launch of the digital currency, CNet reports.

The new digital coins — which can only be used in the Amazon Appstore — launch this week and can be used to purchase apps, games and in-app items for the Kindle Fire. Users will find the credit in their accounts this week.

Amazon announced the creation of the digital currency back in February. Users can purchase the coins in small or large lots. However, if they buy in amounts greater than $50 — 5,000 coins — they will receive a 10% discount on the price of the coins.

“Today we are giving Kindle Fire owners $5 worth of coins to spend on new apps and games, or to purchase in-app items, such as recipes in iCookbook, song collections in SongPop or mighty falcon bundles in Angry Birds Star Wars,” said Mike George, Amazon’s VP of apps and games.

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