Updated! So, how does a free week of HBO or Showtime strike you? Or how about a couple of free audiobooks, or a month of free unlimited streaming music? If the idea of gratis “Game of Thrones” episodes or a month of unlimited Kindle reading strikes your fancy, there are a number of free Amazon trials—ranging from 7 to 30 days—that are worth a look.

Of course, there are a few modest strings attached to Amazon’s free trials. For starters, you’ll need an Amazon account, and you’ll have to enter a credit card number. It’s also up to you to cancel any free trials you sign up for before they expire, unless you decide to become a paying member.

Last but not least, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member to sign up for Amazon’s free trials. But guess what: you can always just sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Prime trial, and yes, that’ll count.


HBO Westworld free 30-day trial

You can catch up on “Westworld” once you sign up for a free 30-day HBO trial through Amazon.

Length of free trial: 7 days

The home of such binge-worthy shows as “Game of Thrones,” “Westworld,” “Veep,” “Silicon Valley,” and “True Detective” can be yours for 7 days of free streaming—and don’t forget, that includes access to older HBO shows like “The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City” and “Deadwood.”

Sign up for a free 7-day HBO trial

Amazon Prime Video

Length of free trial: 30 days

Some of the best shows around are coming from Amazon Prime, including “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (seen it, loved it), along with “The Man in the High Castle,” “Transparent,” “Fleabag,” and “Good Girls Revolt.” The 30-day free trial also gives you the run of Prime’s massive streaming movie collection.

Sign up for Amazon’s 30-day Prime trial


Showtime Homeland free 7-day trial Amazon

Among the shows you can binge-watch during your Showtime 7-day free trial: “Showtime,” “The Affair,” and “Weeds.”

Length of free trial: 7 days

“Homeland,” “The Affair,” “Weeds,” “Shameless,” “Billions,” “Ray Donovan,” and other popular Showtime shows are up for grabs via Amazon’s free trial—just 7 days rather than a month, but hey, it’s a free week, right? As with HBO, you’ll need to be a Prime member—either paying or on a trial basis—to sign up for a free Showtime trial.

Sign up for a free 7-day Showtime trial


Length of free trial: 7 days

It may not be as well known as HBO or Showtime, but Starz is an up-and-comer when it comes to only-on-cable TV shows. Among them: “Outlander,” “American Gods,” “Black Sails,” “Flesh and Bone,” “The Girlfriend Experience,” and “Spartacus.”

Sign up for a free 7-day Starz trial


Length of free trial: 30 days

Whether you’re stuck in traffic or cruising at 35,000 feet, there’s nothing like a gripping audiobook to make the time fly. Before you head out for another commute or board your next long-haul flight, load up your iPhone or Android device with a couple of free audiobooks courtesy of Audible, which is offering two downloads if you sign up for a 30-day trial.

Sign up for a free 30-day Audible trial

Kindle Unlimited

Length of free trial: 30 days

Think of Kindle Unlimited as Netflix for bookworms. Choose from more than a million Kindle books, download as many as you want, and read them on any Kindle-friendly device, from a dedicated Kindle reader to an iPhone or Android phone. Even better, many Kindle Unlimited titles come with free Audible audiobook versions, too.

Sign up for a free 30-day Kindle Unlimited trial

Amazon Music Unlimited

Amazon Music Unlimited 30-day free trial

A 30-day trial for Amazon Music Unlimited gives you all-you-can-stream access to millions of tunes.

Length of free trial: 30 days

Amazon’s streaming music service offers millions of songs and thousands of streaming radio stations—and yes, you can crank as many Music Unlimited tunes as you want, all day and every day. Regular Prime Music memberships go for $10 a month ($8 for Prime members), but you can listen for free once you sign up for a 30-day trial.

Sign up for a free 30-day Amazon Music Unlimited trial

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