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Amazon Kindle lending library to close down in early 2021


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I am a HUGE Kindle user but I have never felt a need to "loan" any of the books I have actually paid for beyond my Kindle Unlimited subscription. Fortunately anyone, family or friend, that I know has the where with all to pay for a Kindle Unlimited subscription or a Kindle book. If I am a sampling, I can see why they are eliminating the service.

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If you're looking for a great deal on library e-books, you need to go no further than the Livingston Municipal Library.  A library card/account there gives you access to an enormous online library of books.  Sure, we buy e-books regularly, but we also download library books for free.  The library's consortium uses an app called OneDrive and the lending library behind it is extensive.

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14 hours ago, ROUS said:

The library's consortium uses an app called OneDrive and the lending library behind it is extensive.

I think the library probably uses an app called "OverDrive" not OneDrive which is Microsoft's cloud storage. Yes, libraries can be a source for e-books and Overdrive is at the top of the list as a free e-book source.

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i once down loaded a couple of (paid for) ebooks. i think paper is better. the back lit screens hurt my eyes, even on this puter. can only take so much of it then must close them till the light goes out and only dark is seen.

i love reading, and own enough paper to prove it, gone are the days of the used book stores. i was a reg customer in two or three of them.

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We are heavy users of our free public library ebook lending privileges. We use Overdrive to borrow the books in Kindle format. It requires a prime membership, but there has never been any charge. I know that some books in the system are available in other ebook formats. Reading this, I am wondering whether we will still be able to use the kindle reader.

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The program that Amazon is dropping is an older 2011 one that has been little used since the Prime Reading program started in 2016. Nothing else will be lost, just the one book a month limited selection borrowing that was included in the old program. The newer Prime Reading program includes thousands more books, magazines, etc., and is NOT being dropped. The public library lending programs are completely separate from either of these programs and will not be affected, nor do they require Prime membership.

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