What Is Amazon Prime?

With its plethora of services — including video, e-books and the ability to buy almost anything — Amazon has created an annual membership program that offers free or discounted services across the board. Read on to find out whether Amazon Prime is worth it for you.

Q.: What Is Amazon Prime?

A.: Amazon Prime is a paid service (Free 30-day trial, $99 per year) that gives Amazon shoppers a few distinct advantages. Members of Amazon Prime are eligible for: 

  • Free two-day shipping on any eligible item without a minimum-order balance, and free same-day delivery (in 14 metro areas) on eligible orders more than $35. Prime Pantry Delivery costs a flat $5.99 for delivery of heavy and bulky items.
  • Prime Now app that offers one-hour delivery, in select metropolitan areas. (You can get $20 off your first order of $50 or more with the promo code TRYITNOW.)
  • Sharing the free shipping benefits (and other Prime benefits) with one other adult and up to four children as part of Amazon Household.
  • Video streaming through Amazon Prime Instant Video and Music streaming through Amazon Prime Music
  • Sharing the video and music streaming with another adult, as long as they are marked as an adult in your account.
  • Prime Photos for unlimited photo storage on Amazon Cloud Drive. You also get 5GB of cloud storage for other types of files.
  • One free Kindle book to borrow (from a pool of about 350,000 selections) each month. Also, Kindle First offers early access to one of four Editors' Picks of new e-book releases each month.
  • Free, unlimited access to The Washington Post National Digital Edition for six months (normally worth $9.99 per month). Then, Prime members can purchase a monthly subscription for just $3.99.
  • Amazon Mom for discounts on product subscriptions such as baby wipes, perfect for new parents and caretakers. You also get a 20 percent discount on diaper subscriptions. This benefit can be shared between members of an Amazon Household.
  • 5 percent cash back, if you use an Amazon Store Card for purchases.

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