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Prime members will get one selection free each month

Amazon has announced a new program called Kindle First that gives customers the chance to access digital Kindle books a month in advance of their official release date.

Along with offering early access to the books, Amazon will also be giving some notes and recommendations along with a behind the scenes look at the stories and the author. Amazon customers will be able to choose one of the featured books each month for $1.99. Amazon users who subscribe to Prime will be able to select the book at no cost.

Amazon will be sending out monthly e-mails alerting users of the Kindle First selections for the month. Books can be selected from the Kindle store on the website or via the Kindle device itself.

Kindle First

“Prime just keeps getting better for our members, and any customer will find something interesting in our Kindle First picks,” said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content. “We also love that these amazing books by Amazon Publishing authors will get a chance to reach a much wider audience.”

Kindle First comes right on the heels of the recently announced Kindle Matchbook program. Matchbook allows Amazon shoppers to get digital versions of print books they've purchased all the way back to 1995 at little or no cost.

Sources: Amazon [1], [2]

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RE: They know
By purerice on 11/1/2013 9:07:23 PM , Rating: 2
2 family members shared a Prime account and one ordered an item on Prime just before the other could cancel the free subscription so they kept it. They were not sure if Prime was worth it but with the movies they were happier and now with ebooks they will likely end up continuing on with Prime next year too. I personally am on a tighter budget, but if I had to choose between Netflix (movies only) and Prime (discounted shipping, movies, ebooks), I would probably lean toward Prime.

RE: They know
By Netscorer on 11/2/2013 9:37:24 AM , Rating: 3
In deference of Netflix, the Prime video service is not even in the same league as Netflix. I have both Netflix and Prime and the reason I never cancelled my Netflix subscription is because Prime video selection is very limited. Amazon likes to play the game of offering one or two seasons of TV shows for free and then have rest of them at rent or buy only model. It's almost impossible to find anything on Prime as recommendation system sucks big time and Amazon is unwilling to improve it. There are no queues where I can stash away content I want to watch later. Then, on top of it you have subtitles in Netflix for almost all of the content, you have superHD streaming, you have 3D content, you have 100% device coverage, where Amazon streaming is not even available on Android.

RE: They know
By Reflex on 11/2/2013 6:10:33 PM , Rating: 2
While I agree that Netflix has a better overall package and that Prime is behind them considerably in both content and features, I will point out that Prime does have a Watch List feature and I stash movies there for later all the time.

RE: They know
By torpor on 11/15/2013 12:06:39 PM , Rating: 2
Amazon video streaming is available on Android... but only via Kindle Fire. It's not in the generic marketplace; that much is true.

But then, if you're a Prime member, the new Kindle Fire makes a lot of sense.

Of course, much like iTunes, that's basically the point.

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