Prime Reading Comes To Amazon Prime Members: What The Heck Is This?TECH
Prime Reading Comes To Amazon Prime Members: What The Heck Is This?
If you’re one of the estimated 54 million members of Amazon Prime, you received a push notification on your phone or Kindle yesterday alerting you to a new feature: Prime Reading. If you’re like us here at The High-Tech Society, you were both intrigued and puzzled. After all, didn’t Prime already offer free books from a lending library?
It turns out they did, and if you’re like most of us, you took a look at the selection and realized that a lot of the books they offered were selections off of the beaten path. The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library let you “borrow” one book at a time from a selection of 100 New York Times bestsellers and about 30,000 other titles. So, what’s changed now?
What’s New With Prime Reading?
Prime Reading isn’t a rebranding. It’s an added perk for Amazon Prime members that pulls from the pool of what’s available for subscribers to the Kindle Unlimited service. Now you get completely unlimited access to thousands of books, comics, and magazines.
That’s right. We said magazines and comics. If you’re a Prime member, you can ditch that subscription to People (unless you like the free travel tote) and still keep up on the latest in celebrity and entertainment news. Other magazines available include Sports Illustrated, HGTV, National Geographic Traveler, Bon Appétit, Consumer Reports, and 30 others. If you’re a magazine reader, this will pay for the $99 price tag alone.
That’s not all you get with Prime Reading. From New York Times best sellers to popular graphic novels, there’s a lot to love with this new benefit. Some of the best graphic novels choices include Darth Vader and Son, Vader’s Little Princess, and The Essential Calvin and Hobbes.
Is There Really Much to Get Excited About?
Admittedly, the Prime Reading selection is a little anemic at the moment, but it serves as a great starting point to explore what is available with the Kindle Unlimited service. Alternately, if you like what’s is offered from Prime Reading, you could cut the strings and stop paying for the Unlimited service.
Keep in mind that you still get access to the larger pool of books available from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. That’s still one book you can borrow at a time from the increasingly large selection of books available.
With Amazon adding this feature to their recently released Twitch Prime gaming bonus (The only way to get the new Hearthstone Hero, Tyrande Whisperwind), there is an increasing amount to love with your Prime membership. At about 11 bucks per month (less if you’re a student), Prime is becoming increasingly difficult to say no to.
Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to explore what’s available with this new service.