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Lending Library and iPad with kindle app

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By A. Dietz, 07-Apr-2012 08:33 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

R. Brunke: The major benefit of the Prime membership is 2-day free shipping, the free streaming movies and the lending library are added bonuses. If you don't need the free shipping, it probably doesn't make sense for you to get Prime just for the one book/month you can borrow.

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By D. Madison, 07-Apr-2012 08:41 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I will probably be canceling my prime membership when the trial is up. I can wait 5 more days for my stuff. I have better shows to watch on Hulu plus and plenty of movies from Netflix.

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By reg, 07-Apr-2012 08:57 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

D. Madison, you can select that your membership not renew now. You don't have to wait for the trial to end. If you wait, you risk being charged the $79.


To cancel free trial:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=hp_navbox_trial_canceling?nodeId=200444170#cancel

Go to the Manage Your Prime Membership page and click "do not upgrade." You'll continue to enjoy your Amazon Prime benefits until your free trial period is over. Then your membership will automatically cancel. Your card will not be charged."
In other words, if you want to keep your Prime until the very end of the trial, you wouldn't want to cancel it now. You would simply click "do not upgrade." This option makes more financial sense if you want to get as much of the free trial as possible, yet not risk "forgetting" to cancel it at the end of the trial.

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By R. Brunke, 07-Apr-2012 08:57 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

A. Dietz Maybe try reading my post Did I say that's why I got Prime solely for the books? No, I said it was a feature I was looking forward to. I'm using the streaming right now and I will use the Two Day Freeshipping like crazy and I feel the price I paid was worth those alone, but the fact that I can't use the third feature they advertised without buying another piece of otherwise useless tech. And the link I included, the Prime homepage, doesn't specify I need a Kindle.

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By King Al, 07-Apr-2012 09:22 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

@R. Brunke: No, that is referring to the entire Kindle selection, NOT the Kindle Owners Lending Library. The webpage specfically states that you have to have a Kindle to access the Lending Library.

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By D. Madison, 07-Apr-2012 14:02 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Thanks for the info on cancelling the auto upgrade, Reg. I have followed your link and done so.

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By Georgeann Wearin, 15-Apr-2012 12:12 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I paid for prime too, then realized I can't get anything on my iPad!!! No movies, lenders library, so basically only free shipping! Ugh! I will not renew my prime unless they include iPad!!!

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By C. S. Jones, 15-Apr-2012 12:34 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

The free shipping it the purpose of the Prime program. The library and streaming are just extra perks.

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By Kendall, 16-Apr-2012 12:25 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I, unfortunately, also checked out a bunch of "free Prime" books on my iPad and then got charged for them because it was not a Kindle. I am very disappointed that I got charged for these because I have the iPad instead of the Kindle. Amazon should do a better job of advertising that the lending library is not compatible with iPads.

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By asortafairytale, 16-Apr-2012 12:29 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Kendall, it's called the KINDLE OWNERS' LENDING LIBRARY for a reason. Notice the word owners.

From the Kindle Owners' Lending Library page:
"Books can only be borrowed and read on Kindle devices (works with all Kindle generations)."

I'd say that's pretty darn clear.

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By **MeyaPaloozza**, 16-Apr-2012 12:39 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Kendall, even with a Kindle device, you can't check out "a bunch" of Prime Lending books at one time. We are allowed to borrow 1 book per calendar month, which must be returned before we borrow the next one.

On the other hand, there are thousands of freebies, available to anyone with a Kindle account, regardless of what device they use. Those you get to keep, unlike the Prime Lending books, that you have to return.

Many of the posters in this thread are woefully uninformed about the KOLL, Prime, and how it all works. That's too bad...usually people who like to read are better at comprehension. Spreading the misinformation to others is just sad.

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By asortafairytale, 16-Apr-2012 12:45 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I don't think it's their reading comprehension, Meya. It's that most people see a program for $79 per year, see that there's a "library", and then join it without reading the details. Then, when they realize it's not what they want it to be, they complain. I've seen FAR too many people flat out admit that they didn't bother to read what Prime really is, but have no qualms about complaining that it's not what they want, and how horrible Amazon is for not making it exactly what they want.

Entitlement: it's way too common.

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By Kendall, 16-Apr-2012 12:48 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Yeah, hindsight is 20/20. Thanks for the info, Meya. Thanks for nothing, asortafairytale.

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By **MeyaPaloozza**, 16-Apr-2012 12:49 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Kendall, there is no need to be rude. You can return Kindle books within 7 days of purchase. You can contact Amazon, or return them directly from the Manage Your Kindle page, under the Actions drop down menu, to the right of each book.

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By asortafairytale, 16-Apr-2012 12:50 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I love it when I point out information, and explain that a lot of people don't read (which is the truth), and someone says "thanks for nothing."

Thank you, Kendall, for not reading, and then complaining, thus proving my point!

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By Ricky Danzanito, 06-May-2012 19:51 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

this is very frustrating. I am paying for prime to rent books for free, not for the right to purchase a kindle to read books for free. clearly it is amazon's goal to get people to purchase a kindle, not to provide them with a service.

please offer this service to iPad owners. I feel like I have been misled.

the kindle app on my iPad is named "kindle" not "kindle for iPad" or "kindle reader" therefor I am a kindle "owner" and deserve to be extended rights to the lending service. if enough people speak up intelligently, we can have this changed.

thank you.

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By M. Francis Professor of Kindology, 06-May-2012 20:55 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

What part of Kindle OWNERS Lending Library is misleading? And, yes, it IS Amazon's goal to sell Kindles, not to provide entitlement princes/princesses with all the books they want for a $79 yearly fee.

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By Artist, 06-May-2012 21:15 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Since you CHOSE not to read the information and instructions regarding Prime before you purchased it, how were you mislead? Is Amazon supposed to have a caution before you click the Buy button asking if you've bothered to read the terms before you purchase Prime? Even if they did, people like you wouldn't bother to READ it.

Stop whining about a problem that was caused by your laziness and inattention! Learn that what you "think" doesn't control reality.

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By EdGein // Kindle Forum Pro \\, 06-May-2012 21:41 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Wow, a "crappy bonus?" What if you got *no* bonus? I have no words to express what a ridiculous concept yours is.

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By Ricky Danzanito, 06-May-2012 22:08 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

if you have a kindle and amazon prime, and you can read your books for free, then there is no reason for you to be here unless you want to help. your disparaging comments are not helping. why would you not want all those who paid for a service to be eligible for said service?

the more people that have access to books the better, in my humble opinion.

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By asortafairytale, 06-May-2012 22:12 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

You paid for a SHIPPING service. That's what Prime is. That's all it was when it started. Amazon has since added some perks to it, without raising the price, but it's still a SHIPPING service.

If you want to borrow books, use an actual library.

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By Artist, 06-May-2012 22:48 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Surprisingly, your humble opinion doesn't matter. The directions are clear -- just because someone imagines that a certain type of service exists, doesn't make Amazon responsible for fulfilling that fantasy.

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By C. S. Jones, 06-May-2012 22:50 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

Amazon also has to pay the publisher each of those books that are loaned out. It is very generous as it is.

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By M. Francis Professor of Kindology, 07-May-2012 05:54 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

"Posted on May 6, 2012 10:08:55 PM PDT
M.NINE says:
if you have a kindle and amazon prime, and you can read your books for free, then there is no reason for you to be here unless you want to help. your disparaging comments are not helping. why would you not want all those who paid for a service to be eligible for said service?"

The price of the "service" is $79/year PLUS the purchase of a Kindle. You have NOT paid the price of the "service" and therefore are not eligible for said service.

"the more people that have access to books the better, in my humble opinion."

No, your opinion is that you should have access to FREE books. Not the same thing at all.

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By bjolink, 11-May-2012 10:41 America/Los_Angeles Permalink Report abuse

I signed up for Amazon Prime so I could borrow books to read on my iPad Kindle app. Now that I find out I can't do that I will definitely be cancelling my Prime membership before the trial ends. $79 a year to be a Prime member isn't good enough? WTF? I think that if Amazon doesn't fix this situation, we will be seeing an Apple lending library very soon.

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