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Initial post: Nov 17, 2013 9:07:42 PM PST
Ned Gu says:
Do you guys who have kindle fire also have prime membership? Do these $79 dollar really worth it if you get a kindle fire? The video selection and free book library seem to so attractive!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2013 9:13:37 PM PST
Ned - I had Prime before I even had any Kindle for the free 2-day shipping. I don't borrow from the Kindle Owners Lending Library much, but you can now also get a free book to keep once a month -

I do love the free videos and watch them a lot.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2013 9:33:59 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 17, 2013 9:41:39 PM PST
Artist says:
I also had Prime before I had a Fire, and even before the book and videos were part of Prime. I subscribed to it for the free 2-day shipping, which is the main benefit of Prime.

I have borrowed books from the KOLL, but they haven't been the best things I've ever read. But they're free, so no complaints. Just so you know, you can only borrow one book per calendar month, from a specific list of eligible books. Not every e-book available on Amazon is eligible.

I don't watch too many videos (the screen is too small for my liking for that), but I have viewed several. It's a nice free perk of Prime.

ETA: Not all videos are Prime eligible, either. Just want you to be aware of that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 17, 2013 9:56:12 PM PST
Sue says:

I had Prime before I had my Kindle Fire and love it. We watch movies at home on our TV. I watch them on my Kindle Fire when I am at work. I have purchased movies and watch the free ones.

I have borrowed books from the KOLL but not many. I love the free two day shipping the most. It came in handy last year when I had my knees replaced. I had to order some things I needed to help me during my recovery and got them in two days.

At $79 a year, Prime is a huge bargain and they keep adding more to it.

Posted on Nov 17, 2013 11:04:42 PM PST
I had Prime before I had Kindles as well. I love never having to go out for Christmas shopping anymore! We also enjoy the Prime Instant Videos on our Kindles and on our Rokus. I don't use the lending library much (I find myself using the public library more), but it's a nice added bonus.

Kindle First is a new Prime benefit that might interest you too:

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 5:35:34 AM PST
Given the amount of physical goods I buy from Amazon, I'd be crazy not to have Prime. I have watched a few videos, and borrowed one book (to make sure I understood the process), but it's all about the shipping for me.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2013 5:53:37 AM PST
Make sure you understand what the "library" portion means. It's up to 12 books a year; that's it. It's a nice perk; I get to read 12 books a year that I don't have to pay for.

But you only get one at a time, and it's a limited selection. I think some folks anticipate the KOLL as an all-you-can-read buffet, but it's not like that.

That said, I DO use my free borrows every month, I use the shipping all the time, and we watch the HECK out of the Prime videos. So for my household, the $79 a year is totally worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2013 6:21:52 AM PST
Actually, with the new Kindle First feature, it's TWO books a month now, or 24 a year.....One you can borrow and the other you get to keep forever, for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2013 6:24:27 AM PST
Even better! I did snag a Kindle First; I didn't realize that it's going to be an every-month thing.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 7:49:36 AM PST
L. Hill says:
Like many others - I purchased Prime first for the shipping - that was the reason it started. Since that time, Amazon has continually added "benefits" to Prime - shipping to additional addresses, setting up family accounts, videos, books, etc. For me, with the volume of purchases I make, Prime is OUTSTANDING...I never worry about how many items I purchase, I never have to "build up" to a free shipping amount, I receive my order fairly quickly. I am not sure of the value of Prime for JUST videos (or KOLL) - however, my wife and kids make extensive use of the Prime Video library, for both movies and older TV shows. For those of you with Netflix - how does the price and selection of videos compare? I believe Netflix runs about $8/month, which would make it MORE than a Prime membership for the year...

Ned - if you are looking for opinions - I would say get it - I find it well worth the yearly fee. Just a head's up - it has been $79 a year since its inception about 11 years I REALLY find this a value considering how everything else seems to have gone up in price...

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 8:52:33 AM PST
B. Marks says:
I've been a Prime member since I first heard about it several years before they added the free videos and book loans. I got Prime for the free fast shipping. It's been a big money saver for me and it still is.

I also have Netflix for video streaming and I watch Prime videos about as much as Netflix videos. I think if they stopped giving us free shipping I might keep Prime for the videos. But for me it's mainly a shipping thing.

I've also borrowed a couple of Prime lending books but that's a pretty minor benefit, I think.


Posted on Nov 18, 2013 12:57:08 PM PST
MariaA37 says:
I guess I'm the odd one here :D I got Prime after I got my Fire HD. I was streaming something on Netflix (when I still had DVDs AND streaming with my plan) but Netflix only had Season 1 of the show I was streaming, Amazon had Seasons 1 and 2 so I started my 30 day free trial and haven't looked back.

If I had to make a choice now, I'd go with Amazon. As someone pointed out $79.00 might sound like a lot but spread out over the year it's actually less than Netflix, plus we get to borrow a book a month, and I've found some good books to borrow from KOLL, plus free shipping, and now the new Kindle First books.

If you're still undecided, try it out for free for 30 days.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2013 1:35:56 PM PST
Katy says:
Thank you for explaining in detail Now my Husband sees how the Prime Membership is worth it

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2013 2:33:20 PM PST
Wander over to the Prime Video/Streaming and add to your watchlist shows you "would watch if you had prime" .... tally up the cost of those individually/season. The KOLL books do have some great books that are on the list -- and many not so great ones. The price of the "Kindle First" books last month was $4.99, (that alone over the year is $60). And then the shipping. No need to get a $35 order together to get the free shipping.

Well worth it.

Posted on Nov 18, 2013 9:51:25 PM PST
Sue says:
Has anyone else noticed that Amazon has been adding more movies on Prime lately? When I look at my movies I have noticed that there seem to be more Prime movies.

I am not complaining because I have found some very good ones. Just wondering.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2013 11:01:04 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
Oh, yes, and a lot of A list movies at that.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 12:43:58 AM PST
R. Wilde says:
Plus, of course, the epic saga of the 21st century, a classic in its own time...

Sharknado [HD]

Posted on Nov 19, 2013 12:52:58 AM PST
Cynthia B says:
I've been a prime member since it started, and I love it. Free shipping is worth it, and I also get free shipping on returns. If I have any problems with an item, I call customer service and ask for them to email me a prepaid label and so far I've never had to pay any return postage.

I watch a lot of programs in Amazon & Netflix, and I find that Amazon's picture quality is better. If the same program is on both services (rarely, but sometimes it is) I will watch it on Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 5:31:58 AM PST
J. Gatie says:
Watched it the other day. 1.5 hours I will never get back, but I did it anyway. Like slowing down for a car wreck, you just can't help but stare.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 6:07:46 AM PST
I stared at the Sharknado icon for several minutes; I held the screen up to my daughter. "Is that actually a thing?"

She rolled her eyes. "Ohhh, yeah."

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 6:26:05 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 19, 2013 6:26:21 AM PST
J. Gatie says:
It is the perfect amalgam of bad actors, bad acting, bad plot, bad writing, bad special effects, and bad direction. The only really bad thing about it is that they knew it was bad. If the makers were serious, it would be the king of all bad movies.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 6:36:30 AM PST
T. Cook says:
Just wait for the sequel "Sharknado 2: The Second One" next July...

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2013 3:29:11 PM PST
R. Wilde says:
I actually haven't watched it yet, but I put it in my Netflix queue when it became available. I'll probably watch it either this weekend or over Thanksgiving... I think it's definitely something I need to be in the mood to watch.

In the meantime, I'm trying to create a new internet meme, or more specifically combine two into a new, epic meme... "jump the sharknado".

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 12:29:10 PM PST
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