How to Borrow Books on the Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Borrow a free ebook on any Amazon Kindle device

Amazon's line of Kindle e-readers includes tablets as well as e-readers, but they all have access to the Amazon Kindle Owners' Lending Library. The Lending Library allows Kindle owners to borrow one book at a time for free, as long as they are Amazon Prime members.

For the uninitiated, Amazon Prime provides a number of benefits for Amazon users: For $119 a year, Prime subscribers get free two-day shipping on Amazon orders and unlimited streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows. Prime membership comes with another perk: a free e-book to borrow each month.

The Amazon Kindle Owners' Lending Library

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The Kindle Lending Library does not have any due dates, so you can borrow the books for as long as you would like. According to Amazon, there are more than 3.7 million titles available for lending through the service, including more than 100 New York Times Bestsellers.

The service is available through the Kindle store on all Kindle devices. Book borrowing is pretty much the same on all devices, with some minor differences between e-readers and tablets.

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How to Borrow Free Books With the Kindle Owners' Lending Library

Follow these step-by-step instructions if you'd like to learn how to borrow a book through the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

  1. Open the the Kindle Store on your Kindle device. You will see a list of categories, such as Books, Newspapers, Magazines, Audible Audiobooks, Kindle Singles, and the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. Select Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.

  2. After opening the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, you’ll be able to browse a list of books to borrow. You’ll know that a book is eligible for borrowing because it will have a Prime badge identifying it.

  3. Select Borrow. Once you pick a book, you will see a Buy tab and a Borrow for Free tab. Select the latter option to borrow the title.

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