Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Shared A Good Book Lately?

Have you heard about the Amazon Prime lending program?

It works like this. Say, for example, you buy a copy of Losing Beauty, read it and recommend it to a friend. In this example your friend also has a Kindle. You can then, with a click of a button, lend Losing Beauty to your friend. From that point on the friend has fourteen days to read it (anecdotal evidence leads me to believe most readers of Losing Beauty take about three days to finish so fourteen days could almost be called excessive) ;) At the end of the fourteen days the book is returned to you, voila! So simple!!

This new lending program is Amazon's attempt to make books on people's ereaders as lendable as the ones on their shelves. Which, in my opinion, is very cool.

If you want to lend a book that you've purchased here's how to do it in four easy steps:



1. Go to the Amazon site and visit the page of the book you'd like to lend. At the top of the page you will see the following text, "Loan this book to anyone you choose."

2. Click on the "Loan this book" link. It will take you to the loan page.

3. Enter the email of the person to whom you wish to lend it. (It must be the email that their reading device is registered to: Kindle, Ipad, Iphone, etc).

4. Add a personal message if you like, and hit Send Now.

That's it!

As an author, it might seem odd that I'm encouraging you to lend my book, free of charge to other readers. But the funny thing about authors is we are readers first. I am a frequent visitor to my public library and rejoice *happy dance, sing, jump up and down* every time I hear Losing Beauty is in a library.

My goal as a writer is to connect with readers. Plain and simple. Amazon's lending program is a huge step in that direction. So read, readers, read!

P.S. I know about this open group on Facebook where lots of authors are happy to lend out their books. http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/276783892383174/

P.P.S. You might even find me there too!






17 comments:

Jacqui said...

Thanks for the explanation. I had no idea it was this simple. One more reason gone why ebooks aren't as good a print books

RachelMaryBean said...

I have a Nook, and I've loaned books to my friend in a similar way. It's pretty cool. :)

RachelMaryBean said...

ps. There's an award for you on my blog. Go check it out. :)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, this is great! I figure the more people who read you, the more of a force you have moving forward. I think this is smart of Amazon, too--it removes one of the barriers people have in their heads to eReaders. (and encourages you to buy through them, so you can lend it)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I wonder if the iBookstore has the same feature?

Glynis said...

Thanks for the info. I will try it with my friend tomorrow. I didn't realise it could be done. My Kindle is fairly new to me, and I tend to not notice these things.

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

Thanks you. I havn't read most of the books I have on my kindle. (keep saving them for emergency reads)
I am giving you a link to a very funny short story I posted as a note on out Facebook page. It's by a member of the Algonquin Round Table.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/PenAndInkBlog?sk=notes
Enjoy

Scarlett said...

I'm still reading trees, but this sounds cool, Johanna. I just wish I could get myself past the idea that ereaders feel too much like holding a piece of slate, without the chalk, in my hands. Perhaps a comforting, tactile cover would do the trick. I imagine they make those, right?

Seriously, I'm beginning to sound like my mother.

twentysomethingfictionwriter said...

Hey! Following you right back! Very good advice. I didn't know the books on Kindle were lendable. I definitely could get used to that. I need to look into Prime :)

Johanna Garth said...

Jacqui, so simple, right!

Rachel, thanks for the award!

Hart, I couldn't agree more. It's , yet another, smart move by Amazon.

Alex, I think it does.

Glynis, let me know if you run into any hitches with the process.

Pen&Ink, thanks I'll check it out.

Scarlett, I'm still addicted to trees to but am slowly learning to use Kindle on trips and when I'm out and about.

Twentysomething, welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Corina said...

One thing to note is that, at present, you can lend books ONLY ONCE. So you should be careful about that. Find a lending buddy that has your taste in books and make an agreement to lend titles to each other!

Also, to Scarlett, yes, they do make all sorts of covers for eReaders. I actually make my own because that way I get one that looks the way I want it to and I don't have to pay an arm and a leg for it! No sewing involved the way I do it.

Teresa Cypher aka T K CypherBuss said...

Thanks for instructions. It was one more thing on my list to "figure out" ;-)I found this through Ceri's blog--she linked you up. :-)

Pk Hrezo said...

It's a form of free publicity... so if we look at it that way, it doens't hurt as much. :)

kmckendry said...

Thanks for the info. I didn't know about it. Sounds great.

Sabrina A. Fish said...

My siblings and I have been lending books for awhile. I, too, will always be a reader first. It's like having the library right there inside my Kindle. I like to think of it as my way of contributing toward saving the environment. After all, I am putting fewer gas emissions into the atmosphere by not having to drive to the library. *grin*

Johanna Garth said...

Corina, so true. Thanks for pointing that out.

Teresa, so glad I could help.

PK, absolutely!

kmckendry, yay!! I love it when someone learns something from my blog :)

Sabrina, absolutely! Every book we read on Kindle saves a tree (or two).

naida said...

very cool Johanna ;)