Amazon First Reads: How to Score a New Free Kindle eBook Each Month
If you’re a regular Amazon buyer, you’ve probably heard of Kindle Unlimited and Prime Reading before, but have you ever heard of Amazon First Reads?
It’s one of Amazon’s lesser-known reading services, and it’s a great way to save on new eBooks, even if you’re not a Prime member. However, signing up for Amazon First Reads as a Prime member has its perks: you get a free ebook each month, as opposed to the discounted prices for non-Prime members.
If this sounds tempting to you and you haven’t tried Amazon Prime yet, you can sign up now and get a 30-day free trial to enjoy all the benefits of a subscription.
So what exactly is Amazon First Reads?
Amazon First Reads explained
Previously known as Kindle First Reads, this Amazon reading platform gives you quick access to new eBook titles published by Amazon Publishing. Each month, around ten titles selected in various genres are available one month before the general public release. You can discover these titles by subscribing to the First Reads newsletter.
Most importantly, these brand new ebooks are available at a reduced price for every First Reads subscriber, typically for just AU $ 1.99 each. If you are also a Prime member then a of these books is completely free for you.
Amazon First Reads playlists are released to subscribers on the first of every month, and you have the entire month to decide which ones you want to read.
How much does Amazon First Reads cost?
Registration to First Reads is free for everyone. You head to Amazon’s First Reads microsite and sign up for the monthly newsletter to find out when the selected books are available for purchase.
However, keep in mind that non-Prime members pay for the books they buy, although at AU $ 1.99 each it’s an incredible price for books you really want to read. A newly published ebook can cost around AU $ 7-10 apiece, saving you a good chunk of change.
As mentioned earlier, Prime members can get one of these ebooks for free every month. If you want more, you pay the usual AU $ 1.99 for others. Whether you pay for your selection or not, First Reads books are yours.
In the US, Amazon allows First Read subscribers – Prime and non-Prime – to even purchase hard copies of the monthly selection of books at a price below general availability. This option did not cross the Pacific to Australia, but we hope that will change soon.
If you are a Kindle Unlimited member, however, Amazon First Reads is a bit questionable, as all First Reads selections are added to the Kindle Unlimited library for free, but a month later when the titles are released to the general public.
How do you read Amazon First Reads ebooks?
Once you’ve made a purchase – free or not – through the Amazon First Reads page, the book is automatically added to your Kindle library. You can then read the book on any Kindle device, including smartphones or tablets running the Kindle app.
And, unlike other Amazon reading services, ebooks purchased through First Reads are yours! As a Kindle Unlimited member, however, First Reads Picks are part of the rotating catalog and will disappear from your library when you redeem them for something else.