Amazon wants Prime members to read a book

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The former stars of the worldwide TV hit "Top Gear," including the contentious Jeremy Clarkson, are hitting the gas on their new Amazon series in November. "The Grand Tour" premieres Nov. 18 on Amazon Prime Video, starring Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.

NEW YORK– Amazon is bundling another benefit into its Prime program — books.

Starting Wednesday, Prime members can pick from more than 1,000 digital books, magazines, short works and comic books at no extra cost through Prime Reading.

Subscribers can access reads from any Kindle or Fire tablet or on the Kindle apps for iOS and Android. The rotating selection includes “The Hobbit,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” “The Man In the High Castle” and magazines like Sports Illustrated, People and National Geographic Traveler.

Prime membership costs $99 per year and includes unlimited free two-day shipping on many products. Prime also gives users access to Amazon’s library of movies, TV episodes, music and audio books, along with unlimited photo storage.

Shares of the Jeff Bezos-owned company hit an all-time high last month as Amazon’s market value reached $370 billion.

That ties Amazon with Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway as the fourth most valuable company in the United States after Apple, Google’s parent Alphabet and Microsoft.

By Jill Disis