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Latest Amazon Prime Perk: Members Can Read The Washington Post for Free

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The Washington Post announced today that Amazon Prime members will get free, unlimited access to the newspaper’s National Digital Edition for six months, a $60 deal.

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After the half year is up, folks can still ride the Prime wave with a discounted subscription rate: Usually, the Post’s digital service is $9.99 per month, but Prime users get it for $3.99. The Post was bought by Amazon owner Jeff Bezos back in 2013.

It’s a smart business move, since print media revenue continues to plummet, and people using Amazon Prime, which costs $99 a year, are clearly living that digital life. But it’s far from the only freebie Amazon has given to its Prime clientele. (Well, you pay for them as part of your monthly Prime fee—but they’re so cheap, they may as well be free.)

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We’ve talked about how Prime is still one of the best deals in tech: Users also get access to Prime Instant Video (which has exclusive rights to Orphan Black, Downton Abbey, etc.), a free book per month with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, plus streaming tunes on Prime Music. Plus unlimited photo storage. Plus early access to Lightning Deals. Now people can read WashPo for free while they’re waiting on their (also free) two-day delivery.

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Meh. Stopped taking the WaPo 10 years ago. (Teenage Kids did notice for 3 years.) Stopped reading the online WaPo when they started the paywall. Nothing there I can’t get at, say, BBC News (where there is often more objective reporting about national and international events), SBNation for my local sports, etc. I sure as heck ain’t paying for their links to blog articles somewhere else (such as io9, mental floss, etc. lol) Even if I did want it, I despise the new “cool” look. Looks like a d*mn blog, ffs. I want news in a easy-to-find format. That ain’t it. Having said all that, really, it’s the same old stuff really, cycling and re-cycling with a regularity nearly like the width of ties.