Amazon Prime makes sense for millions of people who want to get free two day shipping and a host of other benefits. Since the platform originally launched in 2005 the only way you could subscribe is by paying a yearly fee. This has all changed today with the advent of monthly Prime membership that only costs $10.99 and the Seattle company has also introduced a standalone Prime Video service at $8.99 a month.
If you want to opt into paying $10.99 per month for Prime, there is no annual commitment, but over the course of the year you will be paying 25% more than if you subscribed for the full year. Amazon said many customers have been asking for month-to-month flexibility with the program.
Amazon offering a dedicated video streaming subscription service is a clear attempt to catch up with Netflix, which has led the way in video streaming by offering a monthly service while also spending big on original content such as House of Cards, and Marvel superhero spin-off series including Daredevil and Jessica Jones.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.