Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, has big plans for Amazon Prime…the $99 a year membership at Amazon that gives its members additional perks. Amazon continues to add ‘freebies’ to gain new members and being the entrepreneur that Bezos is, Amazon Prime members can now get six months free of ‘The Washington Post National Digital Edition,’ a newspaper that Bezos purchased in 2013. After the six months are up, Prime members can continue receiving the newspaper for only $3.99 per month – that is only $48 per year and a 60-percent discount over the normal yearly fee of $130. Greg Greeley, Vice President of Amazon Prime said, “The Washington Post offers world-class journalism that can be conveniently accessed through a variety of devices. We’re always looking for ways to enhance Prime for our members and we’re excited to be able to offer them six months of free unlimited digital access to The Washington Post National Digital Edition and at a deeply discounted monthly rate thereafter.”
This is one of those win-win situations for both Jeff Bezos and Amazon Prime customers – Bezos gets more business from Amazon via new members and from subscription sales of The Washington Post and Prime members get yet another perk for being a Prime member and access to an award-winning newspaper with over 60 Pulitzer Prizes. Steve Hills, President and General Manager, The Washington Post said that “Offering free access to new subscribers through Prime allows us to connect with millions of members nationwide who may not have tried The Post in the past. With this special offer, Prime members can see firsthand why more than 50 million people monthly choose The Washington Post as their source for news.”
Amazon Prime is a $99 per year membership program that offers its members unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping on more than 20 million items and Free Same-Day Delivery on more than one million items in 14 metro areas across the country. You also get unlimited streaming of tens or thousands of movies and TV episodes, downloads of more than one million songs with Amazon Music, unlimited photo storage on the Amazon Cloud Drive with Prime Photos and access to more than 800,000 books within Amazon’s Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. There are even 11 cities that can receive one and two hour delivery service by using the dedicated Prime Now mobile app. Adding the Washington Post perk is just another addition in making the Amazon Prime membership worth the $99 a year fee, as Bezos continues to expand Amazon and its products.