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In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:24:20 AM PST
saraf says:
It does, and *I* get that, but new people often don't. That's all I'm saying. That new people can easily buy books thinking they're free.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:25:17 AM PST
Or the new people could actually read what they're clicking before they click it. And they can read the details of Prime, which Amazon gives at the bottom of every single page.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:25:43 AM PST
No, sweetie. You weren't. Please call Kindle Customer Service and ask them for a explanation. Clearly we're not getting the information through to you in an appropriate fashion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:27:51 AM PST
Again, I'll admit that when my Fire was first delivered and I started it up, my free month trial of Prime began instantly. The next time I came online (ybik), and saw the "$0.00 for Prime", for a moment, I DID think, "HEY! That's won...oh, wait."

It says READ for free. Not GET for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:27:53 AM PST
If you look a book it says "Prime member, 0.00, there is a check, then it says read for free." it does not say buy for free. The check and read for free is indicating it's a part of the KOLL.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:31:38 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
People need to remember there's no such thing as a free lunch. When I see "free" I look for "what's the catch".

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:34:43 AM PST
Pat, and the catch with the free books being offered now (I mean really free, like ereaderiq) is weeding out the junk from some real gems. It's time consuming. but I love it!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:36:07 AM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
Now I'm hungry.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:39:28 AM PST
❤ Ann says:
And below the prices, there is a box with the Prime logo that says "Borrow this book for free, with no due dates, if you are a Kindle owner and Prime member." There is a link right there to the help pages and borrowing instructions.

I can't quite imagine blindly clicking on a "Buy for $$" without bothering to find out more, and then just assuming it would magically be free... I have the Special Offers Kindle Touch, and the first time I got one of the $1. book deals I read the offer several times before clicking 'Buy', to be sure I understood how it all worked and that I would really be charged $1 instead of the regular price.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:40:34 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
Just remember lunch will cost you - bring cash.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:41:58 AM PST
I tend to scan the description VERY quickly, and if I'm unsure at all, I go ahead and snag it. If it stinks I can delete it later, but in the face of this tidal (title?) wave of offerings, I don't have time to screen as closely as I might like to.

I do know the ones that are marked "spine-chilling horror" and "self-help" or "relationships", I'm going to skip. But also my daughter's on my Account, so even if a description makes me say, "Meh," she might like it.

Unfortunately for my obese Kindle, I tend to err on the side of takin' 'em rather than leavin' 'em. :0)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:45:13 AM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
It is left over salad. It was not free.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:46:00 AM PST
Sure leftover salad is free. Free from happiness.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:46:46 AM PST
☼Becky☼ says:
Well, it its defense, it does have asparagus in it. I love asparagus.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:47:01 AM PST
Folina,

Thank goodness for cloud! My poor overstuffed kindle can barely waddle from the charger to the couch, or is that me? Hah! But I'm with you, when it first started I was picky McPickerson, then people started saying how they liked that book or this one, and it was no longer free! Now if it's the least bit interesting it's on my cloud.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:51:40 AM PST
Just Peachy says:
I'm picturing a Kindle bulging out on it's way to become rotund.
Hey, then you could say "roll me that Kindle" and another person could just roll it across the floor. Of course puppies would attack it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 10:53:35 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 10, 2012 10:54:59 AM PST
If you BOUGHT them, they were not free. :-)

There are books that are free for everyone. No one is charged for those, regardless of whether they are Prime or not.

Then there are books that Amazon allows Prime members to BORROW (not BUY) for free.

What you did (it seems) is click to BUY one of the books offered to Prime members for free lending. What you should have done was click BORROW instead. (ETA: As others have noted, you can only use the borrow feature from your Kindle device, not your computer or a Kindle app.)

Hope that clears it up for you. It's pretty clearly user error here, I'm sorry to say.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 11:22:53 AM PST
'Zactly! I've become a bit of a hoarder, but I blame the onslaught of of titles this past month!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2012 11:25:36 AM PST
Like a coffee can! LOL And yes. Yes the puppies would attack it. They're like little battery-operated killing machines. ;0)

Posted on Jan 10, 2012 12:37:18 PM PST
Picky User says:
The free lender's library only applies to the PRIMARY Prime account holder. If you're only a guest of a Prime member (meaning you get Prime benefits, but don't pay the $79 annual fee), then you're not really a Prime member and you will not have the option to read the book for free.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 6:04:21 AM PST
J. Radke says:
It also only applies to Kindle owners, not people who read Kindle books on an iPad or other device.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 6:21:18 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 7, 2012 6:22:34 AM PST
@Jonathan M. Chattin

Hi. OK.. I can understand how you could have misinterpreted "read for free" right next to the prime logo and zero price. I can sort of understand how you could have missed the purchase price, the part telling you how much you would save if you purchased it right there under the prime read for free line. I have a harder time understanding how you missed the price sitting right there in the buy button that you had to click in order to buy it. But...I am wondering.. how on earth did you miss the big giant box with the Prime logo right there at the top of the book's information page.. right under the prices.. that said =>
"For Kindle Device Owners
Borrow this book for free, with no due dates, if you are a Kindle owner and Prime member. If you don't own a Kindle, get yours today. If you're not a Prime member, start your one month free trial today. You can borrow this book from your Kindle device.
With Prime, Kindle owners can choose from thousands of books to borrow for free - including over 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers - as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates. Learn more about Kindle Owners' Lending Library."

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 7:14:47 AM PST
Beth Sexton says:
I agree with you saraf, it can be confusing. That big red $0.00 is twice as big as the purchase price listed below it.

It would be less confusing if they would move the Prime logo to the right of the purchase price and eliminate the rest of that $0.00 line.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 7, 2012 9:12:44 AM PST
Or maybe it may help to eliminate confusion over Buy vs Borrow if there was a button that said "Borrow for $0.00" along with the buy button. If you have a Kindle the Borrow button would put it into the account and send it to the Kindle. But if you only have Kindle apps it sends you to a page describing the KOLL program and informs you that you need a Kindle in order to borrow it.

Posted on Apr 25, 2012 7:46:37 PM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
It looks like Amazon has changed the way the books display on the web site.

The Hunger Games

I am seeing the purchase price and the $0.00 shown in the same size, red font.
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