Kindle First Brings Digital Books To E-Readers Before Release Date

Who could've seen this coming? The online e-tailer that made waves by selling nearly every book in the universe is keeping the art of reading at the forefront of its sales... but in a very different way. As digital bookworms have emerged and Amazon's Kindle line of tablets and e-readers have exploded, Amazon has issued "Kindle First." The exclusive program is one that promises Kindle users the ability to snag new books well before their official release date.

Here's how it works: 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. From there, users can choose one of the featured books each month for $1.99. Prime members can make their selection for free – adding yet another benefit of Prime membership. Best of all? All Kindle First books become part of your permanent Kindle library and can be read on any Kindle device and Kindle free reading apps.

The debut Kindle First picks are 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.

It all sounds quite lovely, really, but we're in need of one favor: anyone have a few extra hours to spare so we can actually sink back and enjoy a book?