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Initial post: May 25, 2012 6:48:19 PM PDT
Is there a limit on how many books you can borrow from the lending library?

Posted on May 25, 2012 6:49:40 PM PDT
One per month.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 6:49:53 PM PDT
King Al says:
A maximum of one per calendar month, and you can only have one out at a time (i.e. you have to return the one you have now before you borrow another one, even if you borrowed the first one the previous month.)

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 7:00:07 PM PDT
I read a lot. Multiple books per month. Not sure if it would be worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 7:02:41 PM PDT
It's really not--not unless you want prime for other reasons like the free and faster shipping. I had a couple of my books listed in Prime and they do get loaned out, so people do use the program and quite a bit--but from what I hear, it's really only worth it if you want the movies or the shipping stuff. Now, in the future, if the lending program gets expanded...well, then we'll talk. Because like you, I'd want access to more like 4 to 8 books a month.

Posted on May 25, 2012 7:05:41 PM PDT
The "prime" reason for Prime is the free 2-day shipping. If you don't order a lot of physical objects from Amazon, there's no reason to be a member. The videos and library are just additional perks, not the main purpose.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 7:18:13 PM PDT
I really appreciate the feedback. I buy things from Amazon but not on a regular basis. I'm trying to find inexpensive ways to get books. I can check some out at the library which is helpful but they don't have everything I want to read. Thank you for the info.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 8:17:00 PM PDT
Ive noticed the public library has more of the hot titles. Koll has more of the Indies. If you're willing to give new authors a try, there is a daily thread called free books and chat with that day's date. There are some really good ones out there and free is the right price to experiment.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 8:20:55 PM PDT
Beth says:
The library is definitely better than KOLL for books. If you are not picky on what you read you could come up with over $79 worth of books to borrow on KOLL but it hardly seems worth it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 25, 2012 8:26:37 PM PDT
Why do people who claim to read a lot neglect to actually read the information regarding the program they're inquiring about?

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 3:24:52 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
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In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 3:39:43 AM PDT
You might also want to try the Free Library of Philadelphia. It's free if you live in Pennsylvania, but you can get an out-of-state library card for $35 if you live elsewhere.

Not all publishers sell their ebooks to libraries, though, so you still may not find specific titles.

Are you familiar with eReaderIQ.com? You can sign up for their list of popular freebies, and they'll track books for discounts/price drops.

You might also want to check out the Discount/Price Drop thread in this forum...I've found great deals on books I wouldn't have otherwise known about. Start with the most recent post and work back a few weeks...many of the deals are short-time offers. That's one of the very few threads that stays on-topic - so I'd only recommend posting anything if you have a price drop to share.

Hope this helps...

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 8:45:21 AM PDT
For one thing there isn't a whole lot of information about book lending. What was written was unclear.

Posted on May 26, 2012 11:20:57 AM PDT
Niccoletta, Just ignore the trolls.

I have a list of 99 cent books on my blog that I've enjoyed. I also have a list for under 5. That said--if you tell us what kind of books you like, we can probably help you find some. Another somewhat useful service is Lendleme -- It's a decent idea that lets you "borrow" and "loan" books. You do have to loan some to be able to borrow some. Warning: Not a lot of of big 6 popular books are lendable. BUT there are some decent ones to be had. I try to review the ones I've liked and even though I can only lend once, there are other copies available.

Here's my profile on lendleme:

http://lendle.me/users/BearMountainBooks/

But you don't need to look at my profile--put in titles and see if they have stuff you'd like (sometimes you have to search on both title and author because books don't always come up.) It's free so if you don't end up using it, nothing lost but time.

There's also www.DailyCheapReads.com -- it's a blog that puts up about 5 or 6 bargain books every day. You can follow it via blog or twitter to catch the titles.

Another GREAT resource is Goodreads. There are some lending groups over there, but there are also lists of books under 5, 3, 2 and so on. I think there are some "Freebie" groups too.

Maria

Posted on May 26, 2012 5:31:13 PM PDT
Mary McManus says:
As far as I'm concerned, the Prime lending library is just an added benefit. In the last 3 weeks, I have had 5 shipments of items from Amazon. Free 2-day shipping is the reason I have it, not to borrow one book a month. The best thing about having Prime is not feeling constrained from ordering one thing at a time. This way I only buy what I need but get it right away.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 8:12:21 PM PDT
I don't see any trolls posting here, but your post violates TOS.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 8:18:20 PM PDT
Beth says:
Without any link it does not violate the TOS.

In reply to an earlier post on May 26, 2012 8:21:20 PM PDT
Well, actually it does. A link is not necessary for it to be in violation.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 9:38:32 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 9:45:33 AM PDT
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Dog Lover says:
<Now people come here to discuss 1 free book a month and you act like they're coming out of left field because YOUR opinion is that only the free 2-day shipping matters and 1 free book a month is just a "perk.">

I believe it more factual to say that occurs when people are COMPLAINING about the feature and is appropriate.

This thread, however, has been great in presenting the advantages and disadvantages to persons who may be thinking KOLL is something other than it really is. To wit: Warning them that KOLL is not every book on Amazon's catalogue but, rather, is a selection from that catalogue.

Therefore, people might want to see the titles and types of books being offered on KOLL AND to consider that Prime is primarily and originated as a FREE SHIPPING feature before signing up for that membership.

Mr. Holt is a frequent and well-respected poster on this forum. Your reputation hasn't yet garnered much respect.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 9:54:53 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
"If you BUY 1 book a month for $12.99 then Prime Lending will save you $76.88 a year."

Except that nearly every book in the KOLL regularly sells for less than $6.58, which is the break-even point.

Buying Prime just for the KOLL is foolish, IMO, and yes, it's a perk. The proof that Prime is primarily a shipping program is simply that Prime has always been a shipping program, to which streaming videos and Kindle lending were added much later, as incentives (perks).

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 10:01:21 AM PDT
"Mr. Holt is a frequent and well-respected poster on this forum. Your reputation hasn't yet garnered much respect."

I'm here to add to the discussion. Not join a clique.

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 10:03:58 AM PDT
Dog Lover says:
<I'm here to add to the discussion>

I look forward to your starting to do that.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 10:05:24 AM PDT
Erich says:
I'm not sure your definition of "clique" is a commonly accepted one. A poster can be a longstanding contributor with a solid reputation and not be part of a "clique".

In reply to an earlier post on May 27, 2012 10:06:24 AM PDT
It started out as JUST a shipping program. So.
Not enough people joined so Amazon added more features. Happens all the time in business.
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