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 CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.