352,235 Kindle books for borrowing… if you can find them

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Chances are you already own a Kindle.  If you don’t, what are you waiting for?  It gives you such easy access to books – roughly 2 million of them available to purchase from Amazon’s inventory.  If it’s 10 pm and you’re about to go to bed, and you wish you had something to read, just a couple of clicks and you have your next book right there ready for you.

Kindle e-reader

But here’s something you might not be aware of – if you’re part of a particular group of people – a certain “club” so to speak – you can actually borrow one book per month.  So you can read books without purchasing them!  Currently there are over 350k books available for borrowing from Amazon’s huge inventory (the actual number changes all the time).


In order to be eligible for borrowing books for your Kindle, you must be a member of Amazon Prime.  I joined Prime a while ago because it just made financial sense.  Amazon Prime costs $75 per year.  Here are the major benefits:

Amazon Prime free 2-day shipping

Amazon Prime streaming

Amazon Prime Kindle books

What we’re looking at today is the opportunity to borrow books for your Kindle for free.  And these aren’t just old, dusty books that no one wants any more – these are popular books from all genres and categories.

Here’s the problem:  Amazon doesn’t make it easy to find the list of books available for borrowing.  Obviously, they would much rather you purchase a book, since that is how they make money.  So today I’m going to show you how to find that list of books to borrow.

Basically, you need to go to Amazon’s book section.  Then you need to filter out all of the books available with Amazon Prime benefits.  Then, from that selection, you need to filter out all of the Kindle books.  To make it easy, I made this video so you can see me doing it (see it bigger by clicking on the “Full screen” icon in the lower right corner):

 

To borrow these books, you do need to be an Amazon Prime member.  And, any books that are borrowed must be read on a Kindle device such as the Kindle reader or Kindle Fire tablet.

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jay scattergood
June 3rd, 2013

Great post, thanks. We will try to figure this deal out.