Skip to main content

more details on Amazon Student Prime

This post is about joining Amazon Student. To clarify, I am NOT advocating that you do this, but I’m making this post just in case anyone would be interested in joining. If you do want to join Amazon Student, please use this link (full disclosure, this link is my personal link, but we could use whatever Amazon sends me for something for the class- like snacks or something else…).

Amazon Student is a free membership program created especially for college students. Basically, Amazon Student is the less expensive version of Amazon Prime. If you’re signing up for Amazon Student for the first time, you’ll receive a kind of trial in which you get six months of limited Amazon Student benefits. For example, you’ll receive FREE Two-Day Shipping on eligible purchases for the first six months, but during this trial period, you will not be eligible for other Amazon Student benefits such as streaming Amazon instant video or borrowing books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending library.

After the first 6 months, if you want to continue to receive free 2-day shipping, you’ll have to transition to a paid Amazon Student Prime account that costs $39/yr. Transitioning to a paid account includes these benefits:
  • free 2-day shipping
  • stream instant videos from Amazon
  • borrow 1 book a month from Kindle Owner’s Lending Library
Please note that you do NOT have to transition to a paid plan if you don’t want the benefits that full Amazon Student memberships offer. By default, your account will automatically turn into paid account after 6 months; you must opt out to NOT be automatically upgraded. Manage your Amazon Student membership by doing the following:
  • Log in to your Amazon account
  • Under Settings, choose Manage Student Membership
  • Select the “Do Not Renew” option
If you would like to access the instant videos and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library before the end of the free period, you may upgrade at any time to the $39 membership by visiting or
You may also cancel your Amazon Student membership at any time:
  • Log in to your Amazon account
  • Under Settings, choose Manage Student Membership
  • Select the “Cancel Student Membership” option
Finally, also notice that one of the ways Student Prime differs from the usual Amazon Prime membership is that a Student Prime membership does not allow you share your account benefits with anyone else. Before making the decision to join, please read more about the program here.


Popular posts from this blog

The Chinese Exclusion Act film

A new documentary from Ric Burns and Li-Shin Yu will broadcast on PBS in March 2017. See this site for more details:

add a public Google calendar to your Android device

Subscribing to a Google calendar on Android is actually a two-step process. You must first subscribe to the calendar using the web version of Google Calendar and then add it to your Android device.

Migration Flipboard

As part of an ongoing way to get new and up-to-date readings to students, I've been playing with different tools. This blog was one way, but I have a sneaking suspicion that students don't really read the substantive posts available here...I've also considered creating a shared "class bibliography" project using Cite-u-Like or Zotero. The idea is that there must be a way to quickly and easily share articles recent articles that we may read regularly, but that students don't see. In this way it's akin to enlarging their circle of resources. Of course, we could just add students to our social networks such as Facebook or Twitter, but I'm not one of those instructors who is comfortable sharing my Facebook information with my students and sometimes I take long breaks from Twitter. So at present, I'm playing with Flipboard. I create my own "magazine" around a particular class I'm teaching- Stats or Migration- and put articles that I think…