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Kindle Lending Library - No Longer Available for Prime?


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Initial post: Jul 23, 2014 12:45:35 PM PDT
When I go into the Lending Library on my device, it's only giving me the option to borrow for free if I have Kindle Unlimited. Have they taken away the Lending Library for Prime Members?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 12:49:04 PM PDT
No.

Have you borrowed for July yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 12:52:17 PM PDT
Did you click to see about borrowing it?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ref=lp_mem_help&nodeId=200757120

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 12:53:37 PM PDT
They're all still there. Follow this search process:

Toggle to Kindle Store. Go.
Click Kindle E-books.
Type into search window the words: prime eligible.
Go.

THOSE results *ARE* in fact KOLL books; they just don't show the banner on that list view. PICK A BOOK, and you'll see on the product page that it will have the Prime logo.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 1:11:29 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
I think they must have moved a lot of books from the Lending Library to Unlimited. I've been keeping a list of books for a few months that always were shown in the LL until I could get to them (one per month). This process has always worked for me. After the announcement about Unlimited, I checked all books on my list and NONE of them are now in the LL, but all are available in Unlimited. I'm feeling a little disenchanted with Amazon right now. They want that extra money each month for Unlimited that they haven't been getting from Prime members.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 1:13:17 PM PDT
King Al says:
Not true. All the KOLL books are still there. (If you log out of your account and search for the same books, you should see the Prime icon.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 1:19:13 PM PDT
They're all still there. Follow this search process:

Toggle to Kindle Store. Go.
Click Kindle E-books.
Type into search window the words: prime eligible.
Go.

THOSE results *ARE* in fact KOLL books; they just don't show the banner on that list view. PICK A BOOK, and you'll see on the product page that it will have the Prime logo.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 1:23:20 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
I'm looking them up on my computer, not the Kindle, so it should show both KOLL and Unlimited items. For instance, on Sunday I downloaded a book from KOLL. Today that same book is only available through Unlimited.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 1:27:05 PM PDT
It does.

Pick. A. Book. Go to the *product page*, not the list view. Look:

This is the resulting list view if you do what I posted:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=prime+eligible

Note that Prime *doesn't* show there, but Pick. A. Book. and there you will see the Prime logo next to the price.

(Also note that pre-order books won't have the Prime logo.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 1:51:12 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
I understand what you're saying, and I do see the Prime logo; however, the only option to "Read for Free" is if you have Unlimited. I see nothing any more about reading for free with Prime. I must be missing something else. Thanks for your help though.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 1:57:30 PM PDT
King Al says:
If you're checking your computer, as you stated in your previous post, there won't be a borrow option since you can only borrow KOLL books from a Kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 1:57:40 PM PDT
It says Read for free on the Kindle, but if you are a Prime member and haven't borrowed a book for July, this is supposed to get the book as part of the KOLL.

I have no idea what possessed them to set it up this way................

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 2:11:30 PM PDT
Hi All,
Thank you! I think some of the books on my list just aren't available for Prime members anymore, as someone pointed out. Which happens with the list from time to time, even before Unlimited. I think there were just more books moved from Prime recently maybe because they are promoting Unlimited.
Anyway, I was able to finally get a book from the Lending Library so thank you ALL!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 2:12:53 PM PDT
Bookworm says:
I borrow all KOLL books on my Kindle, but in the past I could look on the computer to see if they were KOLL-eligible. For instance, I just went to the KOLL on my Kindle and the first book shown is "Supreme Justice". When I open that item as if I want to borrow it and click on "Read for Free", it takes you to the subscription page for Unlimited. Maybe it only does that for me since I have already borrowed a book for July.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 2:23:04 PM PDT
prime is touted by amazon to have over 500,000 books and KU is touted to have over 600,000 books.

if it is KOLL it is KU .....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 2:24:59 PM PDT
You have to use a browser to see that Prime banner.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 23, 2014 2:38:07 PM PDT
Yes, that is the reason you are brought to the KU page. Rather than telling you that you already have a KOLL they would like to "upsell" you to KU.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 8:17:44 PM PDT
L. A. Hutt says:
I have a sponsored Kindle & I'm not seeing *anything* that is "borrow for free" and available now. I found a couple of "pre-order" books (available 8/1/14) that still say Prime "borrow for free", but every other books says it's "read for free" with Kindle Unlimited. I've viewed them both in my browser on my laptop and on my Kindle (using the Search feature and the very clunky experimental browser.) If I have time tomorrow, I'm going to call Amazon & ask where they all went.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2014 5:30:20 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 31, 2014 5:30:59 AM PDT
As long as you are not a Kindle Unlimited member the "Read for Free" button will borrow the book from the Lending Library. I've used it, as have others. Someone asked CS about it and supposedly it's a glitch where the "Read for Free" button shows up instead of the "Borrow for Free" on books that are in both programs even though it still correctly borrows it from the Lending Library when you are not a KU subscriber.

NOTE: You can never borrow a book from the Lending Library on a PC or through a browser. You have to do it from within the Kindle's built in store. So you will never see the borrow button that way. Only the new Read one for Kindle Unlimited.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2014 5:51:31 AM PDT
I promise you that they're all still there. There *are* some glitches in the buttons and whatnot, but you CAN browse the KOLL the same as always.

Follow this search process (from a computer, of course):

Toggle to Kindle Store. Go.
Click Kindle E-books.
Type into search window the words: prime eligible.
Go.

THOSE results *ARE* in fact KOLL books; they just don't show the banner on that list view. PICK A BOOK, and you'll see on the product page that it will have the Prime logo.

If they HAVE the Prime logo next to the red price tag, I promise you those are KOLL. You can add them to your "to borrow" Wish List and then when it turns August tomorrow, when you pull one of those books from your Kindle, it SHOULD show you the Borrow for Free button.

Some folks are having browser issues. If you *CAN'T* see the Prime logo (assuming you've followed these instructions correctly), try logging out of your account and doing the search again.

I promise you they're ALL still there. Today there are 637,812 KOLL books for you to look at. Here:

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=node%3D154606011&field-keywords=prime+eligible

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 5:53:07 AM PDT
Add: Click on that link, and as it happens, NO, you WON'T see the Prime logo. But choose a book--click on the title, and on the product page, it will show the Prime eligibility (at least it seems to for most of us.)

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 7:42:54 AM PDT
L. A. Hutt says:
Thank you for that info. I'm a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I think my confusion stems from the fact that I thought I hadn't borrowed for July and it turns out I did. So hopefullly tomorrow (8/1/14) I will see the "borrow for free" on the book I actually want to read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 31, 2014 8:00:50 AM PDT
You're not the first person that that has happened to!

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