Back in mid-January we had heard that the Kindle Owners Lending Library was “off to a strong start” and well, it looks like things have continued to move in a positive direction. Well, in a positive direction in terms of more and more titles coming available anyway. According to details coming from an Amazon press release;
“The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library continues to grow rapidly, now offering more than 100,000 books that Amazon Prime members with Kindles can borrow for free—including over 100 New York Times Best Sellers like The Hunger Games trilogy—as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.”
Sounds like another great reason to become an Amazon Prime subscriber because not only will you be able to borrow ebooks from the Lending Library, but you will also be able to watch television and movies and get free two-day shipping. For those needing a reminder, Amazon Prime will set you back $79 per year, however for those who like to try before they buy — Amazon does offer a 30-day free trial of Prime.
Otherwise, the Kindle Owners Lending Library allows Kindle users to download (borrow) and read one free book per month without having to worry about due rates. Just pick, download and begin reading. And lastly, a few of the milestone events for the Kindle Owners Lending Library;
Since launching the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library in November 2011, selection has grown by over 20 times.
More than a third of the Top 20 Kindle Best Sellers in February are enrolled in the library and available to borrow for free.
More Amazon customers are reading independently-published books, with over 1 million KDP Select books borrowed through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library since the program launched for indie authors in December.
KDP authors participating in the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library have earned $1.8 million from the KDP Select fund so far, which is an incremental 24% on top of their royalties from paid sales.