Amazon Launches Credit Card Reader for Small Businesses

It has been a busy few months for Amazon. The internet giant has recently launched its own smartphone, music streaming service, digital book service and now it has announced its own card reader to take on PayPal and Square. Amazon Local Register allows small businesses to accept credit card payments with their iPhone or iPad, some Android devices and Kindle Fire tablets. The service will only cost users 2.5 percent per transaction, which is currently cheaper than PayPal and Square. Amazon is also offering an introductory rate of 1.75 percent to entice new businesses to switch to their service.

The card reader will be supported by a free companion app that will offer Amazon customer support and business tracking tools. Local Register users will also be able to purchase compatible accessories such as cash drawers, receipt printers, smartphone cases and stands. The physical card reader is now available on Amazon.com for $10 with free two-day shipping or at at Staples retail locations nationwide. It only compatible with devices running iOS 7.0 or later.

While Amazon's Fire Phone has failed to impress the tech world, its new music streaming and monthly book subscription services are worthy offerings. Amazon Prime Music gives Prime customers unlimited ad-free music on top of free shipping and access to Amazon's movie streaming service. Kindle Unlimited allows users to access 600,000 digital titles and thousands of audio books for only $9.99 a month.

You can learn more about all of Amazon's new services and Local Register Amazon.com.

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