new feature for Kindle owners – lending library

Today Amazon announced a new feature for Kindle users–but ONLY Kindle users with an Amazon Prime membership (and, I’m assuming, living in the US): the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Kindle owners (with Amazon Prime membership) 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.

That sounds pretty sweet to me. EXCEPT that you have to have an Amazon Prime membership which is $79/year, which many of us don’t have. And it’s likely limited to US only, though I don’t know that for sure. But I’m still waiting for Amazon to open up library ebook usage to Canada and the UK.

What do you think? Does it appeal to you?

About Cheryl Rainfield

I write the books I needed and couldn't find as a teen. I write teen fiction--paranormal fantasy and gritty realistic fiction. I'm the author of SCARS (WestSide Books, 2010) #1 ALA QuickPicks, and Governor General Literary Award Finalist, HUNTED (WestSide Books, Oct 2011), STAINED (Harcourt, 2013), The Last Dragon (HIP Books, Sept 2009), and Walking Both Sides (HIP Books, 2011). I also enjoy drawing, surfing the web, connecting with people I like, doing crafts, and being with my dog.
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2 Responses to new feature for Kindle owners – lending library

  1. How does this benefit the author? Amazon is getting a fee for providing top quality novels to ‘Borrow’ for 30 days. Who is going to buy a ebook when you can get it for free for 30 days?

  2. I buy hard copy books of books I’ve loved as ebooks. I’m probably not alone in that. And if I really love an ebook, I’d want to own it, not just borrow it…. Those are my thoughts. But we each have our own perspective.

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