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Amazon Prime Reading is the retailer’s best-kept secret for bookworms

Amazon is the top retailer to go to if you want fast delivery on any item you can think of, from TVs to toothpaste.

But besides the usual shopping pages, the retailer also has a number of hidden sections, where you can find even better deals and discounts.

We’ve previously shared the ins and outs of Amazon Warehouse, where you can shop returned items like Fitbits and Shark vacuums, and Amazon Outlet, the retailer's clearance section where you can find products with as much as 70 per cent off their original RRPs.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll know that the £7.99 per month fee, or £79 annual one-off payment, grants you access to unlimited next-day delivery, along with the use of Prime Video and Prime Music for all your entertainment needs.

However, there’s also Amazon Reading: a lesser-known section that Prime members have exclusive access to. If you’re a keen reader or are looking to get stuck into a new book while our weekends are still limited thanks to lockdown, this could present a goldmine of content to enjoy.

Hosting a collection of books, magazines and comic books, it’s a well-kept secret that we think needs to be on your radar.

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What is Amazon Prime Reading?

Prime Reading is a library of fiction and non-fiction books, popular magazines such as Cosmopolitan and New Scientist, and comicbooks like Avengers vs Thanos, that Prime members can access.

There are thousands of titles in every genre, from mystery thrillers and children's books to romance and science fiction, and the selection ranges from new and notable reads to classic titles, from Jane Austen’s novels to Shakespeare’s plays, and books from the Harry Potter series.

Within the collection, there’s also a series dedicated to Amazon original stories, which are reads from authors that Amazon has commissioned.

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Do you need a Kindle to enjoy Amazon Prime Reading?

You don’t necessarily need to have a Kindle to read the books – simply download the Kindle app, which is available for iOS and Android phones and tablets, and you can access all the titles for free. The app works in a similar way to Kindle devices.

The Kindle cloud reader also means you can read your selected books on your computer by simply clicking on the “Read now in the Kindle cloud reader” button.

Before you go wild and try to download the entire library to peruse at your leisure, Amazon only allows 10 Prime Reading books to be downloaded at once, which is a good way to stay on top of your reading material.

It’s also easily accessible via your Kindle or Fire tablet, and books can be read on your device directly from the Prime Reading pages.

If you don’t already have a Kindle but are seriously considering adding one to your basket next time you visit the site, the Amazon Kindle oasis (£229.99, Amazon.co.uk) earned our best buy award in our guide to the best eReaders to fuel your inner bookworm.

“The build quality is immaculate, with an aluminium casing that’s waterproof, so you can read in the bath or [at the] poolside,” said our reviewer. “Multiple LEDs mean that the lighting is very smooth and easily readable and the light colour can be adjusted from white to an orangey hue that’s easy on the eyes. The larger-than-most display is extremely easy to read.”

Additional features include physical page-turn buttons and automatic brightness that adjusts according to the light in the room you’re in. Our reviewer also loved that you can navigate pages without losing your place and listen to Audible audiobooks with Bluetooth headphones too.

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