How to search Amazon Prime Reading
December 11, 2016 12:36 PM   Subscribe

I have a subscription to Amazon Prime and would like to try out Amazon Prime Reading. How do I search for specific books I want to read?

I know how to find Prime Reading and "Browse the catalog," but is there any way to search for a specific title (or author)? Even filtering by genre gives me too much to wade through. Also is the Prime Reading catalog the same as Kindle Unlimited?
posted by Joleta to Computers & Internet (8 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
If you can get to the Prime Reading page, clicking the "Browse the Catalog" link should put "Prime Reading" in Search Box -- it'll be on the left side of the amazon search box and limits where searches are conducted. From there you can enter titles, authors, etc., to limit the search to the Prime Reading catalog.

Prime Reading and Kindle Unlimited are two different catalogs and services. My Prime Reading page shows just over 1000 titles. I don't have an Unlimited account, but when I tried it, it seemed like there were more than that, but I can't verify that.
posted by malthusan at 1:50 PM on December 11, 2016


I don't have an Unlimited account, but when I tried it, it seemed like there were more than that, but I can't verify that.

Unlimited is more than one million books.
posted by DarlingBri at 2:29 PM on December 11, 2016


The Prime Reading catalog is very limited and it seems to be a lot of first-time authors, first books in series, and mostly not books I have heard of from other sources.

I like reading books for free, but as you've found, it's difficult to search and I've already read the ones there I'm interested in. I had hoped they would be added more weekly but it doesn't seem to be the case.
posted by Squeak Attack at 2:29 PM on December 11, 2016 [1 favorite]


What If? by Randall Monroe, the XKCD guy, is available in Prime reading. I just started it this week after I got bored with Springsteen's book and gave up on it . It was in my reading list - which is how I found it.
posted by COD at 2:34 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


If you have a reasonably good public library in your area, check to see if they lend eBooks. Most are in Kindle format and work through your Amazon account for borrowing. I have found this to be a much better way to find free books than using Prime or Unlimited.

Joel
posted by jwt0001 at 2:51 PM on December 11, 2016 [14 favorites]


Piggybacking on Joel, our library uses Hoopla and I've had better luck finding things there than on Prime or Unlimited. I also subscribe to Scribd.
posted by fiercecupcake at 3:46 PM on December 11, 2016


I also gave up on Prime Limited and went to the library. I have a Nook AND a Kindle (both bought used on craigslist for $20.each) so I can borrow All The Books.
posted by fshgrl at 5:09 PM on December 11, 2016 [2 favorites]


Thanks all. I have access to Overdrive, Hoopla, MagicWall and OneClickDigital through my library, and use them all the time to find e-books and audio books. I was hoping to add Prime Reading so I didn't have to wait for a book, but it looks like it's too much trouble.
posted by Joleta at 6:19 AM on December 12, 2016


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