Around this time last year, Amazon announced the launch of its Kindle Owners' Lending Library, a service that allows Kindle owners with Amazon Prime to borrow books for their Kindle for free. Today, the company announced that the Kindle Owners' Lending Library would soon arrive in the United Kingdom, as well as France and Germany. This means anyone with an Amazon Prime subscription will have the ability to borrow up to one book per month with no due dates.
"The Kindle Owners' Lending Library was launched less than a year ago in the US and customers are loving it," said Russ Grandinetti, Vice President of Kindle Content.
"It's also been great for independent authors, who get to reach a whole new audience and make money in a new way, and now they'll be able to reach even more readers around the world. We're excited to bring the lending library to the UK, Germany and France."
Users will have access to 200,000 titles including thousands of local-language titles and all seven Harry Potter books in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Additionally, Kindle Direct Publishing users that have signed up for KDP Select will have an opportunity to earn money every time their book is borrowed thanks to the KDP Select fund. The KDP Select fund was increased by $100,000 to $700,000 in October, and Amazon says a larger increase anticipated in November.
The Kindle Owners' Lending Library will launch in the UK, France, and Germany later this month.