News

Amazon hikes Prime membership fee

Amazon hikes Prime membership fee

PRIMED FOR PRICE INCREASE: It's the first price increase since the online retailer introduced its Prime membership program in 2005. The company said it would probably raise the price in January. Photo: Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is raising the price of its popular Prime membership to $99 per year, an increase of $20.

It’s the first price increase since the online retailer introduced its Prime membership program in 2005. The company said it would probably raise the price in January.

The hike will apply to users when they renew their membership.

Amazon has spent heavily to grow its business and expand into new areas, from movie streaming to e-readers and groceries. Prime membership also includes two-day free shipping on many products.

In an e-mail Thursday to members, the Seattle company stressed that it has not raised the price on Prime in the 9 years since its launch, even though shipping costs have increased and it has added new services, such as video streaming.

Recent Headlines

in Music

Turn it down: Study says millions at risk for hearing loss

earphones

A new study shows almost half of all 12 to 35-year-olds listen to unsafe levels of music on their personal audio devices or cellphones.

in Sports

This week’s top sports shots

AP10683327094_7

A look at some of the biggest plays and best shots in sports this week.

in Sports

This weekend’s sports schedule

ukbball

A look at this weekend's sports schedule.

in Entertainment, Viral Videos

What color is this dress?

19-overlay6

The "great dress debate" has been dividing the Internet. Are you team #WhiteandGold or team #BlueandBlack?

in Music

George Harrison tree tribute replaced to mark 72nd birthday

harrisontree

A new tree tribute to the late George Harrison has been planted in a Los Angeles park after a beetle infestation killed off the last pine.