There are a lot of benefits that come with an Amazon Prime member. Most people are familiar with the Two Day Shipping and Prime Video Streaming, but there is more. Did you know that you also have access to a catalog of free e-books?
What is prime reading?
Amazon’s free eBook program is called Prime Reading. You can think of it as a private library for Prime members. The catalog includes over 1000 rotating books and magazines, and even a few free audiobooks.
Just like a real library, you technically borrow the books. You are also limited to 10 titles at a time. When you’re done with a book, if you try to add a new one when your library is full, you’ll be prompted to return one first.
Another benefit of Prime Reading is a program called Amazon First Reads. This gives Prime members a preview of certain authors’ books before they are released to the public. You get one every month.
Where to find free Amazon Prime eBooks
You can explore the Prime Reading catalog on the Amazon website in a web browser. Make sure you’re signed in to your Amazon Prime account.
The other place you can explore Prime Reading is the Amazon Kindle app. It is available for iPhones, iPads, Android devices, Windows PCs, and Macs. It is also preinstalled on Fire tablets.
In the Kindle app, you will see the “prime reading” section on the home page. Press “View all” to explore the full catalog.
As we covered above, there are a number of ways that you can browse the “Prime Reading” catalog. Wherever you are looking, simply select a title to see its product page.
- On the product page, you will see the Kindle eBook listed as free for Prime members. Click or tap “Read for free” or “Read and listen for free”. The latter means that there is also an audio book.
- The eBook will then be added to your Amazon account, and you can download it to read on your Kindle or in the Amazon Kindle app.
- If a free eBook includes an audiobook, it will automatically be added to your Audible account. You can download the Audible app for iPhone, iPad or Android, but it is preinstalled on Fire tablets. You can also control your audiobooks with voice commands on Echo devices.
Prime Reading might not have the biggest library or the most features, but that’s a nice little perk. If you want even more eBook options, you can subscribe to Kindle Unlimited for $ 9.99 per month.