Last week the world was enraptured by the announcement of the Kindle Lending Library. “It’s Netflix! For Books!”
It IS Netflix for books.
If Netflix lets you check out one movie a month. And that one movie is Timecop.
I realise that I am not your average reader, but even an average reader is going to want something more up-to-date than The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The Hunger Games. In their language announcing the KLL, Amazon touted the fact that you could borrow “bestsellers.” They neglected to tell you those bestsellers would be from 1993.
Most of the books on offer have been either in the Giveaway pile forever or retailed for Kindle at $5.00 or less. Since the Prime Membership is $79/year and you can only borrow one book a month it’s actually fairly easy for you to lose money on the deal.
Now I should be nice and admit that Jeff gave me a month’s free trial and so I’m not out of pocket anything on this. But I am not going to upgrade. Perhaps someday Amazon will be able to work out something with publishers where your One Book A Month choice includes frontlist bestsellers from this week as opposed to those books that topped the charts back when I was planning my wedding.