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Kindle owners with an Amazon Prime membership can borrow up to one book per month with no due dates or extra fees

Amazon announced a new service today that will put a library into the hands of Kindle owners who have an Amazon Prime membership.

Amazon is introducing the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, which allows Kindle users to borrow books for free -- as long as they have an Amazon Prime membership. Kindle owners can borrow up to one book per month, and have no due dates or fees for borrowing the book.

"Owning a Kindle just got even better," said Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. "Today, we're introducing a new Prime benefit built for Kindle: The Kindle Owners' Lending Library. 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."

The lending library offers Prime members can choose from "thousands" of fiction and nonfiction books which can be returned and chosen right from a user's Kindle device.

Amazon Vice President of Kindle Content Russ Grandinetti added that Kindle users, publishers and authors could all benefit from the new lending library. Some titles in the Kindle Owners' Lending Library are included in the library at a fixed fee, while in other cases, Amazon is purchasing the title each time it is borrowed.

"The Kindle Owners' Lending Library is a great new benefit for Kindle owners and an entirely new growth opportunity for authors and publishers," said Grandinetti. "With the growth in Prime membership and the recent addition of Prime Instant Video, we've been able to broaden our relationships with movie and TV studios such as CBS, Fox and NBC Universal and significantly increase their revenue. We're excited to expand the investment to books -- with this launch, we expect three immediate results: Kindle owners will read even more, publisher revenues will grow, and authors will see larger royalty checks."

Amazon is looking to beef up its revenues as well, since Amazon Prime is a $79 annual membership. It offers users free two-day shipping, access to almost 13,000 movies and TV shows through its streaming service and now thousands of free books to borrow. New services are also likely aimed to boost sales of its latest Kindle release, the 7-inch $199 Kindle Fire.

Sources: Reuters, Amazon



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Would love a Fire but one question
By jimbojimbo on 11/3/2011 3:18:38 PM , Rating: 2
I've been a prime member forever now and kind of feel like I've been getting ripped off since all these new features are added in now for nothing more! Oh well.

I'd love to get the Fire but the part about it not being able to connect via wifi to adhoc networks bothers me. If I'm remote I'd like to have the option of tethering it to my phone and if it won't work I probably won't want it and maybe get one of the other Kindle models.




By jRaskell on 11/3/2011 5:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
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I've been a prime member forever now and kind of feel like I've been getting ripped off since all these new features are added in now for nothing more! Oh well.


I'm confused. Would you rather they continuously increased the cost of Prime with each new feature, or not add new features at all? Personally, I like services that are constantly increasing their value.


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