Amazon Kindle: My Favorite Money-Saving Tips

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Got a new Kindle for Christmas? Great! The Kindle e-reader and Amazon’s wide selection of e-books are a book reader’s best friend. But how to save money and still be able to take full advantage of all that reading material? Read on, my friend, to learn more on how to “get more for less” with your Kindle.

Kindle Free Book Collections: Something free does exist! You can download and read for free thousands of  classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books including such popular classics as The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice, and Treasure Island.

Another method to finding free books is to search within the Kindle Store. Type in “free kindle books” and you might find other free books too.

Kindle Daily Deal: Each day Amazon offers one book at a steeply discounted price, giving you another opportunity to snatch up a great deal.  Today’s Kindle Daily Deal is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, for $1.49. Yesterday’s price was $8.99, and will probably be that price again tomorrow. If you miss today’s deal, check back tomorrow. And the next day. And the next! Each day brings a new book deal. How cool is that!

100 Kindle Books for $3.99 or Less: Every month Amazon unveils a new list of Kindle books all discounted to $3.99 or less. These deals start on the first of the month, and expire the last day of the month. December deals include Faces of the Gone: A Mystery by Brad Parks for $2.99 (originally $25.99), Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning for $1.99 (originally $7.99), and 48 Days to The Work You Love by Dan Miller for $2.99 (originally $9.99). These book prices will end on December 31st and a new group of 100 book will be released on January 1st.

Sample that book! Not sure you want to purchase that “Best Sellers” book? Why not try the first chapter for free. Most Kindle books allow you to download the first chapter so you can give the book a “test run” before buying. Click on “Try A Sample” in the book detail page, read your chapter, then decide if you want to purchase it.

Lending/Borrowing Kindle Books: Remember how you used to share books with your best friend? Now you can share books again with your Kindle. E-books eligible for lending will have the message, “Lending: Enabled” on the product detail page. To see if you can loan books from your personal Kindle collection, go to “Manage Your Kindle” and look for “Loan this book” in the detail. Whether or not a book is available for lending is determined by the publisher or rights holder, and not all books will be eligible.

Public Library Books for KindleYou can borrow books from more than 11,000 libraries across the United States. These books can be read on any generation Kindle as well as with a Kindle App and through a browser with the Kindle Cloud Reader. Check with your local library to see if they support Kindle book lending; you will need a library card to borrow from the library, though.

Got a Kindle Fire? If so, you now have access to not just books but also movies, apps, games, music, and more! With a Kindle Fire you can take advantage of all the above cost-savings on books as well as these additional money saving features for Apps and music downloads:

Amazon Appstore for Android: Looking to expand your Fire beyond books? Check the Appstore daily for the free App of the Day. Recently offered freebies have included Monopoly ($4.99), Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer ($3.99), A Charlie Brown Christmas ($6.99) and Wordoku ($1.00).

100 Albums for $5: Need new music on your Fire? Each month Amazon’s editors chose 100 MP3 albums you can download for only $5. December $5 deals range from The Sound of Music to Willie Nelson’s Greatest Hits to 7even Year Itch by Collective Soul.

Fuel Your Kindle FireThrough January 2012, Amazon is offering 1000’s of MP3 albums for $5 each. Just remember: this is a limited time deal, and is different than the 100 Albums for $5.

Artists on The Rise: Looking for new music artists? Then follow Artists on The Rise. Each month Amazon features its favorite new artists with free downloadable tracks. Give a new artist a spin and be on the ground floor of new music. Like what you heard? Then check back next month and pick up the artist’s newest release at a great price.

Are you an Amazon Prime member? Then be sure to take advantage of these two additional money-saving features available only to Prime members:

  • Kindle Owner’s Lending Library: You can borrow up to one book a month at no charge, and with no return date. That’s as many as twelve free books a year! With 1000’s of books in the Lending Library, you are sure to find something you like.
  • Prime Instant Video: With your Kindle Fire, take full advantage your Prime membership’s unlimited streaming of 10,000s of movies and TV shows directly to your Fire, and at no additional cost.

Want to know more about Amazon Prime? Read my blog post, How Prime is Amazon Prime? for features and benefits of being an Amazon Prime member.

Kindle Not Required: Got a smartphone, computer, or Apple device? You too can take advantage of free and low cost books with the Free Kindle Reading Apps. Simply download the App for your specific device and you will soon be on your way to reading your favorite books.

Are you now ready to read more, listen more, and watch more all for less money with your Kindle devices? What’s your favorite Kindle money-saving tip? Let us know in the Comments section below.

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How Prime is Amazon Prime?

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So How Prime is Amazon Prime? That depends, but for me, it’s primo prime, especially with the latest benefits added to the Amazon Prime membership.

Why would you consider an Amazon Prime membership, when free shipping is an every day option with Amazon’s Free Super Saving Shipping? Consider the following benefits of being an Amazon Prime member:

1. Free 2-day shipping. Yes, free, with no minimum purchase required! So go ahead and order that $5 item; it will be at your door in 2 days. Compare that to the $25 minimum purchase to qualify for Free Super Saving Shipping. How many times have you added an extra item to your order simply to get the Free Super Saving Shipping? I have, but not anymore with Prime!

2. Instant Streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows, including selections that are free only to Prime members. Movies and TV shows are updated constantly, keeping the viewing library fresh. Want to watch past episodes of Lost? All six seasons can be streamed for free with your Prime membership.

3. Instant Access to select Kindle books with the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Books can be “borrowed” from the Lending Library for as long as you want, no return date. Want to borrow the book, Elizabeth Street? Free with Prime, otherwise $7.99 for Kindle. That represents $79.90 savings if you borrow ten similar priced books a year.

All this for the low price of $79 a year. The savings alone from the Owners’ Lending Library will pay for my Prime membership. Amazon Prime also allows up to four members of one household to share one Prime membership.

Better yet, Amazon offers a FREE 30-day Prime membership trial offer.  Why not sign up now, maximize your holiday shopping with free 2-day shipping? Not only will this save you time this busy holiday shopping season, but money too! Think about all the gas you would use to drive around to five stores to complete your shopping list, when you could have used your Amazon Prime membership, from the comfort of your own home, and have these items on your doorstep in two days? My gas savings by shopping with Amazon Prime really adds up.

Sometimes your savings may be measuring in time saved, not dollars saved. Consider this: Your son tells you Wednesday morning that he is invited to a birthday party Friday night. You have to work, and the kids have after school activities. When are you going to get to a store to buy that gift? Amazon Prime can save the day! By noon, that gift is bought and on its way, and with the 2-day shipping, at your door with time to spare for that Friday night party.

Need a gift for that “someone special?” Consider an Amazon Prime membership if your someone special shops online, watches TV, and/or owns a Kindle. They too can now reap the rewards of Amazon Prime. Gifting a Kindle-owner an Amazon Prime membership is like gifting him with a Book of the Month membership, with fringe benefits! Wow, I just figured out what I am giving that someone special on my Holiday shopping list!

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A few more tidbits on Amazon Prime:

Maximizing the Free 2-Day Shipping:

  • Only items with the “Prime Eligible” next to the price qualify for Prime Free 2-Day Shipping. If you don’t see “Prime Eligible”, then you might incur shipping fees, as well as longer than 2-day shipping with the purchase of this item.
  • No minimum purchase required to qualify for the free shipping.
  • $3.99 shipping is also available for 1-day shipping. Just beware that this is a per-item fee, and not per order.

Maximizing Prime Instant Streaming:

  • Utilize the free streamings by searching for your favorite movies and TV shows in Prime Instant Video.
  • Not all Amazon Instant Streamings are free, even to Prime members. Prime-eligible free streaming is a sub-category of Amazon Instant Video, which offers over 100,000 different movies and TV shows.
  • The new Kindle Fire is a perfect companion for streaming. Simply be logged into your Amazon account, and the video library is wide open.
  • Streaming your favorite TV shows through your computer does not require anything special other than an internet connection and being logged into your Amazon account.
  • Streaming through your TV might require additional hardware depending on your TV.
  • Click on this link to discover more details on Instant Streaming with Amazon: Ways to Watch Amazon Instant Videos

Maximizing the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library:

  • Only Kindle owners can utilize the Lending Library.
  • Books borrowed from the Lending Library can only be read on your Kindle. You cannot borrow nor read these books on your smart phones, iPads, or computers.
  • Check out the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library before you purchase a book.
  • When searching Kindle books outside the Lending Library, check the purchase options to see if the book is also in the Lending Library.
  • Amazon limits the number of books you can borrow to one book per month, per Prime membership, not per Kindle registered. If you have more than one Kindle on your Prime account, you may need to coordinate who gets the free book this month!

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