How to Browse the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

by Michael on November 25, 2011 · 16 comments

Do you own a Kindle e-reader? If so, have you heard about Amazon’s new Kindle Owners’ Lending Library? This new program allows Amazon Prime members to borrow up to one Kindle book per month — for free, and with no due dates.

Pretty cool, huh?

The primary limitation is that you have to use an actual Kindle — not just a Kindle app on a non-Amazon device.

The other limitation is that the content selection isn’t great. While Amazon has over nearly 1.1 million Kindle-compatible titles, the Lending Library has just over 5k titles. Not great, but it’s free, so it’s hard to complain.

But with so few titles eligible for free lending, what’s the best way of finding them? Sure, you could search for titles of interest in hopes that they’re part of the program. But with less than 0.5% of all Kindle titles being “borrow-able,” this is an exercise in frustration.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could browse through the eligible titles? Well, it turns out that you can, though it’s not obvious how. Here’s the scoop:

  1. Navigate to the front page
  2. Select “Books” from the pulldown menu next to the search box
  3. Don’t enter any search terms, just click the “Go” button
  4. On the resulting search results page, select “Kindle Edition” under “Format
  5. Finally, select the “Prime Eligible” checkbox

The end result is a browsable listing of all eligible titles, which can be further narrowed down by selecting additional criteria.

That’s it, very easy. And yes, there are some decent books available as part of this program — as well as some real stinkers. But they’re free, so it’s definitely worth checking out what they have to offer.

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