Amazon First Reads gets you exclusive access to books before their official release — here’s how it works plus 10 new books to read in January

Amazon First Reads gets you exclusive access to books before their official release — here’s how it works plus 10 new books to read in January

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Amazon First Reads is a service that gives Prime members (or separate subscribers) access to select ebooks before their release date.

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  • Amazon First Reads offers readers the chance to snag a new book before it’s officially released.
  • This service is free for Prime members and only $1.99/month for everyone else.
  • The titles are all from Amazon Publishing and from different popular genres.

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What Is Amazon First Reads?

Amazon First Reads is a service where Amazon Prime members get early access to upcoming books for free, a month before they’re officially published. 

With rotating titles from popular genres like true crime, romantic comedy, and Book Club fiction, Prime members can read a title from their favorite genre or discover something new. 

Do you have to be a Prime member to use Amazon First Reads?

Amazon Prime members get free access to Amazon First Reads. However, if you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can still access Amazon First Reads for $1.99 per month, and the service is currently available in the US, UK, and Australia. 

As an added bonus, Kindle Unlimited members can read most of the previous First Reads picks for free.

How does Amazon First Reads work?

All the books on Amazon First Reads are from Amazon Publishing and are ebooks only. While you can only choose one book per month, you can download it on your Kindle or your Kindle app so you can read it on any device that’s compatible. 

If you have a Prime membership, you can access select additional titles for free and get an occasional discounted bonus offer. This month, you can snag the Kindle editions of “Count the Ways” by Joyce Maynard for $4.99 and “Quicksilver” by Dean Koontz for $6.99.

Some months, Amazon will also offer print editions of the books for $9.99. 

10 free books available with Amazon First Reads in January 2022: 

Descriptions are provided by Amazon and lightly edited for clarity.

“Deep Sleep (Devin Gray Book 1)” by Steven Konkoly

“Deep Sleep (Devin Gray Book 1)” by Steven Konkoly book covers



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Countersurveillance expert Devin Gray is unwittingly thrown headfirst into dangerous new territory after the death of his mother. Helen Gray, a paranoid and disgraced former CIA officer, believed she was on the verge of preventing a national catastrophe — a mission worth dying for. Others, including Devin, believe she was chasing delusions. Until he finds what she left behind.

With the help of longtime friend and former Marine helicopter pilot Marnie Young and a loyal team of covert operatives Helen summoned just before her death, Devin is propelled into a high-stakes chase across the country. What he uncovers, clue by clue, is a conspiracy more widespread and insidious than anyone could have imagined.

Now it’s Devin’s mission to destroy a covert network poised to deliver a fatal blow to the future of the United States. And also to vindicate his mother, by seeing the mission through to its treacherous end.

“The Night Burns Bright: A Novel” by Ross Barkan

“The Night Burns Bright- A Novel” by Ross Barkan book cover



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Lucien has everything he needs: a loving mama, a library full of books, and House of Earth, a private school nestled safely in the woods of upstate New York. It’s where Lucien is taught the importance of living in harmony with nature and building a peaceful and sustainable future. But when his youthful curiosity draws him into town and to Gabrielle, a public-school student living a life wholly different from his own, Lucien’s inquisitiveness about life beyond the commune and questions regarding the events of 9/11 threaten to unbalance everything he thought he knew.

Slowly, things begin to change at House of Earth. The outside world is off-limits. Security measures tighten. New rules are put in place, and anyone who violates them is asked to leave and never spoken of again.

As forbidden questions pile up, Lucien’s willingness to obey weakens. Continuing to meet Gabrielle in secret only reinforces his gnawing fear that something about his world is terribly wrong. Unable to remain silent any longer, Lucien will soon discover that looking for answers at House of Earth may be the most dangerous rule he can break.

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