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Reports began circulating last month that Amazon Prime's annual fee would be increasing, and today comes official word from the online mega-store. The price for the service, which offers streaming video, free two-day shipping and some other perks, has been raised from $79 a year to $99 a year.
Amazon Prime is, in my opinion, the only way to shop right now. I’ll get down on some local trinket shops to find that one-of-a-kind doohickey for the wife’s birthday, but as a rule I go Prime. And I go hard for the service. In addition to “free” two-day shipping, the service includes a Kindle library and streaming videos with no additional cost. After nearly a decade the cost of Prime may be going up, and the news is causing a bit of controversy.
Maybe someday, years from now, I’ll look back at the expression of curiosity mingled with disbelief on my face when I watched Amazon’s “Prime Air” video and I’ll laugh, because maybe in that not-so-distant future, unmanned aerial vehicles delivering packages to our doorstep in thirty minutes or less will be standard. But in the present day, it seems like something out of science fiction, and yet, Amazon appears to be working toward making it a reality.
If you want an electronic copy of the Harry Potter books, you still have to use the Pottermore website, but if reading each of the books once is your only goal, Amazon Prime might be your best option. Earlier today, the online juggernaut signed a deal which will allow its Kindle lending library to offer copies of the series in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish to all Amazon Prime customers.