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Prime Reading: What It Is, How It Works, And Why It’s Great

Sep 8, 2020

What is Prime Reading?

Prime Reading is a totally free library for Amazon Prime members. Its digital shelves are stocked with more than 1,000 titles of e-books, magazines, comic books, and audio books. Read on for a breakdown of this bonus Prime benefit and why you should be using it more often.

Amazon Prime Free Books List

Interested in the best books on Prime Reading? The Amazon Prime free books list has tons of well-known titles, including the Harry Potter series, The Handmaid’s Tale, and Michael Crichton's A Case of Need. There are also children’s books and travel guides to popular destinations like Japan or Italy.

Prime Reading Magazine List

Besides books, you can also browse the latest editions of Cooking Light, Rolling Stone, Travel & Leisure, and Real Simple.

Prime Reading vs Kindle Unlimited

The most obvious difference is the price: Prime Reading is free for Amazon Prime members whereas Kindle Unlimited is $9.99 a month, even for Prime members. But in some ways, you get what you pay for. The Prime Reading has more than 1,000 titles and lets users “borrow” up to 10 at a time. For that extra $10, the Kindle Unlimited subscription expands the borrowing options to more than 1 million titles. Because of the smaller selection, Prime Reading focuses less on the newest titles and more on classics and perennial best-sellers.

How Does Prime Reading Work?

It’s pretty simple: all you need to do is download the Kindle app on an Android or iOS device. You can use a Kindle e-reader or Fire tablet, but it’s not required. Once the app is synced up to your Amazon Prime account, browse the Prime free books list by clicking on the Discover icon at the bottom of the page. Once you find a title you’re interested in, click on the Read and Listen for Free button to get started.

Free Audio Books on Prime Reading

Audio books are seamlessly integrated into the Prime Reading experience. That means you can listen to many of the Prime Reading books hands-free while driving or cooking or gardening. Plus, Prime Reading uses Whispersync technology that lets readers switch back and forth between reading and listening without ever losing their place.