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10 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Not Know About

An Amazon Prime subscription gives you unlimited free two-day shipping, but unless you're ordering a lot of packages, that benefit may not be worth the yearly $79 fee. The good news is, however, a Prime membership delivers a lot of perks, especially if you're interested in reading, television shows and music.

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Read books for free

One of the best Amazon Prime benefits for big-time book readers is Prime Reading, which gives Prime members unlimited reading from a selection of books, comics and more—at no additional cost. You can even browse these titles and download them to your device for long flights or Internet-free zones.

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Download award-winning movies and TV episodes for offline viewing

For movie and television buffs, downloading for offline viewing is one of the best Amazon Prime benefits out there. Prime members on Fire tablets, Fire phones, Android phones or tablets, and iOS devices can download specially-marked Amazon Prime videos to their device and watch them later. The time period you have to view a download varies by title.

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Enjoy Prime Music

Similar to Spotify, Prime Music is an ad-free and on-demand music streaming service, included in your Prime membership. The more music you play, the better Prime Music will be at selecting your preferences and building playlists that might interest you. Prime Music members have access to over one million songs!

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Store photos for free

If you’ve ever experienced a computer or phone crash that wiped out years of photos you had meant to back up, you already know the importance of a cloud-based storage option where you can safely stash your treasured files. Amazon Prime members receive unlimited photo storage with up to 5GB of storage for videos and other files in Prime Photos.

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Have access to premium streaming channels

Amazon Prime benefits continue in the TV and movie department! Canadian Prime members will soon be able to experience Prime Video Channels: a selection of live and on-demand TV and streaming channels, including STARZ, hayu, MGM, Nickelodeon and Sundance Now. Prime Video Channels will be available via the Prime Video app, and offered as paid monthly subscriptions from as little as CDN $3.99 per month.

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Get same-day delivery

Amazon Prime benefits are even sweeter for people living in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary—residents in those cities have the option to order items using Prime Free Same-Day Delivery. Prime Free One-Day Delivery, meanwhile, is available in 32 cities and towns across Canada. Unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping is also available on million of Amazon’s items.

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Get early access to Lightning Deals

A Lightning Deal is a promotion in which a limited number of discounts are offered on an item for a short period of time. They can be found throughout Amazon.ca and are available, one per customer, until either the promotion period for the deal expires or all the available promotional discounts are claimed.

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Get deals on diapers

The Amazon Prime benefits for parents are plentiful, especially for parents of young babies and infants. With an Amazon Family subscription, you can save up to 20 per cent on subscriptions for diapers, baby food (excluding formula), and other discounts and recommendations.

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Stream audio with Audible Channels

Choose from the world’s largest library of audiobooks—from Canadian favourites to worldwide best sellers and new releases—using Amazon’s Audible membership. Prime members get three months’ membership and three audiobooks for free!

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Indulge your inner gamer

Twitch Prime is a premium experience that’s included with Amazon Prime and Prime Video memberships. It includes bonus games and exclusive in-game content, a channel subscription every month at no additional cost, exclusive emotes, and chat badge!

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest