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Kindle Lending Library to end Jan 4, 2021
#1  SeaBookGuy 12-10-2020, 03:21 PM
Didn't see a thread on this, so thought I would post it as a piece of news based upon an email I received a few weeks ago.

As far as I could tell, it was a little known, little used benefit for Amazon Prime members. Was useful for me in trying out new historical fiction series to save a few bucks here and there. From my understanding of the message, any book taken out during the first few days of January will automatically expire after 60 days; previously, books would never expire, rather that you could not take out the next book until you returned that one. I'm assuming that this is meant to steer towards Kindle Unlimited, as many of these titles were a subset of that availability.
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#2  GoSharks 12-10-2020, 04:24 PM
@SeaBookGuy.... Thanks for the update. I actually used the Lending Library and will be sad to see its demise as it meant 12 free reads a year. Bah, humbug!
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#3  tomsem 12-10-2020, 07:00 PM
This benefit is separate from Prime: it was specific to people who owned a Kindle (or I think a Fire tablet).

https://the-digital-reader.com/2020/11/01/amazon-is-killing-kindle-owners-lending-library-on-4-january/
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#4  rcentros 12-10-2020, 11:21 PM
Quote tomsem
This benefit is separate from Prime: it was specific to people who owned a Kindle (or I think a Fire tablet).

https://the-digital-reader.com/2020/11/01/amazon-is-killing-kindle-owners-lending-library-on-4-january/
I actually used this a few times... when I remembered it. I might have to try to find something for "old times sake."
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#5  DrNefario 12-11-2020, 04:36 AM
That was one of the key benefits of Prime, to me. I'm resting my subscription at the moment, and this news doesn't encourage me to rejoin.
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#6  Quoth 12-11-2020, 08:26 AM
Though compared with UK & Ireland actual libraries it cheats the content providers. As do many other aspects of Amazon.
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#7  Ripplinger 12-11-2020, 09:36 AM
When I went to see if there's a free book this month that I'd read, I was offered 3 months free. I wonder if that promotion will still be available through January 4th, as I'm very tempted to sign up for it. There's not enough of the authors I buy that are free on Kindle Unlimited, so for me I don't think it's worth it after the free period is up. But who knows, if I find a few new authors, it might be worth it then for me.
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#8  issybird 12-11-2020, 09:56 AM
Quote Quoth
Though compared with UK & Ireland actual libraries it cheats the content providers. As do many other aspects of Amazon.
On top of my wishlist is that people would stop comparing real books with virtual books and real libraries with virtual libraries. They’re not the same thing. Moreover, “cheats” is a loaded term, implying bad faith or outright dishonesty. Something along the lines of, “provides inadequate compensation” and then saying why would be an improvement.
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#9  mitford13 12-11-2020, 10:01 AM
I would guess the Venn diagram of Prime members who *also* read on a Kindle device *and* were even aware that KOLL existed any more was dwindlingly small and not worth the extra tracking. And to those of us who are aware, the fact that I pay for Prime and own Kindle readers yet can’t read a KOLL title on my preferred reader iPad is an irritant. The newer Prime Reading, while more limited, makes more sense to me since it’s available to all Prime members.

But I’m fairly certain authors do/did get compensated for KOLL loans.
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#10  leebase 12-11-2020, 10:20 AM
Quote issybird
On top of my wishlist is that people would stop comparing real books with virtual books and real libraries with virtual libraries. They’re not the same thing. Moreover, “cheats” is a loaded term, implying bad faith or outright dishonesty. Something along the lines of, “provides inadequate compensation” and then saying why would be an improvement.
It might also be worth mentioning that most of these books (judged by me in a very unscientific method of "all the books I looked at", which admittedly isn't many)

....uh, where was I?

Oh yes, the authors in this lending library are Amazon's own authors. The exposure and opportunity to gain readers is the real payment. Unlike, say, a Steven King who would lose money from anyone reading from the Kindle lending library...IF...Amazon didn't pay him anything.

I have enjoyed many of the Amazon authors...but I consider "in general" that they are not really at the level of my favorite authors from traditional publishing houses.
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