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7 Amazon Prime perks you're probably not using

7 Amazon Prime perks you're probably not using
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Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world. The company's net sales revenue climbed from $6.92 billion in 2004 to $107.01 billion in 2015. Whether it's the convenience of online shopping, the deals or the selection, people just seem to love Amazon.

Deals you find on Amazon get even better if you become a Prime member and get free shipping on everything you order. Amazon Prime is such a popular feature that there are approximately 63 million members.

However, free delivery isn't the only perk that you get as a Prime member. There are many other benefits that you might not be aware of. Keep reading and I'll tell you about some of the other perks.

1. Free Books

It wasn't so long ago when Amazon did nothing but sell books, music and a few other things. These days, Amazon sells everything. It's a resource for busy people, people who can't get around the way they used to or, we've all had these days, people who just don't feel like shopping.

Amazon is remembering its roots by rewarding members with free books. A new one each month, actually.

Prime Members who own a Kindle, or Fire tablet or phone, can access the Kindle Lending Library and borrow an eBook once a month. It's like a library, but without due dates or heavy books to lug around. Plus, for Prime members with Kindles, Amazon will give you one free book from its "Editors' Picks."

2. Video Streaming

Your Prime membership comes with Prime Video. You get instant access to video streaming that includes thousands of movies and TV shows at no additional cost.

Prime Video isn't just a stockpile of old shows. There are many top-notch shows, including Amazon originals you can't watch anywhere else. Those include the multiple Emmy-nominated "Transparent" with Jeffrey Tambor, and the romantic comedy "Catastrophe." Recently, Amazon snapped up the co-hosts of the BBC's long-running, hugely popular car show "Top Gear."

Prime Video also airs reruns of shows such as HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm," PBS's "Downton Abbey" and CBS's "Under the Dome." It streams older classics too, like HBO's "The Wire." Amazon also has deals with cable channels like Showtime and Starz, so you can watch their programs at a discount.

You can watch Prime Videos on your computer, mobile gadgets or through a streaming gadget or smart TV. If you’re going to be traveling, you can download many titles too. This way, you don't need to be online to watch.

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