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

Jun 30, 2022

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What is Prime Reading?

Prime Reading is a completely free library for Amazon Prime members. Its digital shelves are stocked with more than 2,500 e-books, magazines, comic books, and audiobooks. The Groupon Coupons team breaks down 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, Little Women, and children's classics like The Berenstain Bears series. The collection also includes comic 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 HGTV Magazine, National Geographic, and Food Network the Magazine, all for free on your phone or tablet.

Prime Reading vs Kindle Unlimited

The most obvious difference is the price: Prime Reading is free for Amazon Prime members, and Kindle Unlimited is $9.99 a month, even for Prime members.

But in some ways, you get what you pay for. Prime Reading has more than 2,500 titles and lets users “borrow” up to 10 at a time. For the extra $10 per month, the Kindle Unlimited subscription expands the borrowing options to more than 2 million titles. Because of the smaller selection, Prime Reading has far fewer of the newest titles and more 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. Find a title you’re interested in and click on the Read and Listen for Free button to get started.

Free Audiobooks on Prime Reading

Audiobooks 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. Plus, Prime Reading uses Whispersync technology so readers can switch back and forth between reading and listening without losing their place.