Amazon have opened the doors to their Kindle Owner’s Lending Library in the UK.
Already available to US eBook readers for some time, it offers hundreds of thousands of books to borrow in a library-like service, with no due date to finish them. One book per month can be borrowed, with the service working on anyKindle connected to the Internet over Wi-Fi or 3G.
There are a few stipulations however. Firstly, the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library is only available to those who own a Kindle eReading or Kindle tablet device, and won’t be offered through the iOS, Android or Windows Phone application versions of Kindle. Secondly, you’ll need an Amazon Prime account, priced at £49 a year, to gain access to the feature. Amazon Prime isn’t too bad a deal though, offering next day delivery on all items bought through Amazon’s store, meaning it’s not a bad offer with the new lending features thrown in.
“Owning a Kindle is getting even better. Today, we’re announcing that our newest Prime benefit, built just for Kindle, is coming to UK customers: The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com founder and CEO.
“Prime members will have exclusive access to a huge library of books to read on any Kindle device at no additional cost and with no due dates. We’re already seeing the programme’s success in the US for both readers and authors – customers are reading more and authors are reaching a whole new audience while making money in a new way – and we’re excited to bring it to customers in the UK.”
Alll seven of the Harry Potter novels are available immediately through the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library, as well as thousands of books from Kindle Direct Publishing authors. Self-published writers can choose whether or not to offer their wares to the Kindle library.