Amazon Prime: Everything You Need To Know!

Most Amazon Prime members are well acquainted with the bevy of streaming options included with their membership, but many may not know about one super cool book benefit: Amazon Prime Reading. This feature gives bookworms access to about 1,000 books and magazines that can be read on any Kindle, computer, or smartphone. Amazon describes its Prime Reading collection as a “private library that lets Prime members read free.” Available titles include everything from genre fiction to nonfiction to guilty-pleasure beach reads and literary classics.

Let’s take a closer look at what Prime Reading brings to the table.

How Does Prime Reading Work?

If you’re an Amazon Prime member in the US, you have access to the entire Prime Reading catalog and can download (or “borrow”) up to ten titles to your device at one time. You can also read these titles across multiple devices associated with the same Amazon account. If you’ve maxed out all ten but want to read something new, you just have to remove one of the titles from your device–just like returning a book to the library. Select titles are available in both Kindle and audio formats.

Not an Amazon prime member, not to worry. There’s always the collection of 50,000+ free books on Kindle that you can download and never have to worry hitting your limit.

What Titles Come Free with Prime Reading?

>Prime Reading has approximately 1,000 titles at any given time, and different offerings are rotated in and out each month. Titles available on Prime Reading at the time of this writing include The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, and My Spiritual Journey by the Dalai Lama.

Want to know what is currently on offer in Prime Reading? You can browse the books and magazines here on Amazon: Prime Reading Eligible.

How to borrow books and magazines

Here’s how to borrow books from Prime Reading:

  1. Go to the Prime Reading Storefront or the Full list of Prime Reading titles.
  2. Find a title that you want to borrow, then click on it to go to that books detail page.
  3. Select the option to borrow the title for free with Prime Reading, and then choose one of your supported devices.

You can also borrow the title directly from the Kindle Store on any Kindle e-reader, Fire tablet, or the Kindle reading app on your phone.

If a title is removed from Prime Reading before you’ve finished it, you can take as long as you want to read it provided that it is downloaded to your device. Unlike e-books purchased on Amazon, Prime Reading titles cannot be loaned to friends or family with other Amazon accounts.

What Do Amazon Users Think About Prime Reading?

Since its launch in October 2016, Prime Reading has received generally favorable reviews from Amazon customers and the book-reading community. Although options are limited in comparison to the approximately 2 million e-books Amazon has available for purchase, the selection is large and varied enough that most readers should be able to find a few titles that pique their interest. Some users have reported that the Kindle app doesn’t work well for magazines (too much pinching and zooming), but the bulk of the available titles aren’t affected by that issue. Overall, if you love to read, Amazon’s Prime Reading is like a tiny library where you don’t have to be quiet (and no “overdue” books means no library fees to pay).

What’s the downside? No. Currently, Prime Reading can be only used by US customers. Also, if you’re not a prime member, you’re going to have to fork over $120 per year for this perk?

Prime Reading VS Kindle Owners Lending Library (KOLL)

Prime Reading and Kindle Owner’s Lending Library are both included in Amazon Prime membership. They both allow for free reading, but they are different programs in two major ways:

1) With KOLL you must have a Kindle Fire or Kindle eReader to borrow a book. To borrow a Prime Reading title, you don’t need an Amazon device, you can use a Kindle app on your phone or the Kindle Cloud Reader.

2) KOLL lets you access a catalog of 1.4 million titles but you can only borrow one book per month. Prime Reading lets you access 1,000 titles, and it lets you borrow as many of those as you want, with a limit of 10 on your device at any one time.

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