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Explore the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library

The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has more than 500,000 books to borrow, including many New York Times bestsellers, for free, without a due date. Prime members, including Amazon Fire phone users, already have access to the library, so you don’t need to sign up for the service. Let’s start browsing the lending library and borrowing some books.

You can borrow one book a month from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. If you have already borrowed a book, you are prompted to return the previous book before you can borrow another. The books you borrow are in the Amazon cloud, so you can share that book across all of your Kindle devices.

On the Home screen, swipe the left edge of the screen to the right to open the left panel. (You can also tilt the phone to the right and then back to its starting position in one motion to access the left panel.) The Books app is also located in the Carousel and the App Grid. Tap Books (see Figure 1).

The Books app opens to your book library. Swipe the left edge of the screen to the right to open the left panel. Scroll down and tap Kindle Lending Library. The lending library opens within the Kindle Bookstore.

Scroll up and down the page to review featured book categories. You can tap a category to see all the listings. Peek, or hold your Fire phone at a slight angle to the left or right, to reveal more information about the book while shopping, such as star rating and price (see Figure 2). Tap the book you want to borrow. The description page for the book opens.

Tap the appropriate button to buy the book or download a sample (see Figure 3). Book samples are downloaded only to the device and not the cloud. If you decide to borrow or buy the sampled book, the Books app prompts you to begin reading where you stopped in the sample.

Tap More Options to add the book to your wish list or purchase a print edition. Select Borrow for Free. The book begins to download and is placed in your book library on your Amazon Fire phone.

Select the option to Read Now (see Figure 4). Books borrowed from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library can only be read on Kindle devices.

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