I am soooooooo late to the party with this one, but I’m happy about learning it, so I’m sharing my joy. Let’s start with the basics. Do you:
- own a Kindle?
- Use Amazon Prime?
- Enjoy books published by independent and/or small press authors?
- Like to support indie authors but don’t have a big entertainment budget?
DID YOU KNOW: if you answered yes to all those questions, there’s a program that’s perfect for you? It’s called the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library (KOLL).
You can download 1 free read per month straight to your Kindle, for free, AND the author gets a per-page-read payment. That’s right. You pick from a ton of great Kindle books (like, say, one of MY titles) read it for free on your Kindle, AND the author gets money.
Everyone wins, right? You can support an author you like every month with it just by reading a book. Seems too good to be true, but IT IS TRUE!
The main catch seems to be that the title has to also be in Kindle Unlimited, but hey, there are a LOT of those. Including my sorta-romances and the big single-edition version of the Stories of the Restoration. Just saying.
Do you want to know how it works? I did, so I hunted down details. There’s an official how-to video on this Amazon page How to Borrow a Kindle Book through KOLL. That was enough to get me started. I brought up the Kindle store on my Kindle, looked up a book by title & author, and one touch later, it was downloading. Yay, reading!
Want to know more? Here’s a site with more information and a nice comparison of this KOLL program and Kindle Unlimited: Some useful details about KOLL. It’s a little out of date–there’s now Prime Borrowing to complicate matters, for one thing–but it has a bunch of basics.