Amazon Prime adds new perk: Free access to over 1,000 Kindle eBooks!


A few weeks ago, Amazon, the A-to-Z online retailer, announced it was adding two new benefits to its Prime Membership: Free access to Amazon Channels and Audible.

Now, the e-commerce giant is adding another perk to its Prime member lineup called Prime Reading, which gives Prime subscribers free access to ‘over 1,000 eBooks, magazines, comics, Kindle Singles and more,’ according to the company’s website.

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USA Today reported Amazon would be offering favorites such as ‘Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone’ and ‘The Hobbit’, in addition to Lonely Planet travel guides. This new addition is yet another value-add for Prime members, and according to CNET, Amazon hopes the new offering will increase eBook sales on Amazon.

Kindle Unlimited: Not a part of Prime

Kindle Unlimited is another service offered by Amazon, but it is completely separate from Amazon Prime. Kindle Unlimited costs $9.99 a month and offers subscribers unlimited access to over 1 million eBooks and thousands of audiobooks, much like Netflix’s movie offering. But now that Amazon is offering Prime Reading with Prime membership, it seems Prime subscribers might get the best of both worlds by having access to a rotating selection of eBooks in any given month.

What do you get with Amazon Prime?

Not only is Amazon offering Prime Reading to the approximately 63 million Prime Members out there, but Prime Members also get to take advantage of these perks:

  • Free two-day shipping
  • Instant access to Amazon’s video streaming service
  • Unlimited music steaming to millions of songs
  • Audible Channels — Original audio series from Amazon
  • Free unlimited photo storage
  • Early access to select Amazon Lightning Deals
  • A $1.99 Kindle book every month from a selection of eBooks via Amazon First Reads

Though regular Prime Membership is $99, the student membership is half the price at $49, and both memberships can enjoy a free trial.

Whether or not Prime makes sense for your budget is ultimately up to you and your individual needs. Clark has said in the past that Amazon has become more about convenience versus getting the very best deal.

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