Kindle Unlimited access to top magazines (and a new Fire TV Stick generation)
This is a great feature for
members! We’ve been happy members ourselves since Amazon introduced their subser (subscription service). For $9.99 a month (or we actually have bought it when it’s been on sale on Prime Day, so it’s cheaper than that), we have access to close to one and a half million titles. I’ve read some great books through KU!
We do read magazines, and I read a few on my now discontinued Kindle Fire HDX (Entertainment Weekly and Fortean Times, the latter of which I read on the Zinio app, to name two).
We have tried subscribing through the Kindle store to other magazines, but they are somewhat expensive.
Well, you can also get magazines through your KU membership:
There are genuinely top titles in here…I’ll list what’s there this month shortly.
There are still reasons to pay for a subscription: for one thing, access to back issues. I also think it will be one issue a month (rather than four, if it’s a weekly), but I’m not sure about that yet.
Okay, here’s that list:
- Sports Illustrated
- Entertainment Weekly
- Popular Mechanics
- Dr. Oz: The Good Life
- Bloomberg Businessweek
- Outdoor Life
- Bon Appetit
- Conde’ Nast Traveler
- National Geographic Traveler
- Sound & Vision
- Transworld SNOWboarding
- Baseball America
- Runner’s World
- Town & Country
- Four Wheeler
- Transworld SKATEboarding
- Martha Stewart Living
- Men’s Health
- Coastal Living
- Harper’s Bazaar
- Rachael Ray Every Day
- Golf Digest
- Consumer Reports
- Motor Trend
- Working Mother
Again, these are some of the really top-selling magazines! People is #1 in the Kindle store, Entertainment Weekly is #3.
These appear to work just like books in KU: you can have up to ten at a time (I think that’s ten as a combination of books and magazines, not ten of each). Now, these magazines don’t work on every device…I checked Sunset, and it works on our tablets and my Galaxy S7, but wouldn’t work on our Oasis or Paperwhite.
I’ll check to see if the specific issues change.
Some of you may also be thinking that you could just get a magazine with a 30 day free trial (it’s not always 30 days, I believe)…but you can’t do the same magazine repeatedly with a sample. My guess is that we’ll have the same titles.
How much money could you save with this?
Just to get the current issue of People would cost you $5.99.
So, in KU you can sight read books, listen to text-to-speech (unless blocked by the publisher), get audiobooks, and read magazines…works for me. 😉
Amazon announced the new version of the
It now comes with the voice remote (which includes Alexa…greatly improved recently) for $39.99. This will be one of their top sellers at the holiday season…but they have a special offer if you activate it by October 31st:
“Activate your All-New Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote by October 31st and receive 1 month of Sling TV, 2 Months of Hulu (Limited Commercials), and a $10 Amazon Video Credit.”
We pay for Hulu without commercials each month (which we love). Hulu has current TV (not all of it, but a lot of hot seasons), movies (usually a handful of recent well-known ones), and older TV (I’m currently rewatching My Favorite Martian, for example).
The new Alexa control includes controlling playback, searching by title or genre, and more. You don’t need the new one for that, though…my 2nd gen does it now…actually, my Fire TV does it now, haven’t tried it on the Fire TV Stick, but I think it works.
I’m debating whether or not I’m going to bring the Fire TV stick with us when we go on a quiet vacation at the beach with our dogs soon. I’m thinking not…but I can see situations where I would.
Amazon’s really refining their hardware…and still expanding our content options: nice!
Oh, and they picked up the new live action Tick as an Amazon TV series…my favorite Tick version is the animated series, but still… 😉
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help! By the way, it’s been interesting lately to see Amazon remind me to “start at AmazonSmile” if I check a link on the original Amazon site. I do buy from AmazonSmile, but I have a lot of stored links I use to check for things.