Kindle First Offers Early Access to Brand-New Books

By Gerald Lynch on at

Amazon's eBook content push is in full swing at the moment. Having just launched the Kindle Unlimited subscription service, it's now following that up with Kindle First, aimed at coaxing in readers looking for early access to brand new titles.

A monthly service, Amazon's publishing editors will pick a selection of titles for Kindle readers to choose from, with one a month available to read a month ahead of its publication date. These Kindle First titles will also come with behind-the-scenes notes from the authors as an extra incentive to pick them up early. While Prime members will get access to one of these books a month for free, other Kindle users will have the option to choose one out of the selection for a 99p fee. Either way, Kindle First books will become a permanent addition to a reader's Kindle library -- you don't lose the licence to read them once the next month's round of titles roll in.

The first titles to hit Kindle First will be From the Cradle, a thriller by authors Mark Edwards and Louise Voss, The Glassblower by author Petra Durst-Benning, The Fallow Season of Hugo Hunter by Craig Lancaster and My Sister's Grave by Robert Dugoni. All can be picked up as of today. [Amazon]