Free Lending Library for Kindle users

3 November 2011

kindle-familyKindle users are now going to be able to borrow books from a new digital lending library thanks to the people at Amazon.

This new service will allow those of you who own Kindle and Kindle Fire access over 5,000 titles, which some customers will be able to borrow for free. If you've signed up for the Amazon's Prime service ($79 per year), will can read the titles on offer at no extra cost at the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

You'll only be able to take one book at a time, limited to one per month, so don't start getting carried away.

Of course, Kindle apps are big business as apps on smartphones and tablet devices like the iPad, but this new service is clearly an initiative to get people buying Kindle devices. Amazon chief executive officer Jeff Bezos said in a statement that the lending service means that 'owning a Kindle just got even better'.

"Prime members now have exclusive access to a huge library of books to read on any Kindle device at no additional cost and with no due dates."

There is no news relating to a UK rollout of this feature as yet, but it is fair to assume that, should the US trial be a success, it'll soon be hitting our shores, provided the UK publishers permit sign on.

TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets


  • Phil
    Dear Amazon, Wake me up when you bring the following to the UK. Otherwise leave us alone: 1) Android Market 2)Kindle fire 3)Cloud music player (full support with amazon purchases) 4) Touch screen kindle 5) Ad-subsidized kindle Thanks. The people outside the USofA
  • Dick
    > If you’ve signed up for the Amazon’s Prime service ($79 per year), will can read the titles on offer at no extra cost at the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Who is this guy Will that can read the books? And isn't free a bit of a misnomer? It is like saying watching Sky is free after you have paid for the service. 12 books per year from a limit range for $79. So about $6.50 per book.
  • Dot C.
    Ok so I realise that BW's domain ends in .com, but come on guys you are a UK consumer site! I got all moist reading the first few lines you copied and pasted, and only when I saw the "$79" did I start to twig it was US only! Then I read the rest of the article and twigged it wasn't as AMAZE as I thought it was. Still, 12 free books a year for a service I already pay for is a nice add-on. And I haven't had my first cuppa either. Hence being a grumpy old man right now...
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