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Audible book lovers rejoice -- Amazon Prime is adding a new premium benefit.

Amazon.com just added a new perk to its Prime program.

Prime subscribers in the U.S. will now enjoy unlimited free access to a new short-form digital audio service from Audible Inc. called Audible Channels. Subscribers also will get a rotating selection of more than 50 audiobooks from Audible’s catalog.

Audible describes itself as “the world’s largest provider of expertly performed audiobooks.” Amazon owns the company.

Audible says its Audible Channels service allows subscribers to “listen to original audio series from an award-winning team whose mission is to take listeners to new places.” Audible Channels also offers “playlists handcrafted for every interest.” According to Amazon:

Audible Channels features a consistently refreshed, thoughtfully organized selection of original programs, distinctive comedy, lectures, and audio editions of standout articles and news from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Foreign Affairs, Charlie Rose, McSweeney’s, The Onion, and other leading periodicals.

Audible Channels is normally available with the purchase of a monthly subscription, but is now free to Amazon Prime members. They can access Audible Channels for Prime by downloading the Audible app for Apple iOS, Android and Windows 10 devices.

In addition to Audible Channels, Prime members will now be able to stream a rotating selection of Audible’s audiobooks, which include:

  • Top-rated audiobooks across a range of genres.
  • Celebrity-narrated classics.
  • Shared listening experiences for the family.

Prime is Amazon’s subscription service. Other subscriber benefits include:

  • Free two-day shipping with no required purchase minimum
  • Free video streaming, including movies and TV series
  • Free unlimited music streaming
  • Free unlimited photo storage
  • Free access to more than 800,000 e-books
  • Up to 50 percent off Android phones

Prime costs $99 per year or $10.99 per month, and a free 30-day trial is available. To sign up for a free trial or learn more, visit Amazon’s Prime page.

Do you subscribe to Amazon Prime? Let us know what you make of the newest perk, or which perks make Prime worthwhile for you — share your thoughts below or on our Facebook page.

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