Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Amazon Prime Day Experience

I just recently became an Amazon Prime member. In January, as I was recuperating from a broken left shoulder and fractured left hip, I took advantage of a special offer to try this service for $79/year. Since I was homebound for four weeks, I thought having groceries delivered to my door would be a nice convenience.

Interestingly, I have not used the Prime Pantry feature yet. But I have greatly enjoyed the benefits of Amazon Prime Video and Prime Music. So far I have watched five seasons of Downton Abbey (yes, I am behind the times) and I have created a number of personal playlists to match my mood.

While I enjoy a good bargain, I don't do much online shopping. So when Amazon offered their equivalent of Christmas in July, I had no plans to partake in the hoopla. But there were two amazing deals this bibliophile could not ignore.

I must admit, it feels like déjà vu. Last January Amazon came to my rescue as I was convalescing, and this July Amazon saved me from total frustration as I recover from a broken right shoulder (no, I am not a klutz but apparently my physical biorhythm is at an all-time low).

Audible Membership

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While I struggle with audiobooks, I am determined to strengthen my auditory skills. I know there are more opportunities to listen to a book than to sit down and read one.

So when I saw the Prime Day deal - three months free Audible membership plus a ten dollar Amazon gift card - I knew the time was right to delve into the world of audiobooks.

I have started a WishList of potential downloads, but have yet to use my first credit. I'm looking for suggestions. What is your favorite audiobook, or your favorite narrator?

Kindle Unlimited Membership

As an Amazon Prime member, I am allowed one free e-book download a month from those listed in the Kindle Unlimited library. While it is rare that major publishers will allow their e-books to be downloaded for free, there are in fact 1.3 million titles available in the Kindle Unlimited library. Amazon does a terrific job of categorizing these e-books in a manageable way.

LOVED this book!
The regular price of this membership is $10/month, which allows you to download unlimited e-books, although you may only keep ten in your Kindle library at any one time.

I took advantage of the Prime Day discount for this service. I had the choice to save 25% for a six month membership, 33% for 12 months, or 40% for two years. I decided to try the six month membership and then use my $10 gift card from the Audible promotion to bring the price down even further. So essentially, for $34 I can download unlimited e-books from now until January. This will definitely help pass the time while my shoulder heals.

I spent the better part of an afternoon browsing through the Kindle Unlimited library, and any title that struck my fancy I added to a WishList specifically designed for Kindle Unlimited e-books. Right now most of my selection focuses on social media platform, writing tips and or prompts, and cozy mysteries. I anticipate I will be using the Amazon recommendation feature to add even more titles to my WishList as time goes on.

Breaking my right shoulder has severely limited my summertime activity. Writing is nearly impossible (I'm using a voice to text software to write this blog post), and holding a book for long periods of time is uncomfortable. With these two Prime Day purchases, Amazon has helped me pass the time and feel more productive.


  1. So glad you're finding some things to joy in while you heal !

  2. I've been mulling over whether to try Kindle Unlimited. After reading your post, it sounds like a good idea. It's wonderful that you've been able to find some things to keep you occupied while your shoulder heals.

    1. One of the great things about Kindle Unlimited is that you are not locked into a contract. You can try it for $10 a month, and if you don't think it's worthwhile, you can opt out. I'd love to hear how you like it and what new authors you discover :)


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