Kindle owners listen up. Amazon’s got a sweet deal. In addition to all the books they offer for free through their website, they also have a Lending Library that is free for Prime members. This lets you get your hands on some of the hottest titles without having to wait for them to go on sale.
That’s right. By being an Amazon Prime Member, you get access to books for free. Borrow what you like and keep it as long as you want. Unlike the public library, you won’t be fined for returning that Bestseller late. It’s like having your own virtual library.
Here’s how the service works:
- Own a Kindle Device. The service works with all generations. If you’re planning on buying on for the holidays, make sure you pass along this information to the recipient of your gift.
- Sign Up for Prime Membership. In addition to getting free two-day shipping on millions of items, you’ll also get access to over 10,000 movies and TV shows. You can even take advantage of an Amazon Prime free trial.
- Read Books for Free. There are over 5,000 titles to choose from, including more than 100 current and former New York Times Bestsellers, available to you through Amazon’s Lending Library. You can borrow up to one a month with no due dates.
Sample Titles to Choose From
Some sample titles that you can choose from include:
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
- The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desi
- Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
- The Big Short by Michael Lewis
- The Everything Soup, Stew, and Chili Cookbook by Belinda Hulin
- We Are All Weird by Seth Godin
Costs of Prime Membership
You get your first month of Prime Membership free. After that, you will be billed just $79 a year. Two-day delivery can be very expensive and during times where you need your item quickly, you’ll appreciate being a member of Amazon Prime. In addition to faster service, you can also take the Lending Library for a test drive. Considering many titles range from $9.99 to $22.99, you’ll save yourself a bundle by borrowing books instead of buying them. Best of all you get the portability and convenience of being able to read them on your Kindle. Now how’s that for being frugal!
Having an eReader has its advantages. You can carry hundreds of books in the device without any hassle. This is ideal when you’re required to travel light or want to take something to read to the beach. The Kindle is now $79, the Kindle Touch and Kindle Keyboard are $99, and the newest version, the Kindle Fire is $199 making it a very affordable gift to give any time of year. If you’ve already got a Kindle, give Amazon Prime a try and see if it’s right for you.
Charissa is into frugal living and saving money.