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How do I borrow books for free, on my Kindle Touch, with my Prime account?

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Initial post: Dec 26, 2011 11:13:31 AM PST
Elliot Ensor says:
I just got a Kindle Touch and set it up with my Amazon Prime account. It says I can borrow books for free if you are a Prime member but when I try to select a book to borrow it only shows the borrow for free "learn more" option. Is it not recognizing my Prime account?

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 11:14:57 AM PST
FranB says:

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:15:10 AM PST
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It does seem that way.
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:16:51 AM PST
 Ann says:
Are you trying to borrow from your Kindle itself, or are you looking on the website? You have to go to the Kindle store on your Kindle. Find the book you want to borrow, and there should be a 'Borrow for free' button.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:17:13 AM PST
Elliot, you have to enter the book title you want to borrow on your Kindle Touch. You cannot do it from the website. You can only get one book from the Amazon Lending Library per calendar month.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:18:59 AM PST
T. Clark says:
I just added the Amazon Prime account, mostly for the benefit of borrowing kindle books. I have yet to figure out how to search for Kindle books that can be borrowed. I will probably have to call them. I have searched the site for a user-friendly way to do this several times for 30 minutes+ at a time.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:22:52 AM PST
 Ann says:
@T.Scronce - I browse/search for books on the website, then add them to a 'Lending Library' wishlist. Then on my Kindle, I can just access the wishlist and pick a book when I'm ready to borrow something.

To browse the KOLL on the website:

1. Go to the search bar at the top of this page, select 'Kindle Store' from the drop-down, enter 'prime eligible' in the text box, and press 'Go'.
2. When the results come up, select 'Kindle eBooks' from the filters on the left side of the page. You can further filter by genre, rating, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:26:29 AM PST
The lending library books will have Prime in blue letters.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:36:53 AM PST
Related subject: How do I return a borrowed book so I can get another one? Don't see that option, so far, on my Kindle. Even when connected by WiFi.
Tried deleting the borrowed book but that does not work. Just archives it but still cannot borrow another one. Thanks in advance for any help or tips on this.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:38:19 AM PST
 Ann says:
You can return the book from your "Manage Your Kindle" page ( ).

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 11:44:22 AM PST
Thanks for the speedy reply Ann. Still learning which operations can be done online and which ones need be done with the Kindle via the wifi connection.
Tried what you suggested and it appears to work great that way.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 12:03:40 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
When you go to borrow the next book (next month, remember only one per month) it will ask you if you want to return the current book you have borrowed.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 26, 2011 12:10:57 PM PST
Go to manage my Kindle. Look in the archives and you will see Prime on the borrowed book. Use the drop down to return the book.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 2:46:17 PM PST
Elliot Ensor says:
I was using my Kindle to try to borrow books, not the website, but I figured it out. With Amazon Prime you can have up to four people benifiting from one account, however, only the primary account holder can borrow books for free on their Kindle. My wife has te account so she can borrow one book a month, free, with no return date. Thanks everybody!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 27, 2011 6:30:40 PM PST
texaslady says:
Elliot, I'm having the same issue. I'm just not getting the free button. Account in my name, two kindles..I see "prime members rent for free" free button.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 2:42:56 PM PST
Amazon, in all their great wisdom, decided that students who qualify for the free Amazon Prime do not qualify for the free borrowing of books... *facepalm* One would think these are the exact people you want to provide easier access to more books... So, if it isn't showing you the borrow option or is showing you the "Borrow for Free - Learn More" option, check to see if you have the "student version" of Amazon Prime...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 2:44:17 PM PST
Are you using a Kindle or the computer to borrow? It has to be done from a Kindle device, not the computer.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 2:48:17 PM PST
Why would Amazon want to provide more free stuff to people who already aren't paying for the benefits they receive?

Amazon has to pay the publisher for each and every book borrowed by each and every user. Extending the borrowing benefits to people who aren't paying one red cent for Prime makes no sense.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 2:52:21 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 28, 2011 2:53:19 PM PST
Remember that while Prime members are getting to read a book for free, Amazon still has to pay the publisher and treat it as a sale. It makes sense that this little freebie is offered to people who actually pay for Prime and generate revenue on other orders (I'm assuming Amazon has some pretty good stats on how much revenue is generated from full Prime members vs those that get it free or at a lower rate) so they can absorb the loss over here by making up for it over there. Amazon is still a business so it's not really in their best interest to just offer free stuff to everyone.

ETA - Shoot Cassie Anne beat me to this point!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 2:56:04 PM PST
KessaJo says:
You paid $79 for the Library Lending? You do know that it's just to borrow 1 book a month? And that you can already borrow eBooks from your local public Library? And that doesn't cost you anything.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 28, 2011 3:39:45 PM PST
But you were much nicer than I was!

Posted on Jan 16, 2012 3:40:37 AM PST
i have one of the first kindles that came out. do i have to have a kindle touch to be able to borrow books?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 16, 2012 5:42:52 AM PST
No, any Kindle can make use of the KOLL, as long as you are a paid Prime account holder.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2012 8:49:54 PM PDT
How do I borrow from my local Library?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 7, 2012 8:56:03 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 7, 2012 8:57:02 PM PDT
KessaJo says:
Try this...

ETA: I hope it's the right link. =)
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