Amazon Kindle First

Amazon has announced Kindle First giving its Kindle users early access to books.

The new service allows bookworms to get their mitts on titles from Amazon Publishing authors before their official release date. The news comes quickly after Amazon launched Kindle Unlimited in the UK. See alsoKindle (2014) release date, price and specs. 

"Kindle First adds even more value to our Prime membership and we're delighted to be able to offer these great titles as early exclusives to all of our customers," said Dominic Myers, director of Amazon Publishing.

"Not only is this another great service for our customers, it’s also a brilliant showcase for the amazing work being done by Amazon Publishing authors, who will have their books discovered and enjoyed by an even wider audience."

Kindle First works by Amazon Publishing editors selecting titles on a monthly basis from popular categories one month ahead of their official publication date. They add a note of recommendation and a behind-the-scenes look at the stories and the authors.

Customer can get on book of their choice from the selection for 99p but Amazon Prime subscribers get the Kindle First feature for free. Signup is free and customers will be sent a monthly email with the Kindle First selected titles with no obligation to purchase.

The debut Kindle First picks list is as follows:

•         From the Cradle, by authors Mark Edwards and Louise Voss
•         The Glassblower, by Petra Durst-Benning
•         The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter, by Craig Lancaster
•         My Sister's Grave, by Robert Dugoni

Amazon is having a busy period of launches with the Fire Phone, Fire TV, a raft of new Kindle Fire HD tablets and new Kindle eReaders. The firm's tablets will soon have some competition from the Tesco Hudl 2 which will be announced tomorrow.

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