Thursday, January 23, 2014

Get More From Your Kindle - Take Advantage of Lending Options

What Are Your Options?

So you’ve done the free thing and now your Kindle is loaded with tons of books you may not even want. How about getting books that interest you and still save you money? It just takes a little more time but in the end you'll have yourself some great books to read. Amazon offers three different ways you can actually borrow a book for your Kindle.

 Someone with a Kindle can lend you a book that they’ve purchased or you can lend one that you’ve bought. Say you just finished reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and want a friend to read it. You can initiate a loan from “Manage Your Kindle” or the book's product detail page on From Manage Your Kindle just click on the title and if the publisher of this title allows lending it will give you the option to select “loan this title.” You'll enter the borrower's name and e-mail address and an optional notification message. Or, simply click “loan this book” on the Amazon product page. *Note: Not all books off this option. Now, how do you know if a book you haven’t bought can be lent to you? Check under product details for “Lending: Enabled.” Then you just need to find a willing lender. You have two weeks to read the book.

Public library books for Kindle are available at libraries in the United States that offer digital services from OverDrive. Check with your local library to see if they offer the service. Most libraries will let you check out a book for 7 or 14 days. Like regular libraries you may have to wait for a book to come back as only one copy of a book can be out at a time. Jan Brown, an avid reader and Kindle owner finds the system easy to use. She said, “I always check the books that are in the returned area of my library, that's one way I find some new reads that I can't seem to find on a search. I also click on an author's name after going to check one book's synopsis and it brings up all the other books by that author, another good way to find books.”

Kindle Owners' Lending Library for Amazon Prime Members allows eligible U. S. Amazon Prime members who own Kindle devices to choose from thousands of books to borrow for free. You may have noticed recently when browsing for books on Amazon that under the option to purchase the title there is another option “Read for free” for Prime Members.  You can also see eligible books directly from your Kindle by selecting Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. Paid members may borrow one book per month and there are no due dates.

To get you started, here are a few suggested titles that are available to borrow for free if you have an Amazon Prime Membership. (*status of book as prime eligible subject to change without notice)

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