Build Your TBR With Free Books and Magazines Through Amazon Prime

Build Your TBR With Free Books and Magazines Through Amazon Prime
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Like it or not, Amazon Prime has become a major lifeline for many during the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to get food and supplies delivered quickly to their home. And while free two-day delivery is probably the most popular feature of the service, if you’re only using your account for ordering stuff, you’re missing out. Yes, there’s Amazon Prime Video — but did you know that your Prime subscription also comes with a large selection of free books, comic books and magazines? Here’s how to access them — even if you don’t have a Kindle device.

How to access free books through Amazon Prime

First of all, as Michael Crider points out at Review Geek, this isn’t the same thing as Kindle Unlimited; that’s a separate subscription service with a much wider selection of books. Instead, to peruse your Prime options, you’re going to want to go to Prime Reading. This section will show you what’s currently available for free via your Prime account. (Another note from Crider: These selections rotate constantly, so if you’re interested in reading something, download it now, because it wont’t be there forever.)

What’s available?

Prime Reading isn’t the digital equivalent of the sale rack at the bookstore, full of rejects no one wants to read. There are nonfiction offerings by David Sedaris, and about Mister Rogers. There are classic children’s books like Harold and the Purple Crayon and The Giving Tree (if you need a book to read to your kids and a good cry). Alongside fiction by Dean Koontz and Lucinda Berry there’s also a decent selection of print magazines (as in, the ones you’d normally have to pay for at a newsstand) like Real Simple, Men’s Health and Smithsonian.

Do I need a Kindle device?

No, you do not need an actual Kindle or Fire device to reap the digital literary benefits of your Prime account. Your phone, tablet or computer will do you just fine, because you can access these free books and periodicals via the Kindle app on iOS or Android phones or tablets, or on a standard web browser via the Kindle Cloud Reader.

As long as you’re paying for Amazon Prime, you might as well take full advantage of the subscription, including its digital print options.


  • Most likely To Be Read. Otherwise pick one of the following acronyms:

    Tennessee Board of Regents
    To Be Returned
    To Be Read
    Teenage Bottle Rocket (band)
    Teenage Bottlerocket (band)
    To Be Released (domain names)
    Technology Business Research
    Traceability Based Reading
    Transaction Billing Resources
    To Be Reported
    Timed Break Recall
    Tape Bootstrap Routine
    Tommy Baldwin Racing (Mooresville, NC)
    To Be Reviewed
    To Be Resolved
    To Be Rescheduled (events)
    Tampa Bay Rays (baseball team)
    To Be Recorded
    Travel Business Roundtable
    The Back Room
    Traditional Boat Race
    To Be Revised
    Technical Basis for Regulation
    This Beautiful Republic (Christian band)
    The Boiler Room (manga fan fiction website)
    To Be Renamed (shipping)
    Total Business Return
    Tallahassee Board of Realtors
    Torpedo Bomber Reconnaissance Aircraft (US Navy)
    Taco Bell Run
    The Bereavement Register (UK)
    Theological Book Review
    To Be Recommended
    Texas Bound Radio (online station)
    Trade Barrier Regulation
    Texas Business Review
    Treasury Bill Rate
    True Born Records (record label)
    Truncated Balanced Realization (model order reduction)
    Truck & Bus Radial Tire
    Time between Replacement (aviation)
    Total-Body Radiation
    The Blessed Resistance (Demon Hunter fan community)
    The Brill Report
    Tag Bit Rate (Cisco)
    Tax Board of Review
    Transport Block Reject
    This Board Rocks (discussion forum)
    Team Bellas Room (gaming clan)
    The Broken Record
    To Be Rescinded
    Thin Bond Repair
    Tactical Battlefield Reporting
    Terminal Bonus Reserve (insurance)
    Thorium Breeder Reactor
    Tape Byte Read
    Total Body Rot
    Time Bearing Recorder
    The Business Record
    The Burning Reel
    Truth Box Reply (social media application)

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