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By Cliff Weitzman Dyslexia & Accessibility Advocate, CEO/Founder of Speechify in Bibliophiles on April 05, 2023
Discover a world of books with Prime Reading. Our guide explains this Amazon benefit and how to access it.

    What is Prime Reading?

    Do you love reading but don’t want to break the bank by buying new books or subscribing to expensive digital libraries? Or perhaps you’re already a member of Amazon’s Prime program and are curious about the lesser-known benefits it offers. Either way, you might be interested in learning about Prime Reading. In this article, we’ll dive into the world of Prime Reading to explore what it is, how it works, and why it’s a valuable resource for bookworms.

    Everything you need to know about Prime reading

    An Amazon Prime membership offers a plethora of perks and Prime benefits, from free two-day shipping to access to Amazon Prime Video, Prime Music, and more. One of the lesser-known benefits of Amazon Prime is Prime Reading, a subscription service that offers a digital library of eBooks, magazines, and comics. Let’s explore everything you need to know about the Prime Reading library, including how to access it, how it works, which devices it’s compatible with, and how much it costs.

    Is Prime Reading free for Amazon Prime members?

    You may be wondering if the Prime Reading program costs another fee in addition to your Amazon Prime subscription, and thankfully, the answer is no. Prime Reading is a service offered by Amazon as part of its Prime membership program and allows Prime members to borrow a selection of eBooks, magazines, and comics from Amazon’s digital library at no extra cost.

    With Prime Reading, members can access a rotating selection of over a thousand books and magazines, including best-sellers, new releases, and titles across a range of genres. Prime Reading titles can be read on a Kindle device, Fire tablet, or using the Kindle app on a smartphone or tablet.

    How to access Prime Reading

    To access Prime Reading, you must have an Amazon account and be a member of Amazon’s Prime membership program. Once you’re a Prime member, you can access Prime Reading in a few simple steps:

    1. Go to the Prime Reading page on Amazon’s website.

    2. Browse the selection of eBooks, magazines, and comics available in the Prime Reading library.

    3. Select the title you want to borrow and click on the “Read for Free” or “Borrow for Free” button.

    4. The borrowed title will be added to your account’s “Prime Reading” library, which you can access on any device with the Kindle app installed.

    5. To read the borrowed title, simply open the Kindle app and navigate to your “Prime Reading” library.

    How Amazon Prime Reading works

    Only 10 Amazon Prime Reading titles can be borrowed at a time. There are no set due dates by which you have to return these titles, but if you already have ten books borrowed, you’ll need to return a book you currently have borrowed before you can check out another. Additionally, the selection of titles and a number of books in the Prime Reading library rotates regularly, so be sure to check back often to see what new titles have been added. Additionally, Editor’s picks are highlighted in the library, making it easier for members to find top-rated titles.

    Devices that work with Amazon Prime Reading

    Prime Reading is available on a variety of devices, including:

    1. Amazon Kindle e-readers

    2. Amazon Fire tablets

    3. Amazon Fire phones

    4. Free Kindle reading apps for iOS and Android devices

    5. Web browsers on desktop or laptop computers

    To access Prime Reading, you’ll need an active Amazon Prime membership and a compatible device. You can also download titles to read offline on most devices, except for web browsers.

    The best Prime reading books

    Prime Reading offers a rotating selection of free books, magazines, comics, and other content for Amazon Prime members to access. The selection varies and changes regularly but typically includes thousands of Prime Reading titles in a variety of genres and categories, such as fiction and non-fiction books, best-sellers, children’s books, magazines, and graphic novels. Some of the most popular titles on the platform include:

    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

    • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

    • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

    • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

    However, it’s important to note that the selection of titles can change over time, so it’s worth checking back regularly to see what’s new.

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    What are the benefits of Prime Reading?

    Prime Reading provides multiple device compatibility and unlimited reading at no additional cost. You can borrow up to 10 titles at a time and keep them for as long as you want.

    What is the difference between Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited?

    While both Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited offer access to a large selection of digital books and other content, Kindle Unlimited offers a much larger selection of titles and requires a separate subscription fee, while Prime Reading is included as a free benefit with Amazon Prime membership and has a smaller rotating selection of titles.

    Can you use Prime Reading on the Kindle app?

    Yes, you can use Prime Reading on the Kindle app for iOS (iPhone or iPad) and Android devices. The Kindle app allows you to access your Kindle library and other content, including Prime Reading titles, on your mobile device.

    Does Prime Reading have all books?

    No, Prime Reading does not have all books. Prime Reading offers a rotating selection of books, magazines, and other content for free to Amazon Prime members, but the selection is limited and changes regularly. While the selection includes thousands of titles in a variety of genres and categories, it does not include every book that is available on Amazon.

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