Kindle Starts Lending Library


The Kindle eBook lending service is real and is now live. It will  add a new variable as libraries rethink their roles, collection building, eBook services for libraries, and many other issues.

Here’s some fast facts and a number of restrictions and limitations as of today. Of course, if this initial launch is successful, this will very likely change.

Fast Facts (As of Today):

  • The Kindle Lending Library is ONLY Available to Those Who Own a Kindle Device AND Subscribe to the Amazon Prime Service
  • The Service is Only Available for U.S. Customers
  • None of the Six Largest U.S. Publishers are Participating
  • Books Can Be Read on Multiple Kindle Devices, as Long as They’re Registered to the Same Eligible Account
  • Books CANNOT Be Read on Kindle Reading Apps (Android, iOS, PC, Mac, etc.)
  • 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 a 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
  • Bookmarks, Notes, and Highlights are All Available on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Titles, and Will be Saved to your Amazon.com Account  If You Borrow Again or Purchase the Book in the Future, Your Notes and Highlights Will be Available for You
  • A Few of Titles Available at Launch
  • 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, The Big Short and Liars’ Poker by Michael Lewis
  • The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
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3 thoughts on “Kindle Starts Lending Library

  1. You have some genuinely beneficial information composed here. Good job and keep posting good stuff.

  2. Is the Lending Library different than the Public Library? When I download a book, it has a due date (the week, two weeks, or 3 weeks I selected).

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