Amazon introduces Kindle Owners' Lending Library for Prime members

By on November 3, 2011, 12:00 PM

Amazon has added a new feature to their Prime membership known as the Kindle Owners Lending Library. As the name suggests, Kindle owners can digitally check out one book per month completely free of charge with no due dates.

Kindle users with an Amazon Prime membership are eligible for the program which works on any Kindle device, including the upcoming Kindle Fire. Members can choose from over 5,000 titles, including more than 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers. Lending Library titles will be designated with a small Prime logo.

To borrow a book, visit the Kindle store on your device and click on ‘See all categories’ to browse the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Once you have selected a book, tap ‘Borrow for Free’ to start downloading. As with any other Kindle book, your notes, highlights and bookmarks in borrowed books will be saved, so you’ll have them later if you purchase or re-borrow the book.

Aside from the Lending Library, Amazon Prime members enjoy multiple other perks such as free two-day shipping on millions of items with no minimum order size. You can expedite Prime-eligible orders to overnight shipping for $3.99 regardless of size or weight. Amazon also provides Prime members streaming access to thousands of movies and television shows à la Netflix or Hulu. The company offers a one month free trial of Prime. If you decide to keep Prime, you will be charged $79 annually.

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MrAnderson said:

This could very well be one of those nails in the coffin for the struggling public library system.

We need reform in areas of funding and development for these institutions. They are continuing to fall behind the shifts in technology. Currently the publishing and distributing of texts is going through a major shift with Amazon trail-blazing.

Public educational institutions are also influx on how to distribute student reading. The kind of mechanisms that Amazon is putting in place could be an answer...

tonylukac said:

I don't think there's any need to fret. I worked for a library and it's computers are as jammed as ever with people. They even check out kindles for the public. They have free movies and computer games.

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