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Old 11-25-2012, 03:59 PM   #1
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Amazon Prime...worth it?

We are getting our oldest DD a Kindle Fire for Christmas. She is more willing to read on a tablet than a book, and she definitely needs motivation to read. We also like the parental control features vs. the iPad, especially the part where we can limit how much she "plays" on it yet still maintain unlimited reading time.

To get to my question, I see that with Amazon Prime there are over 180,000 books you can "rent" for free, like a library. Have you found there to be a decent selection of juvenile/young adult titles to choose from. Our local library DOES offer ebooks to check out and in fact I check them out all the time to the Kindle app on my iPad. Would this be redundant??? Also, I do order from Amazon from time to time so the free expedited shipping would be nice. Just wondering if you think Amazon Prime is a worthwhile expenditure? Any other benefits I should know about? Thanks.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:12 PM   #2
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I have Amazon Prime and for me it is totally worth it. I shop Amazon frequently so the savings on shipping is the reason. I don't know if I'd spend the money on Prime if it was just for borrowing books or streaming videos. It would really depend on how often I do that. I have a Kindle, and rarely borrow books from Amazon, I either download free ones, or borrow from my local library.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:18 PM   #3
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I have Amazon Prime and for me it is totally worth it. I shop Amazon frequently so the savings on shipping is the reason. I don't know if I'd spend the money on Prime if it was just for borrowing books or streaming videos. It would really depend on how often I do that. I have a Kindle, and rarely borrow books from Amazon, I either download free ones, or borrow from my local library.
That last part got my attention how does the last part of your statement work and how expensive is it I read a lot
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:27 PM   #4
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That last part got my attention how does the last part of your statement work and how expensive is it I read a lot
Amazon has a ton of free books to download so every couple days I just check the top 100. I also subscribe to Pixel Of Ink (on FB) because publishers will release a book for free for a limited time and they keep you updated.
I can borrow ebooks from my local library, but the most popular usually have a waitlist. I honestly don't know how much I spend on books, but if I take how many I have read compared to how many I've paid real money for its a very small amount.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:31 PM   #5
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Amazon has a ton of free books to download so every couple days I just check the top 100. I also subscribe to Pixel Of Ink (on FB) because publishers will release a book for free for a limited time and they keep you updated.
I can borrow ebooks from my local library, but the most popular usually have a waitlist. I honestly don't know how much I spend on books, but if I take how many I have read compared to how many I've paid real money for its a very small amount.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:55 PM   #6
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I order a lot off Amazon and Prime is totally worth it for me. I haven't used the instant video a whole bunch, though.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:32 AM   #7
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It really just depends on how much shopping you do at Amazon. I had it as a student (special rate) and it was fabulous for textbooks and other purchases.

I'd like to get Prime again but haven't been making many online purchases via Amazon recently.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:35 AM   #8
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I love Amazon Prime and have had it since it started. It ends up being about $6-7 month. I do a lot of amazon shopping and it really does pay for itself. I also use movie streaming and the library for my kindle fire.
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:28 PM   #9
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We are getting our oldest DD a Kindle Fire for Christmas. She is more willing to read on a tablet than a book, and she definitely needs motivation to read. We also like the parental control features vs. the iPad, especially the part where we can limit how much she "plays" on it yet still maintain unlimited reading time.

To get to my question, I see that with Amazon Prime there are over 180,000 books you can "rent" for free, like a library. Have you found there to be a decent selection of juvenile/young adult titles to choose from. Our local library DOES offer ebooks to check out and in fact I check them out all the time to the Kindle app on my iPad. Would this be redundant??? Also, I do order from Amazon from time to time so the free expedited shipping would be nice. Just wondering if you think Amazon Prime is a worthwhile expenditure? Any other benefits I should know about? Thanks.
I have Prime and it is worth it to me.

I have an Amazon visa and I do a lot of shopping through the site. I use it for the lending library and streaming videos as well!
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Old 11-25-2012, 04:58 PM   #10
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As a 4 year subscriber , its a big yes. One large box, or one last minute gift will likely covet half the cost.

The first year i got it my first shipping cost would have been 24 dollars!!!
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:05 AM   #11
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We haven't decided yet. We tried it to compare the instant streaming with Netflix, along with the 2 day shipping. So far, we still like Netflix better, but we might keep it just for the shipping.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:19 AM   #12
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I love Prime! I use it for free books and free two-day shipping. I don't drive anymore and do a lot of shopping on line. I just ordered 30 AA batteries for my "window candles" and it was $7.00 total.....and it has been shipped and will arrive Wednesday! It isn't quite like going out and getting it instantly. However, the prices are good and the convenience is awesome!
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:38 AM   #13
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I have prime and I'm just kind of 'meh' on it. Usually the things I order new would qualify for free shipping anyway (I rarely order less than $25... But that might change when I move away from home next year) and I try to order my books used (especially textbooks) so I have to pay shipping anyway. It really depends on what you order and how often you order. I don't have an e-reader so I can't comment on that.
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