Amazon.com, Inc. announced the launch of Kindle First, a new program that offers customers access to Kindle books a month in advance of their official release date. Each month, Amazon Publishing editors select several titles from Kindle's most popular categories a month ahead of their official publication date, adding a note of recommendation, and a behind-the-scenes look at the stories and the authors.
Customers can choose one of the featured books each month for $1.99. Prime members can make their selection for free. Kindle users can also receive a monthly email alerting them to new Kindle First selections.
The debut Kindle First picks are Things We Set on Fire, by Deborah Reed; No Place for a Dame, by Connie Brockway; Silent Echo, by 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 immediately.
In other Amazon news, the company announced that its original series, Alpha House and Betas, are premiering in November. Four senators-turned-unlikely-roommates of Alpha House and the endearing, young tech industry entrepreneurs of Betas come back to Amazon in 11-episode series. Alpha House debuts November 15and Betas will follow on November 22.
The first three episodes of each show will be available to all Amazon customers for free via Amazon Instant Video on Kindle Fire, iPad, iPhone, Roku, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U, and other connected devices, and online at amazon.com/AIV. After that, one episode of each show will become available weekly, exclusively on Prime Instant Video.