Left Cold by Amazon Prime’s Free ebook Loan

Amazon Prime now has a benefit for Kindle owners through the new Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. Kindle owners who sign up for Amazon Prime can borrow up to one book a month at no charge or due dates. 

 This lending library has thousands of books, over a hundred of which will be current and former NY Times Best Sellers. The library will offer a wide selection of fiction and non-fiction categories. Amazon’s press statement gave this list of book examples, “Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Big Short and Liars’ Poker by Michael Lewis, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen –plus award-winning books such as The Finkler Question and Guns, Germs, and Steel, memoirs such as Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, and motivational books like The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

Amazon Prime costs $79 a year to gain these benefits:

  • Free two-day shipping on millions of items with no minimum order size
  • Unlimited instant streaming movies and TV shows with Prime instant videos
  • One Kindle book to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

I certainly would not sign up for an Amazon Prime membership just to borrow one Kindle book a month if you do not use any other benefits. $6.60 a month for one free book from a very limited library not a good deal. Thousands of books may sound like a lot but the Kindle Store sells over 425 Thousand books.

However, if you regularly order stuff (other than ebooks) from Amazon the free shipping benefit would pay for the membership and if would enjoy Prime Instant movies  at a time when NetFlix has doubled it’s price, then the monthly book to borrow could be a nice little bonus.

Links to Additional Information:

Press release announcing Amazon Prime Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

Amazon Prime Membership Information.