US Amazon Prime members get free e-books and magazines

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Not an Amazon Prime member yet? Now there is one more reason to join – Amazon just announced Prime Reading which gives US Prime members access to free e-books and magazines on any device. No e-reader required: just download the Kindle app on your phone, tablet, or computer, and start reading!

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Amazon’s Prime membership was pretty revolutionary when it first launched: having things delivered in two days to your doorstep for an annual fee simply did not exist in North America. Since then, Amazon’s added a ton of other perks such as Prime Video, Prime Music, early access to Lightning Deals, and Amazon Drive.

Well, it looks like Amazon isn’t quite done yet. Amazon is introducing what is called Prime Reading: US Prime members can access unlimited reading from a selection of books, magazines, comics, and more:

Prime members can now enjoy an awesome selection of books including The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Man in the High Castle, plus magazines and more with Prime Reading – all for free on any device.

Although the selection is limited right now, our guess is Amazon will eventually expand its offering just like it did with Prime Video. If you are already an Amazon Prime member, you can head on over to Amazon’s website to start reading. If you are not, Amazon is offering a 30-day free trial of Prime here. After your trial period, if you wish to continue, it will be $ 99 a year, unless you are a student, in which case it will be $ 49 a year.

For all Prime members out there: will you be trying out Prime Reading? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Introducing Prime Reading – The Newest Benefit for Prime Members

October 05, 2016 06:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time

SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–(NASDAQ: AMZN) – Amazon today introduced Prime Reading, a new reading benefit for U.S. Prime members. Prime members can now enjoy unlimited reading from a rotating selection of books, magazines, comics and more – at no additional cost. Prime Reading joins the growing list of all-you-can-eat benefits for Prime members including unlimited fast, free Prime shipping, unlimited access to Prime Video, Prime Music, Prime Photos, Audible Channels, early access to Lightning Deals and more. Members can start reading now by downloading the Kindle app for iOS and Android or using any Kindle or Fire tablet. To learn more about Prime Reading or start a 30-day free trial of Prime, please visit amazon.com/primereading.

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Prime Reading features include:

  • Over a thousand popular books: Enjoy a diverse selection of titles including Red Sparrow, The Butterfly Garden, The 5 Love Languages, The Atlantis Gene, Lonely Planet travel guides and books from best-selling authors Brad Thor, Barry Eisler, Stephen Covey, James Altucher, Rachel Abbott and more.
  • Premium Magazines: Stay on top of current trends with a rotating selection of fresh, full issues of top magazines covering sports, technology, cooking and home improvement, current affairs, notable people and more.
  • Exclusive short content: Read Kindle Singles Classics – classic short-form reads by the world’s top writers, from Susan Orlean to Norman Mailer. Also read from hundreds of Kindle Singles – short stories, memoirs and essays from a variety of top writers.
  • All your favorite Kindle features: Enjoy all the great Kindle features customers love such as Page Flip, Popular Highlights, X-Ray and Goodreads integration, all while using your favorite Kindle eReader or Fire tablet or free Kindle app for iPhone, iPad, Android phone, tablet and more.

“Prime is the best deal in the history of shopping and today it got even better,” said Greg Greeley, Vice President Amazon Prime. “Prime members can now enjoy an awesome selection of books including The Hobbit, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Man in the High Castle, plus magazines and more with Prime Reading – all for free on any device.”

“This is a new and exciting way for our premium brands to reach and engage with Amazon’s Prime members,” said Monica Ray, Executive Vice President of Consumer Marketing at Condé Nast. “Prime readers can now keep up with all the latest news, trends, tips and so much more with the rotating selection of our magazine brands.”

Prime Reading is the latest in the growing set of reading benefits for Prime members which also includes the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and Kindle First. Prime members in the U.S. can get started by visitingamazon.com/primereading. Readers wanting even more can enjoy unlimited reading from over one million books, magazines, and audiobooks by starting a 30-day free trial of Kindle Unlimited.

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