Amazon Prime is a paid subscription service offered by Amazon that gives users access to unlimited one or two-day delivery at no extra cost. It now encompasses a video streaming service, music streaming service, digital books, magazines and comics, unlimited cloud-based photo storage and its newest feature: Amazon Channels too. It is continuously growing, both in popularity and in features.
Amazon Prime benefits
Different benefits you’ll get if you decide to sign up for Prime include:
- FREE Same-Day Delivery in eligible zip codes.
- FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible items to addresses in the contiguous U.S. and other shipping benefits.
- Prime Now offers you FREE 2-Hour Delivery on thousands of items.
- FREE Release-Date Delivery on eligible pre-order items delivered on their release date to ZIP codes within the continental U.S.
- Select No-Rush Shipping and earn rewards for future purchases.
- Prime Music: Unlimited, ad-free access to hundreds of Prime Playlists and more than a million songs for members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
- Video: Unlimited streaming of movies and TV episodes for paid or free trial members.
- Prime Photos: Secure unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive.
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library: Accessible to members in the U.S.
- Video Add-On Subscriptions: You can order third-party streaming apps through Amazon Prime to keep all your video content in one place. For instance, you can add Showtime Anytime and HBO Go to your account.
- Free Games with Prime: Amazon offers a selection of free games every month.
Amazon Prime Subscription Cost
To get all the benefits listed above for a year, users can pay an upfront sum of £79/$99, which works out at £6.58/$8.25 per month. Don’t forget to take advantage of the 30-day free trial first, though. You also have the option to pay for the full Amazon Prime service monthly for £7.99/$12.99 per month – this gives you the freedom to cancel any time, but does end up costing a fair bit more than the annual version.
How to get Amazon Prime Student
For students, there’s an Amazon Prime six-month trial, after which you’ll pay £39/$49 per year. Amazon Prime Student members do miss out on a few benefits during their free trial, though. You won’t get access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library or Kindle First, and you can’t share the membership with another member of your household. To get access to Prime Student you’ll need to actually be a student! After graduation or at the end of your fourth year of the membership, your membership will become an Amazon Prime membership at its full price of £79/$99 unless you cancel.
Most of Amazon’s store brands require an Amazon Prime membership to purchase. Considering the numerous benefits of Amazon Prime, it is worth a try.