Amazon has introduced Kindle First, a program where customers can access Kindle books a month before their release date.
Amazon Publishing editors will select several titles to be part of the program every month. Customers can choose to read one for $1.99 – however, Prime members would be able to get the book free.
All Kindle First books become part of your permanent Kindle library.
The first Kindle books part of the program include Things We Set on Fire, by best-selling author Deborah Reed; No Place for a Dame, by best-selling romance author Connie Brockway; Silent Echo, by best-selling mystery author J.R. Rain; and We Will Survive: True Stories of Encouragement, Inspiration, and the Power of Song, by Grammy-award winning recording artist Gloria Gaynor.
All books will be published in December but are available to Kindle First members starting today. You can visit www.amazon.com/kindlefirst for more information.
Penguin debuted a similar program several months ago ‘First to Read,’ where readers can request a selected book early. If they are chosen to get that book, they can read it for free before it is released to the public. Readers also get points that can be used toward guaranteeing an early copy of a specific book.
Another similar program includes NetGalley that supports a number of publishers, including indies.
We reached out to Amazon to get clarification on a few points.