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Initial post: Dec 11, 2012 2:58:27 PM PST
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In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 2:59:20 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
PRIME is a shipping program. I think they are very generous to offer this wonderful perk of being able to borrow a free book per month.

I think YOU need to go read about what the Prime program is actually about.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:01:24 PM PST
Bixillarla says:
Prime is a SHIPPING program with a few perks added in.

Amazon has to pay for every book that you borrow and they have not raised the price of the Prime.

Amazon is in business to sell books not loan you every book you want to read.

If you want free books go to your library website and borrow them from there.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:02:37 PM PST
In addition to what Pat said, Amazon is a book seller not a library. They are in the business to make money. If they gave everything away for free they wouldn't last very long.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:03:29 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
I think it's fabulous that for $79 per year, I get unlimited free 2-day shipping on much of what Amazon sells. And that I can stream videos like West Wing, Doctor Who, Downton Abbey and more. And that as an *extra perk* I can borrow one book per month.

That's what I think.

I also think people should read about Prime *before* they run off and whinge it isn't an all-you-can-read buffet.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:03:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 3:25:18 PM PST
Prior to posting my initial comment, of course I read about the program. I have even tried the program out: not for the shipping benefits (I am a rare consumer of actual goods) but for the availability of the movies and books. So when I think of a $79/year fee, I am 98% thinking of downloading/streaming media. PRIME offers different benefits to fit the needs of different people. YOU may primarily use the shipping. I would primarily use it for the media, since I rarely buy anything, and I'm housebound. You get your money's worth from the shipping, but I'd like to get my money's worth as well. Perhaps Amazon will consider expanding or dividing the program to meet their customers' different needs....just a thought...don't get all bothered about it!

Think of this as well (since people seem to be incredibly interested in Amazon's bottom-line); if more books were available, more people may pay to join PRIME. If more books were available, purchasing the Kindle would be more attractive. It could be a win/win situation.

I must admit I am surprised by the tone of the comments posted in response to, what I thought was, a reasonable suggestion. Do you all work at Amazon? Do you have stock in Amazon? Or is it that the rain is getting you down! C'mon folks, relax....just because you don't agree with my comment doesn't mean you need to get defensive. My goodness gracious!

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:05:11 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
How would Amazon stay in business if it just gave away books instead of selling them?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:05:48 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
Really? You've read about Prime? Clearly not enough to realize Prime is first and foremost a shipping program. Or that the videos and KOLL are PERKS, and can be removed as benefits at any time.

You should read more about Prime.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:06:07 PM PST
Kessa says:
I agree with Pat the Peachy Grinch.

You do realize that Amazon is a business and as a business, one of it's main goals is to make money, right?

If you want more that 1 free eBook a month, you can use your local library or something like ereaderiq.com.

Amazon should not pay for more than 1 eBook a month per Prime member. Anyone wanting Amazon to support their reading habit is not only greedy, but has no concept that Amazon is not a public library.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:06:09 PM PST
Old Rocker says:
How would Amazon win if they weren't making money? The Kindle is a one time purchase with a near zero profit margin?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:06:36 PM PST
Just Peachy says:
If more books were available Amazon would have to charge more for the program.
They PAY for every book you borrow.
Want more free books? Borrow from a public library.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:06:46 PM PST
J. Donahue says:
I'm sorry, but your business plan would fail in a spectacular fashion.

The PRIME program is a severe loss leader for Amazon, as are sales of the Kindle.

Amazon is a BUSINESS, not a CHARITY. If you want to borrow free books, join a library.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:08:27 PM PST
Kessa says:
I can see how you would win with that, but Amazon is doing just fine the way it is & any changes that it makes will not be about losing all of it's eBook(s) income.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 3:11:25 PM PST
P. M. H. says:
I think the one book a month on Prime is very generous. Good grief, what would Amazon do if everyone on Prime read at my speed? I can read 5 books a week quiet often.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:11:26 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
You public library may have ebooks. You can also look into the Free Library of Philadelphia - for about $35, you can get a non-resident library card.

www.eReaderIQ.com lists free and cheap Kindle books. They'll also let you track specific books for price reductions, and will send you an email if/when the price falls below your threshold.

There are other sites too. PixelofInk is one...

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:14:38 PM PST
I think Amazon is not in business to support your sense of entitlement.

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 3:16:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 3:30:26 PM PST
Lauren says:
I think Amazon is incredibly generous to allow us to loan books at all! Even one a month does cost them something... they still have to pay the author/publisher for that book.

In order to make the most of the Prime lending program, I keep a special wish-list just for books I want to borrow on Prime. Here's what I do: When I find books that I'm interested in, and they display the "Prime" loan symbol, I add them to that wish-list. Then, once a month I go to that list and pick out the one I want most at that time. I always choose books that are higher-priced (generally over $10) to borrow instead of purchase. (It would really be a waste to borrow a 99-cent book, IMO). This way I always have a list of great Prime-eligible books when I'm ready to get one. :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:19:22 PM PST
This point isn't made until the tenth post or so and I think it needs shouted at you:

AMAZON PAYS FOR ALL THE BOOKS THEY "LOAN" YOU. Real actual cash $$$ goes to the publisher each time a KOLL book is borrowed.

Change your mind yet?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 3:28:08 PM PST
Great, thoughtful suggestions....thank you Cassie Anne....or should I say "Classie Anne?"

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 4:39:29 PM PST
Dog Lover says:
<What do YOU think!? >

I think you have no idea on what a business is based.

DL

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 4:43:25 PM PST
Cassie Anne says:
I think you'd have gotten different responses if you'd asked about tips and tricks for finding inexpensive/free ebooks, rather than ranting about how you think Amazon should give you more, more, more.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 4:44:57 PM PST
feeling self entitled are you?

Posted on Dec 11, 2012 4:51:20 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 11, 2012 4:51:58 PM PST
The Blade says:
I have Prime. I don't need no stinkin' free books. Got plenty of those already.

I think that I should get a flat of water every month. And a steak (maybe Prime Rib - see what I did there?). Plus potatoes. And salad. Yes. Amazon can afford that and I want it.

And then once I eat that, I should be allowed to get another helping.

With desert. Need desert, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 5:06:11 PM PST
Miss M says:
'Cause you've been through the desert...on a horse...

...oh never mind, Sorry :)

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2012 5:11:34 PM PST
R. Wilde says:
"if more books were available, more people may pay to join PRIME."

So what Amazon loses per unit, they'll make up for in volume?
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