From Netflix to Amazon Prime

With Amazon offering a monthly subscription to their Prime service, I’m temporarily dropping Netflix to test out the Prime waters. Although Hawaii doesn’t enjoy the free two-day shipping, Prime members do get free standard shipping which is still one up on the free Super Saver shipping. Now I don’t have to look for $25 worth of goods to buy in order to qualify for Super Saver shipping. And with the Holiday crunch, the few days saved via Standard shipping should help get gifts here on time.

At about $8 a month, it’s not a big deal to try out the Prime service for two months. I’m interested in seeing the performance of their streaming video service. Looks like there are some good movies available while my Netflix DVD queue only has old movies and television series, so canceling Netflix isn’t a huge loss.

I still have to read up on the Kindle book rental service. Does it work with Kindle apps on iPhones and iPads? I don’t have an actual Kindle device (nor will I get one).

So bottomline, I’m banking on taking advantage of the free (and faster) shipping for two months to make the subscription cost worthwhile.


  • tom

    As far as I can tell, a Kindle app is a Kindle app. I was going through lots of Kindle books before getting an actual device.

    The interesting thing is that some content won’t download wirelessly — you need to plug the Kindle into the computer. But once you’ve done that, you can get at it (wirelessly) from any other device or app on the Amazon account.

    So my guess is that if you get Prime, you can get book loans on your iPad.

    • Cool, thanks for the insight Tom. Will have to explore and see what’s good.

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