If you have been paying attention you knew it was coming. The Kindle Lending Library from Amazon. If you own a Kindle, yes you have to have a device not an app, and a Prime Membership you can now borrow books from Amazon.
- Kindles start at $79
- Prime Membership is $79 a year.
- You can only borrow one book per calendar month.
- Right now there are about 5,000 titles.
- The book currently being borrowed can be read on multiple Kindles.
- devices, as long as they are registered to the same eligible account, but cannot be read on Kindle reading apps.
- One book can be borrowed at a time, and there are no due dates. You can borrow a new book as frequently as once a month, directly on your registered Kindle device, and you will be prompted to return the book that you are currently borrowing.
- If you have already borrowed a book in that calendar month, you are not yet eligible to borrow a new book until the next calendar month. There is no “roll-over” or accrual of unused borrowing eligibility.
My 2 cents: Honestly I see this hurting publishers and authors far more than libraries. Sure for $80 a year getting to borrow a book a months is a good deal, especially bestsellers. But as someone who has worked in libraries and bookstore almost my entire life I know that a significant demographic library borrows buy books too. Those are the people I use using this service, the ones who already bought the bestsellers because they didn’t want to wait for it. Of course now they can’t donate that used copy to the library. But they’ll still visit the library for other reading material and programs.
What do you think?
PS I’ve been checking the price points of books that are available and so far none of them is over $7.99 and nothing from my wishlist is available.