Amazon posts list for Prime lending library

Amazon posts list for Prime lending library

There have been some work arounds to get to the list of books that Kindle-owning Prime members can borrow from Amazon.

Now, there is an official section in the Kindle store:

Prime Eligible Kindle Edition

The number the there is 5,376. I reported 5,156…maybe they’ve added 120 since then. ;) They do list five as Coming Soon, showing they are adding titles.

It does break it down by categories, give you some authors, and so on.

There are 365 books from Vook on the list…at least some of which I’ve listed in this blog when they were free titles.

201 books are from Lonely Planet, the travel line. That’s interesting! I would guess that might lose them sales. I’ve bought travel books when I was going on a trip, when I wouldn’t have bought them otherwise. Why wouldn’t you borrow the book instead? Travel books become outdated pretty quickly, so there isn’t as much value in owning them. You could borrow the book a couple of weeks before going, the whole family could download a copy (well, six devices, anyway). I’m not sure this is going to inspire a lot of other sales for them.

On the other hand, series novels (romance, science fiction) may get a boost from this. Even if more than one book is borrowable in a series, people may get hooked and not want to wait (borrowing is one book per calendar month for standard Prime members).

If you are a Kindle Direct Publisher, would you participate in this without compensation? Just an idea to kick around…the publicity might be worth it. I don’t think Amazon is going to buy books from every KDP publisher…it would be hard to argue that an unknown author’s short story is going to get people to become Prime members, so the motivation isn’t there as much for Amazon to take on the costs.

Feel free to tell me what you think…

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.

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6 Responses to “Amazon posts list for Prime lending library”

  1. Riva Laughlin Says:

    About the travel books. I know many people who borrow travel books from the library before a trip – meaning no sale to the publisher. Maybe Lonely Planet thinks what they are getting from Amazon is better than not selling a title at all.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Riva!

      That’s a reasonable point…although the libraries buy those books, so it’s not that different from Amazon paying them for the books and loaning them.

  2. tuxgirl Says:

    I keep seeing in the forums that some people are buying a prime membership *just* for the kindle lending. I find that rather funny. The average amount that you would be spending per book with the prime account (if it’s not used for anything else) is $6.66. However, it looks like most books in the lending library cost less than that!

    Anyway…

    Hey, Bufo… where are you finding this link? I know how to get a list myself by pulling some strings, but I’ve been trying today to find the link that Amazon posted, and I’m really just not seeing it anywhere… Am I blind?

    I went to kindlebooks.com and searched on that page for “Prime”, and I’m not seeing it there… ???

  3. Tom Semple Says:

    If you sort that list by ‘Price-Low to High’ you’ll find that the first 400 or so are all under $2, including some that are completely free purchases (even without Prime membership). There’s a discrepancy of about 200 books, and it seems at least the free books aren’t shown on the Kindle’s Kindle Store listing of PLL.

    • bufocalvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Tom!

      It’s reasonable that books in the Prime Lending Library may also be free.

      Presumably, Amazon makes a deal for the lending with the publisher that lasts some time…let’s say, six months. During that time, the publisher may also offer it for free for a shorter period.

      It is interesting, though, that the Kindle itself would filter that out and the website wouldn’t.

  4. ice watch Says:

    ice watch…

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