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.
3. Same day deliveries
Amazon Prime's free two-day delivery is a big draw and for some members, shipping options are getting better. Prime members shipping to select metro areas across the U.S. now have the option of free same-day or one-day delivery on a wide selection of items. Eligible items are tagged with the FREE Same-Day icon.
To get free same-day shipping you need to order at least $35 worth of items before the cutoff time, which is typically noon. If you place the order after the cutoff time, it qualifies for free one-day shipping. You can find a list of eligible cities on Amazon's site.
4. Share your benefits
Amazon Prime perks are no longer just for you. Amazon Household allows members to share digital content with their family by using Family Library. Members can also share select benefits with one other adult.
There can be up to six members in Amazon Household. Two adults that each have their own Amazon account and profiles for up to four children. Children are not enabled to shop on Amazon through their child profiles.
5. Storing Photos
Here's a really good perk. If you've got lots of photos on your laptop, smartphone and tablet, you know it can be nerve-wracking. What if you lose them?
For Prime members, Amazon offers unlimited storage for photos in its secure Cloud Drive. Yes, unlimited. You can access your photos at any time, no matter what gadget you are using.
6. Listen to music
Free TV and movies are nice, but so is free music. Prime members get access to Amazon Prime Music. It has more than 1 million songs available for free.
Songs like Adele's "Hello" or entire albums like Pink Floyd's classic "The Wall" or The Beatles' "Anthology Highlights" are free to stream, or download to play later. Plus, you can have Amazon play songs like a radio station does. With Prime Stations, music is grouped into genres like "50 Great '80s Rock Songs," and it plays for hours.
If you have your own music library, you can upload it and listen to your songs anywhere you go through the Prime Music app or the web-based player.
To use Prime Music, go to the Amazon home page and hover the mouse over the "Your Account" button. Then select "Your Prime Music."
7. Order Food and household items
Do you hate waiting in line at the grocery store checkout? Prime Pantry lets members shop for groceries and other household items in regular package sizes. You can order a box of items from Prime Pantry and have them delivered to your door for a flat delivery fee of $5.99 per box.
You can buy everyday-sized packages, as opposed to bulk sizes, through Prime Pantry. Members will also get the chance to save money with Weekly Deals and Exclusive Coupons.