What is Amazon Prime Reading and how does it work?
(Pocket-lint) - Amazon's Prime membership includes several little-known benefits including something called Prime Reading. Here's what you need to know about Prime Reading, including how you can access it, what it offers, and all the fine-print details.
What is Amazon Prime Reading?
Amazon Prime Reading allows Prime members to access and read more than a thousand books or magazines at no extra cost. Amazon says you can think of it as a "private library that lets Prime members read free". You can download and read up to 10 titles at a time, and dozens of Prime Reading books are available with Audible narration, too, so you can listen while you are commuting, cleaning, running, or whatever.
How does Amazon Prime Reading work?
Before you can take advantage of Prime Reading, make sure you are logged in to your Amazon account and your Prime membership is current.
How to access Prime Reading
You can use a Kindle or Fire tablet to access the benefit or you can download the Kindle app for use on your iOS or Android device. Either way, you can find and download up to 10 titles at a time. If you want more titles, you will be prompted to return one title to download a new choice.
How to find a book, comic, or magazine to read
- Go to www.amazon.com/primereading
- Start browsing the titles currently available in Prime Reading.
- When you find something, click "Read for Free".
- The item will be available for download.
- Or, click "Read and Listen for Free" for the titles that work with Audible.
What kind of reading choices are available?
Amazon says it frequently updates the selection to include "recent and popular fiction and nonfiction titles, literary classics, children's books, comic books, magazines, and Kindle Singles". Currently, we see Harry Potter titles, National Geographic, Bon Appetit, and more.
How much does Amazon Prime Reading cost?
Prime Reading is a free benefit included with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs £7.99 a month (or £79 a year) in the UK or $12.99 a month (or $119 a year) in the US. Check out Pocket-lint's in-depth guide on Amazon Prime to learn more about the other benefits on offer.
What about First Reads and Kindle Unlimited?
Amazon First Reads is another Prime benefit that gives members a sneak peek at books before they are released. Prime members can download one free book each month from a selection of six editors' picks. New titles are announced at the start of each month. If you need even more to read, there's Amazon Kindle Unlimited. It costs $9.99 a month and provides access to more than 1 million books, magazines, and audiobooks.
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4 more ways to read free with Prime Reading
Prime Reading offers subscribers free access to a rotating cast of downloadable books, from classics such as The Handmaid’s Tale and 1984 to Lonely Planet travel guides, mysteries and thrillers and a variety of self-help titles.
But Prime Reading benefits extend beyond traditional novels and nonfiction books. Here’s a look at four other types of reading material available as part of your Prime Membership. Subscribers, start your reading.
Books with Audible narration: Now hear this
Sinking into a comfortable chair with a good book is wonderful but not always practical. Download a Kindle book and its accompanying Audible narration, and you can effortlessly switch between the two to keep up with the story while commuting, working out or running errands. Travel to China during the Cultural Revolution with The Scavenger’s Daughter, or fall into the grim world of Livia Lone, a Seattle sex-crimes detective who knows her beat only too well.
Kindle Singles: Read with speed
Kindle Singles include novella-length works of fiction and long-form journalism and essays, perfect for when you want the satisfaction of finishing an entire story but don’t have the time for War and Peace. The Plane That Wasn’t There proposes a radical new hypothesis for the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which vanished without a trace in 2014. For true-crime buffs, The Killing Season tells the stranger-than-fiction story of a Colorado double murder that went unsolved for 35 years, and of the investigators who never gave up.
Magazines: Follow your passions
Not only can you page through a downloaded magazine in much the same way as with a paper version, but you also can instantly perform searches (where was that saltimbocca recipe again?) and look up terms (what does saltimbocca mean again?). Decorating divas might grab Better Homes and Gardens, fashionistas can fall for In Style, and People offers all the celebrity confessionals without the guilt of stealing a copy from the dentist’s office. You can browse dozens of available titles on the Prime Reading magazine page.
Here are some frequently asked questions to help understand what Prime Reading is all about.
What exactly is Prime Reading? Think of it as a private library that lets Prime members read free. Prime Reading includes a selection of more than 2,500 books and magazines, and is one of the Prime benefits you can share in your household.
How do I get started? Make sure you are logged in to your Amazon account and your Prime membership is current. Then go to www.amazon.com/primereading to start browsing the titles currently available in Prime Reading. When you find a book, comic or magazine that looks tempting, simply click "Read for Free," and the item will be available for download. Or click "Read and Listen for Free" for the titles that have Audible companions.
What kind of choices are available? Options abound. The frequently updated selection includes recent and popular fiction and nonfiction titles, literary classics, children's books, comic books, magazines and Kindle Singles.
What if I download a book and change my mind — or if I finish a book and want to select a new one? No problem. You can continue choosing new books and magazines until you have downloaded 10 titles. If you want more titles, you will be prompted to return one title to download a new choice.
What about when I need hands-free reading? Dozens of Prime Reading books are available with Audible narration — so you can listen while you are busy cooking, gardening or commuting. With Whispersync technology, you can pick up right where you left off, switching seamlessly between reading and listening.
What is First Reads? This is another Prime benefit that gives members a sneak peek at certain books before they are released to the general public. First Reads allows Prime members to download one free book each month from a selection of six editors' picks. New titles are announced at the start of each month and publicized in the weekly Prime newsletter.
What is Kindle Unlimited? If Prime Reading whets your appetite, sign up for a free 30-day trial of Kindle Unlimited, Amazon's premium reading program. For $9.99 a month, your reading choices will expand to more than 1 million titles, including thousands of audiobooks and current magazines.
If your bedside table is heaped with a teetering pile of books, and your Kindle is stuffed with everything from romance to reference, Prime can help make room for more reading in your life. Prime Reading and Amazon First Reads are benefits perfect for bibiophiles — and they're included with Prime. For the extra-avid bookworm, Kindle Unlimited is a service that gives subscribers access to more than a million titles. Read on to learn about all the ways you can try new genres, discover new authors and dive into new adventures.
1. Prime Reading: Read books, magazines and more for free
What it is: From mysteries to memoirs, you'll never have that nothing-to-read itch once you make friends with Prime Reading. As a Prime member, you can choose up to 10 titles at a time from more than 1,000 carefully curated books, magazines, comics and Kindle Singles. Sneak in a romantic chapter over lunch, or select the Audible narration option and transport yourself to ancient China while stuck in traffic.
How to use it: Make sure you are logged in to your Amazon account and your Prime membership is current. Then go to Prime Reading to start browsing currently available titles. When you find a book, comic or magazine you like, click "Read for Free," and the item will be available to read on any of your devices via the Kindle app. For books that have Audible narration, click "Read and Listen for Free."
Sample titles: Try a few recipes from the hugely popular vegan cookbook Thug Kitchen, escape into the World War II historical novel It Is Well, or follow a boy's terrifying search for his mother in The Buried Book.
2. Amazon First Reads: Get a jump on the latest books
What it is: Why wait to get your hands on the latest books? With Amazon First Reads (formerly Kindle First), Prime members get early access to one FREE Kindle book each month. And now Amazon First Reads also offers you hardcover copies of our editors' picks for $9.99 or less.
How to use it: Simply click on Amazon First Reads to see the latest lineup and choose your free Kindle book to read on any device. You can also shop all six of the selected choices in hardcover for $9.99 or less. Check back each month for a new selection of titles.
Sample titles: In December, help a left-behind toy come home in the children's book Don't Forget Dexter!, join the thrilling hunt for a killer in Pretty Girls Dancing, or learn the true story behind an escape from North Korea in A River in Darkness.
3. Want more? Join Kindle Unlimited
What it is: The sky's the limit with Kindle Unlimited, which lets readers choose from more than 1 million books, thousands of audiobooks and current magazines on any device for just $9.99/month. From thrillers to true crime, cookbooks to classics, you can freely explore new authors, books and genres. Need a hands-free distraction? Seek out books with the headphone icon. These selected titles include the Audible book with Whispersync for Voice, so you can jump back and forth between reading and listening.
How to use it: Visit the Kindle Unlimited signup page for a 30-day free trial and start browsing. If you like it, you can continue for $9.99 a month, and you can cancel anytime.
Sample titles: Join a journey into African-American history in A Tangled Mercy, be touched by a tale of friendship in Sweet Tea Tuesdays, or get inspired by the daring of a World War II spy in Beneath a Scarlet Sky.
All titles available at least through December 31, 2017. New titles are frequently rotated in, so check back often.
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