Own a Kindle from Amazon? Are you a member of the Amazon Prime program? Then prepare to enter the world of Harry Potter for free.
Amazon announced this morning that beginning June 19 all seven of the Harry Potter books will be available for free from the Kindle Lending Library. Under this system, Kindle owners that also subscribe to Amazon Prime – $79 a year – can borrow any title from over 145,000 that are available. Customers can borrow one book at a time, and they can check out the same book as frequently as once a month. If your family happens to own more than one Kindle, everyone in the family can read the same book as well without any issues.
To date, the only way to read the best-selling series was by purchasing the books directly from Pottermore, the Harry Potter centric site that author J.K. Rowling launched last year. This new exclusive that Amazon has signed with Rowling marks an interesting milestone in the digital history of this series of novels.
All 7 Harry Potter eBooks Coming to Kindle Owners' Lending Library
Read all of J.K. Rowling's iconic Harry Potter series for free on your Kindle
Kindle Owners' Lending Library now includes more than 145,000 books, including over 100 current and former New York Times Best Sellers
SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May. 10, 2012– Owning a Kindle just got a whole lot better for magic-loving Muggles. StartingJune 19,Amazon.com(NASDAQ:AMZN) is adding all seven Harry Potter books (in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish) to the Kindle Owners'Lending Library(KOLL). Harry Potter is the all-time best-selling book series in history, andAmazonhas purchased an exclusive license from J.K. Rowling's Pottermore to make the addition of these titles possible. The Kindle Owners'Lending Libraryis a benefit of Amazon Prime membership—Prime members also enjoy free two-day shipping on millions of items and unlimited streaming of more than 17,000 movies and TV episodes. The Kindle Owners'Lending Libraryhas now grown to over 145,000 books that can be borrowed for free as frequently as once a month, with no due dates.
"We're absolutely delighted to have reached this agreement with Pottermore. This is the kind of significant investment in the Kindle ecosystem that we'll continue to make on behalf of Kindle owners," saidJeff Bezos, founder and CEO ofAmazon.com. "Over a year, borrowing the Harry Potter books, plus a handful of additional titles, can alone be worth more than the$79cost of Prime or a Kindle. The Kindle Owners'Lending Libraryalso has an innovative feature that's of great benefit for popular titles like Harry Potter – unlimited supply of each title – you never get put on a waiting list."
The Kindle Owners'Lending Librarynow features over 145,000 books to borrow for free, including over 100 current and formerNew York TimesBest Sellers. With traditional library lending, the library buys a certain number of eBook copies of a particular title. If all of those are checked out, readers have to get on a waiting list. For popular titles like Harry Potter, the wait can sometimes be months. With the Kindle Owners'Lending Library, there are no due dates, books can be borrowed as frequently as once a month, and there are no limits on how many people can simultaneously borrow the same title—so readers never have to wait in line for the book they want.
Just as with any other Kindle book, your notes, highlights and bookmarks in borrowed books will be saved, so you'll have them later if you purchase or re-borrow the book. Books are borrowed from a Kindle device, and customers can have one book out at a time. When customers want to borrow a new book, any borrowed book can easily be returned right from their device. To learn more about the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, visit www.amazon.com/kindleownerslendinglibrary. To learn about all the additional benefits included with Amazon Prime, or to start an Amazon Prime free trial, visit www.amazon.com/kindleprime.
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