College students get a back-to-school freebie from Amazon – six months of Amazon Prime at no charge, and $49 a year after that. Normally $99, Amazon Prime provides free two-day shipping on textbooks and other merchandise, special student deals and credits for referrals. You’ll need your school’s .edu e-mail address to get the offer, but you can change the address once you’ve signed up. Information: www.amazon.com/student.
(Amazon Prime and Amazon Prime for Students offer free two-day shipping and free streaming video.)
But there are ways to get around the price hike.
If you’re due to renew before April 17, you’ll pay the old rate of $79, or $39 for the student service.
New members who sign up by Wednesday, March 19, get the $79/$39 rate as well.
And SlickDeals.net offered a slick workaround to avoid the price increase by buying a gift membership for yourself that begins the day after your current membership ends. (You’ll have to buy the gift membership by March 19 as well.)
More cold weather ahead, which means more time spent indoors reading. If ebook downloads are draining your budget, sign up for BookBub.com’s daily email alert for free and discounted best-seller and new-release downloads. BargainBooksy.com offers daily discounts on best-selling e-books. Amazon’s Daily Deal for Kindle features a changing list of discounted ebooks in a variety of genres.
Amazon Student is a free membership program that provides six months of free, two-day shipping on most purchases, no minimum order required, and other special discounts. After six months, students can sign up for the service for a special discounted rate of $39, (regularly $79), and get the added bonus of free streaming movies and television. You’ll need your school’s .edu email or other proof of student status to sign up. Find information at amazon.com/student.
Today’s deals in print books are:
- Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch—$8.99 (70% off the list price)
- Philipp Meyer’s The Son—$12.99 (53% off the list price)
- Robert Galbraith’s The Cuckoo’s Calling—$11.99 (54% off the list price)
Kindle deals are available for 24 hours. Today’s deals in Kindle books are:
- Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch—$2.99 (80% off the list price)
- Philipp Meyer’s The Son—$2.99 (82% off the list price)
- Hannah Kent’s Burial Rites—$2.99 (77% off the list price)
For 12 days, (starting Tuesday, 12/3 and ending Saturday, 12/14), Amazon will be discounting bestselling books 50 percent and more. There will be four deals each day, and each deal will last for four hours.
I’ll be posting each day’s deals here, so be sure to check back.
College students get a back-to-school special from Amazon. Amazon Student is a free membership program that provides six months of free two-day shipping on most purchases; no minimum order required, unlimited instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows and special discounts. (You’ll need your school’s .edu e-mail or other proof of student status to sign up.) Find information at www.Amazon.com/student.
Amazon is letting the music wars rip with two-for-the-price-of-one formats on music purchases. The company has launched AutoRip, a service that gives customers free MP3 versions of CDs.
Purchase an AutoRip CD and the digital version will be added immediately to your Cloud Player library. (The CD itself will show up in your mailbox a few days later.)
And if you’ve purchased AutoRip CDs any time since Amazon opened its Music Store in 1998, you’ll find the MP3 versions of those albums in your Cloud Player library as well – automatically and at no charge. (AutoRip MP3s do not count against Cloud Player storage limits.)
Amazon says, in many cases, customers can buy an AutoRip CD, including the free digital copy, for less than they would pay for just the digital album at iTunes.
“What would you say if you bought music CDs from a company 15 years ago, and then 15 years later that company licensed the rights from the record companies to give you the MP3 versions of those CDs… and then to top it off, did that for you automatically and for free?” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO, in a press release when the service was announced. “Well, starting today, it’s available to all of our customers – past, present, and future – at no cost. We love these opportunities to do something unexpected for our customers.”
More than 50,000 albums are currently available for AutoRip, and more titles are being added. Music can be played from any Kindle Fire, Android phone or tablet, iPhone, iPod touch, Samsung TVs, Roku, Sonos, and any web browser.
For more information about AutoRip visit www.amazon.com/AutoRip.
Amazon celebrates the season with free holiday MP3 downloads. Every five days through Dec. 25, five new songs will be available. (Go to the MP3 store and click on the “Free Holidays Songs” link.) Current offerings include songs by Cyndi Lauper, the Shins and Shonen Knife.