How to Get a Free Kindle Book Every Month from Amazon
Did you know that Amazon Prime members get a FREE Kindle ebook every month? Yep, it's a program called "Amazon First Reads".
How Does the Amazon First Reads Program Work?
You can either remember to check each month (set an alarm on your phone?) or, if you sign up for the First Reads newsletter, you get an email on the 1st of every month to remind you.
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If you're logged in to your Amazon account and you have Prime, the First Reads page will look like this (showing one free Kindle book):
If you don't have Amazon Prime - or you DO but you're not logged in - it will look like this (showing one $1.99 Kindle book):
Once a month, go to the Amazon First Reads page to scroll through all your choices and pick which ebook you want for free. There's usually about 6-8 books to choose from, always with a variety of genres like Suspense, Rom Com, Thriller, Historical Fiction, and sometimes even children's books.
Are the Amazon First Reads Books Any Good?
When the program first started, there were a couple months when I had to struggle to find a book I wanted enough to download for free 😂. But it's gotten better over time and now I always find at least one and sometimes two or three books that I want.
This month (October 2019), I chose Room to Breathe by Liz Talley (Contemporary Fiction). I've already started it and it's pretty good so far.
Can You Use Amazon First Reads If You Don't Have a Kindle Device?
You know what? YOU CAN. All you need to do is download the Kindle App on whatever device you do have - computer, laptop, tablet, or phone. It's free. With the Kindle App, you can read Kindle books - even without a Kindle. Pretty cool. So don't let the fact that you don't have something like a Kindle Paperwhite (my drug of choice) or other Kindle reader keep you from trying First Reads.
Can You Use Amazon First Reads If You Don't Have Amazon Prime?
Even if you're not a Prime member, the Kindle books are only $1.99 and the print versions are $9.99 or less. If you're a bookaholic, you know that those are great prices these days. But can I talk you in to joining Amazon Prime perhaps?
I've been a Prime member since 2012 and I've always just paid the annual fee. It's gone up a few times since then but it's still well worth it. If I add up all the 2-day shipping I'd be paying plus a free Kindle book per month, that alone more than covers it. Then there's Prime Video and other benefits. The annual fee can be a lot at once but they now have a monthly payment option too.
Are There Any Downsides to the Amazon First Reads Program?
There's nothing to hate about free and discounted books, right??! But when I looked at the fine print, I did notice that First Reads is available to US customers only. Womp womp! So sorry if you're reading from another country and can't access :(
Here's that fine print, if you're interested:
- Every month customers can choose one of the Kindle books selected by our editors for $1.99, or FREE for Prime members. In participating months, they can also purchase select print editions (up to 10 copies of each title) for $9.99 or less.
- Amazon First Reads Kindle books can be read on any compatible Kindle device or free Kindle reading app and become part of customers’ permanent libraries.
- Joining is free with no purchase obligation. By joining, you receive a monthly e-mail announcing new Amazon First Reads picks. You can unsubscribe from the monthly e-mail at any time by visiting Amazon Delivers E-mail Subscriptions in Your Account.
- Amazon First Reads on Amazon.com is available to US customers only.
- Kindle Unlimited subscribers can borrow Amazon First Reads books for FREE when they are released. Learn more about Kindle Unlimited.
Did you know about First Reads or is this the first you're hearing of it? I'd love to know what you think of the Amazon First Reads program and what book you chose!
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