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Initial post: May 11, 2012 8:43:36 PM PDT
Can some learned person please advise me if the Kindle Prime set up for borrowing books is available in Australia? I have purchased a Kindle for my elderly mother and was looking at all avenues to borrow books instead of buying them all the time. As yet our local library does not have the facility to lend to a KIndle. Thank You

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:46:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2012 8:47:04 PM PDT
Loz says:
The Prime service is for the US only. The main perk of it is the 2 day shipping, which isn't available internationally. The lending is a bonus.

I think a lot of libraries here are still coming on board to the lending for kindle though. You can try some other libraries online, it doesn't necessarily have to be your local on.

In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2012 8:58:26 PM PDT
Thank you Loz, I appreciate your comments.

Posted on May 11, 2012 11:27:07 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012 12:00:52 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
Actually, at least one other amazon store has Kindle Prime (, but right now it has no kindle benefits. I just checked and they have Amazon Premium ( ) which is basically the same thing. As does

ETA: the site Amazon Prime link goes back to the US site, so it's not for australia

however the US does have Amazon Prime:

Posted on Mar 25, 2013 3:58:02 AM PDT
Amazon should clearly state who is eligible for its Prime membership. It is very annoying.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013 4:13:18 AM PDT
Hi from another Aussie. I look forward to when we can borrow ebooks from the local library. What a wonderful day that will be. Meanwhile, I pick up a lot of great reads for free.

There is a fantastic thread with lots of lovely people that lists free ebooks that can be found here:

Or if you use this link below it brings up a list of the top 100 free books. If you are new to kindle it might help to know that it is a good idea to choose the ones that have lots of reviews and a good star average on the ratings.

You can also read a sample of the book to see if you like the writing/style etc. There are a lot of free books out there that I have enjoyed.

Unfortunately, being Australian means we get charged very high prices for traditionally published ebooks. Much more than the US.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 25, 2013 5:47:19 AM PDT
You mean like here, where it outlines exactly where they'll ship, and that international addresses are not included?

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2013 8:45:29 PM PDT
B. Addison says:
Um, no, because kindle books do not need to be shipped. So it is obvious they won't ship internationally, but that doesn't address the issue of download and streaming.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2013 8:49:11 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2013 8:49:25 PM PDT
You mean like it does here?

Free Prime Instant Video access for paid or free trial members in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

Kindle Owners' Lending Library access to members in the U.S. For more information, go to Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

In reply to an earlier post on May 9, 2013 8:50:07 PM PDT
Prime is a shipping program.

Posted on May 9, 2013 8:53:33 PM PDT
Also, it's "Amazon Prime", not "Kindle" Prime. The main purpose of Prime is free 2 day shipping of qualifying physical products from Amazon. Everything else is just a side-perk.
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