I've been tempted by Amazon Prime a few times... free two day shipping... then they started offering free streaming videos... now they have a KINDLE LENDING LIBRARY? Yes please.
Amazon Prime also allows you to include 4 additional accounts under one subscription. So - if I pay $79 for myself for a year, I can also give my sister, mother, father and one other lucky recipient a subscription as a Christmas gift. (I have emailed my best friend's little sister and asked her to do some snooping as to whether my best friend already has Amazon Prime... which I don't think they do.)
$79 shelled out.
The thing I'm most impressed with is The Kindle Lending Library. Not just a neat concept, but it's actually got a really good selection of books you can download and read for free. I have yet to read through all 5,267 free books - but here are a few that caught my eye on the first few pages.
The Hunger Games Trilogy
Water For Elephants
Moneyball, The Blind Side, Liar's Poker, The Big Short (all by Michael Lewis)
My Horizontal Life
I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell
The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The God Delusion (and a bunch of Richard Dawkins books)
Guns, Germs and Steel
Fast Food Nation
PS, I Love You
The 5 Love Languages (wasn't there a thread about that here recently?)
Also in the lending library are a TON of books about religion, a TON of books about how to self publish, and a TON of books about how to lose weight (Chapter one: cocaine.)
The streaming TV shows and movie's didn't really impress me... but I didn't buy it for that. They've got all the seasons of Arrested Development, Gray's Anatomy, and some movies I've heard of but haven't seen (Knotting Hill was high on their list of 'NOW ON INSTANT STREAM!')
Thought I'd share that with you hooligans - as - if you and four people you'd be spending money buying Christmas presents for own a Kindle or frequently shop on Amazon - it's a damn good price.
I had a free Prime membership last year for having a .edu email address, then this time around they offered me Prime for half off ($39). I don't get the extra people on the account, but I don't really need it. The shipping has paid for itself, especially when I was antsy for my Kindle.
The Instant Video is about the same selection as on Netflix's Watch Instantly, and far more of a hassle to find things since you can't make a queue (or at least, I haven't figured it out yet).
I haven't tried the lending library yet, but its on my list.
So I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you order bunches of stuff from Amazon, have a Kindle and want their lending program, and don't have Netflix, then its a great deal.
I'm glad it works for ya, RS!
I did something stupid. Ordered a Kindle and gave it as a gift. Apparently, I was supposed to click some stuff at purchase and didn't do it. Now, I'm buying books for this dude left and right. I saw on the Amazon site that I can tell him to deregister it from the Kindle and re-register his own acct, but is this something that I can do for him via Amazon? I'd appreciate any advice.
Funny. O.A. - I bought one for Mrs. for Christmas and a few days later saw all these charges from her on my card. That's my damn videogame and entertainment budget card! You don't fuck with that! I grabbed that thing and re-registered it to her account.
Advice? Slip him/her a roofie. After he/she is passed out take possession of the Kindle and de-registered. If this is someone you've always secretly fantasized about, here's your chance.
To register or deregister your Kindle:
If you are not already on the Home screen, press the "Home" button.
Press the "Menu" button. Make sure that Whispernet is turned on.
Move the 5-way down until "Settings" is underlined and press to select.
Press the 5-way to select "register" or "deregister" from the Settings screen.
If you're registering Kindle, enter your Amazon.com user name and password (the e-mail address and password associated with your Amazon account) using the keyboard.
Navigate the 5-way to select "OK" to finish the process or "Cancel" to abort.
Looks like you have to maybe get the person on the phone and help walk them through. I couldn't find anything that said you can do it through the web without the Kindle in hand.
Maybe I was wrong... It looks like if you sign into your amazon account the gift Kindle should appear on it and allow you to manage it, including deactivation. Worse comes to worse you can call Amazon customer service. Until the mention of Beck I didn't realize the seriousness of your problem
Ah, yes, the Glenn Beck books I bought. And I already got the hardbacks for Christmas! And a speech about how being charged for going outside your insurance carrier's physician network is socialism. The fun never stops at our place, even at Christmastime. Don't get me wrong, I don't care what voodoo anybody wants to worship. I just don't want to hear about it.
I looked around on Amazon but missed that..thanks for posting it. I'll give it a whirl.
I just gave a Kindle Fire for Christmas, and so far it's been a very well spent $300. Thanks Bored, all your glowing reviews helped make that decision. I had no problems with incorrect credit card charges, but I only had them perform a minimal setup on the device when I picked it up from Best Buy.