Jennifer Gilby Roberts

Women's Fiction/Chick Lit Author

Amazon for Readers

on May 19, 2014

Here are a few Amazon programmes you may not be aware of:

Anyone signed up to Amazon Prime can borrow one Kindle book a month for free.  Not all books are available – they have to be in a programme called KDP Select.  Free trials of Prime are available.  There’s no return date on the book, but you have to return it before you can borrow another.

Apparently, to search the available books you need to use the keywords ‘prime eligible‘ in your search.  I’ve tried it and it seems to work, but I can’t guarantee it’s bringing up every book.

At the moment, The Dr Pepper Prophecies, After Wimbledon and Early Daze are all available for Prime borrowing.

Anyone (not just Prime members) can lend a Kindle book they have bought to a friend free of charge for 14 days (so long as the book’s publisher has allowed this option).  They don’t need a Kindle to borrow it, just a Kindle app.

All my works are available for lending.

If you’ve bought a paperback version of a book, you may be able to get the Kindle version for cheap or free.  “Matchbook” is quite a new programme and only available in the US at the moment (boo).  Membership is optional, so not all books are part of it, but it’s always worth checking.

TDPP, After Wimbledon and Early Daze are all part of Matchbook.

A new addition, AmazonCart is fatal to all bookaholics active on Twitter.  Basically, when you see a tweet about a book you want to read that includes an Amazon link, if you reply to it with #AmazonCart (#AmazonBasket in the UK), the book gets added to your cart/basket on Amazon.  First, you need to link your Twitter account to Amazon.  Probably one to avoid if you’re trying to cut down on your spending.

You can now add your Amazon book purchases direct to Goodreads.  The button is on your Goodreads home page.

Have I missed anything good?  Leave a comment and let me know.

2 responses to “Amazon for Readers

  1. karenh43 says:

    Amazon Prime membership is a valuable tool for shoppers and for readers. Here’s a Kindle program you may not have known about:

    Kindle First is a program that offers customers early access to new Kindle books across popular genres from Amazon Publishing.
    • Prime members are automatically eligible for Kindle First.
    • Every month Prime members can enjoy one of the four books selected by Amazon Publishing editors for free.
    • Kindle First books can be read on any Kindle device or free Kindle reading app and become part of customers’ permanent libraries.
    • Prime members can sign up to receive a monthly e-mail announcing new Kindle First picks.
    Please also note:
    • Kindle First is available to US customers only.
    • Prime invitees are not eligible for free downloads.
    • Kindle First books downloaded for free cannot be returned.
    • Customers who have previously opted out of all Amazon e-mails will not receive the monthly e-mail announcing new Kindle First picks. If you would like to update your E-mail Preferences, you can do so by visiting Your Account.

    The above is taken directly from Amazon Kindle First page. Just go to your Amazon email subscription page and sign up for the emails. Be sure to read all your Amazon emails because it’s not really obvious what the email contains by the subject. I know I missed a lot of freebies because I didn’t pay attention and deleted Amazon emails as something I wasn’t interested in. But this is a great program. Anyone with an Amazon Prime account should take the time to explore their website, especially anything to do with Kindle.

    Happy Reading!

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