What is Prime Reading? (Can you really read books for free?)

Prime Reading is part of your Amazon Prime membership. Here's everything you need to know about it to see how you can read for free.

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If you’re looking for new books to read, you’ll want to turn your attention to Prime Reading. This is part of your Amazon Prime membership and allows you to read books for free.

Wait, for free? There has to be a catch, right?

Well, there are some limitations. Prime Reading doesn’t allow you to get every single book out there for free, but it’s a great way to expand your interests and find books that you may want to buy.

What is Prime Reading?

Prime Reading is a lot like an online library. You get to “check out” books, but there is a maximum allowance. When you have the maximum number of books, you’ll need to return one to add another one. The maximum number of books you can take out at a time is 10.

Like a library, you don’t get to keep the titles. They are available for a limited amount of time, and you need to “return” them afterward.

Everything is done through the Kindle. You don’t need an actual Kindle to download the eBooks, though. You can use the Kindle App to get access to the titles.

What’s the difference between Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited?

Wait, doesn’t Kindle Unlimited give you access to books for free? Well, yes, but it’s not the same as Prime Reading.

For one, Kindle Unlimited isn’t included in your Amazon Prime membership. You need to pay an extra $9.99 a month to get access to the books in this. Prime Reading is free with your Amazon Prime subscription.

Because it is free, Prime Reading has fewer titles available to “borrow.” You won’t be able to read absolutely everything that you would usually buy. It’s only the titles available through Kindle Unlimited, and only the selected titles put into the online library to borrow.

There are limits to both Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited when it comes to the books that you can get for free. Only a limited number of publishers will allow their books to be included in either of these parts of Amazon. The aim is to get you to buy them!

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Get Prime Reading for free with your Amazon Prime membership.