This isn’t directly genealogy related although I do know that genealogists often are avid readers. I plan to use this new service a lot and thought I would share the information here.
Amazon Prime members in the United States now have free access to selected books, magazines and more. The selection within Amazon Prime Reading includes more than 1,000 popular books, access to premium magazines, exclusive short content and all of customers’ favorite Kindle features. The list of available e-publications includes The Hobbit, as well as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but the magazine selection actually sounds potentially more appealing with titles including National Geographic Traveler, People, Sports Illustrated, Popular Mechanics and more. I didn’t see any genealogy publications on the list, however.
While these publications are available in a Kindle format, a Kindle device is not needed. Like all Kindle-formatted publications, the books, magazines, and more can be read on an Apple iPad or iPhone, Macintosh, Windows, Android, or other devices by downloading and installing a free Kindle app. If your device is not on the list of available devices, simply open a web browser and read the publication in the Kindle Cloud Reader.
For more information, see my earlier article, How to Read Kindle eBooks on non-Kindle Devices.
If you are an Amazon Prime customer, this is simply one more free service for you. If you are thinking about signing up for Amazon Prime, this might be the thing that nudges you into doing so.
I read the online version of Motor Trend magazine this morning on my iPad and the process seemed to work well. I may become less productive now that I have all these things to read!
See https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/fd/prime-pr for details about Amazon Prime Reading.
NOTE: For $9.99 a month, Amazon also offers a higher-level service, called Kindle Unlimited, which includes more than one million books, magazines and audio books. Kindle Unlimited also includes audio books. Details about Kindle Unlimited may be found at https://www.amazon.com/gp/feature.html?docId=1002872331.