New! Prime members who are Kindle owners can borrow books from Amazon
Busy day… :)
Thanks to Joanne Harris in the Amazon Kindle community for the heads-up on this!
If you are both a Prime member and a Kindle owner, you can now borrow up to one book a month from a specific list of thousands from Amazon…for free!
We are Prime…you will be absorbed
How can you resist now?
If Prime is $79 a year, you could make that up pretty easily, if you could find 12 books you like. I think you might be able to do that.
I’m not a Prime member right now (I will be when I get my Kindle Fire in about two weeks, and we think we’ll maintain it after that.
If you are, take a look at
and see if you have a link to borrow it. I’d appreciate you letting me know.
There is verbiage on that page now for me:
“For Kindle Device Owners
Borrow this book for free, with no due dates, if you are a Kindle owner and Prime member. If you don’t own a Kindle, get yours today. If you’re not a Prime member, start your one month free trial today. You can borrow this book from your Kindle device.
With Prime, Kindle owners can choose from thousands of books to borrow for free — including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers — as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Learn more about Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.”
That has some important additional information:
- You can borrow a book for as long as you want..but only one at a time and no more than one per calendar month
- You can read the book on multiple devices on the account, but not currently on Kindle reader apps. So, you could borrow a book, and if it takes three months for everybody on the account to read it, that’s fine…but you can’t borrow another one until it is returned
- Your annotations are stored in a manner similar to public library books…even after the loan ends, your notes would still be available to you if you bought the book later
It isn’t clear to me if you’ll be able to borrow the books from your computer, or only from your Kindle. You will also be able to manage your Prime membership at
It’ll be under Subscription Settings, but I’m not seeing it yet. It may only be there for me after my Prime membership starts.
This is a very innovative idea, although it was rumored before.
I don’t see a consolidated list yet…hope that’s coming.
What do you think? Feel free to let me know.
Update: here is the
It has some additional information about how the deal was made with publishers.
I’ve resisted The Hunger Games a few times when it is has been on sale or part of Special Offers…that may be my first borrow…
Update: okay, I’m seeing the link now, only on my Kindle.
Home-Menu-Shop in Kindle Store, Books, See all…, Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
That’s on a Kindle Keyboard 3G, Free 3G + Wi-Fi (formerly commonly called a K3). The category counts:
- All titles: 5,156
- Fiction: 1,346
- Nonfiction: 3,865
- Advice & How-to: 734
- Business & Investing: 480
- Politics & Current Events: 90
- Literary Fiction: 78
- Biographies & Memoirs: 223
- Religion & Spirituality: 456
- Science Fiction: 68
- Fantasy: 30
- Mystery & Thrillers: 149
- Romance: 330
- Science: 189
- History: 271
- Children’s eBooks: 294
- Reference: 481
- Travel: 247
- Sports: 239
- Humor: 171
- Computers 7 Internet: 27
- Arts & Entertainment: 323
- Lifestyle & home: 997
- Parents & Families: 259
Update! Thanks to Betty J. Reed in the Amazon Kindle community for figuring this out! If you change the search box to the Kindle store and search for
you get this result:
That seems to be them. :)
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.