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:
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 Travel books become outdated pretty quickly, so there isn’t as much value in owning them.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.