The slow eventual descent into a world where there is no such thing as a middleman/shop but everything is simply traded via Amazon continues. This week it’s Prime Reading that has arrived. Basically a middle tier between buying digital books and their premium (pay separately) Unlimited rental service. It also acts as the Prime tier under ComiXology Unlimited (as comics on Kindle are now integrated with ComiXology).
I expect the deals for content are often region-limited but where I am there are about 1100 books in the rental library, of which 120 are volumes of a graphic novel (usually vol 1 of a series so the first 6-12 issue arc). So this is now the 3rd book subscription system from Amazon:
- Kindle Lending Library (1 rental at a time, once a month) [For Kindle & Fire device owners]
- Kindle First (Prime freebie new release from a selection of 6 each month)
- Prime Reading (10 rentals at a time, no monthly limit)
It seems decent enough but it really depends if there’s much good to read in that limited library and how quickly books cycle into and out of the selection. There’s also a monthly rotation of ~40 (again, at least where I am - most of them are regional offerings so YMMV) magazines you can read. Seems to be implied that the selection will change every month so it’s not going to replace a digital subscription but if you just want something to flick through then there’s something to read (and it’s a Kindle version so on a tablet you get the proper magazine pages but can tap to get the Kindle text-only version of articles).
Anyone else given the catalogue a glance? Anything cool to read stand out in the selection?