There are plenty of Amazon Prime benefits almost everyone knows about like streaming movies, faster deliveries, the Kindle lending library. Then there are some that aren’t quite as well known. You should make sure you’re getting the most from your $99 annual subscription with this round-up of some of the more obscure Amazon Prime benefits. Here are a bunch to check out.
Prime members can get access to a host of e-reader perks—like the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library—but one that might have flown under your radar is Kindle First. The service is free with a Prime subscription and lets you rent one free ebook a month, available before anyone else gets it, from a selection picked by Amazon. It’s great for anyone who’s constantly searching for new reading material and wants early access to popular books.
You might know that you can get unlimited photo storage in the cloud if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, but there’s also the option of inexpensive photo prints, cards, calendars, books and more delivered straight to your door via the photo storage service and Amazon Prints.
If you’ve signed up for Amazon Prime then you can also sign up for an Amazon Prime Store Card. Included in the benefits of the card is up to 5 percent back on anything you buy every single day—although you can’t get the card’s interest-free option at the same time.
Faster delivery is one of the flagship features of an Amazon Prime account but if you’re not in a particular rush for your items, then you can opt for a digital credit on your account to spend on music, ebooks or something else—just choose the credit option at the checkout.
As an Amazon Prime member you can pick up discounts all across the site, including advanced access to Lightning Deals, but don’t forget about the discounts you get on game pre-orders too. Through Twitch Prime there are big savings on games and accessories.
The audiobook service Audible is owned by Amazon, and Prime members can get free access to Audible Channels—a curated, rotating selection of podcasts covering news shows, comedy, talks and more. Apps are available for iOS, Android and Windows 10.
This one may not be specifically advertised anywhere, but it’s there nevertheless. You’ll get early access to new hardware made by Amazon and its partners. For a while the Amazon Echo could only be ordered by Prime members, and more recently, it was the same for the OnePlus 3T in some regions.
There’s an Amazon shopping app for tvOS, which you can download and install—as long as you’re a Prime member. The app itself is rather basic, but it does let you browse for goods and complete purchases, once you’ve linked the app with your account via a web browser.
We’ve already mentioned there are plenty of Prime benefits aimed specifically at readers, and another of those is the recently launched Prime Reading: it works a bit like Netflix for digital literature, with a wide selection of ebooks, comic books, and magazines available.
This is something we’ve mentioned before, but it still doesn’t get widely advertised. As Jeff Bezos now owns The Washington Post, you can get six months of access to the digital edition free of charge as a Prime member, as long as you go to the trouble of activating it.
Finally, note that you can share some of your Prime benefits with other people at the same address as you, courtesy of Amazon Household. You can add one adult and two kids, who get access to a limited number of perks, including Prime Video and faster shipping times.