A while back I realized that somewhere along the way, my Kindle 3 device had been stolen. I discovered this due to someone buying a Kindle book on my Amazon account (I hadn’t even taken the Kindle with me anywhere recently, since I was already lugging around an iPad for work). I deactivated the Kindle and hoped that it might be returned to me, but not very much. While greatly irritated I mostly wasn’t concerned; I have that iPad’s Kindle app to use in the meantime until I get around to replacing it.
But…I finally found a reason for liking the Kindle device over the iPad: it’s the only device Amazon allows users to borrow books from the lending library from. Prime members cannot borrow books onto their iPads or even onto Amazon’s Cloud Reader.
I understand the reasoning behind it: there has to be some advantage to actually buying a Kindle instead of an iPad (the light weight and a week-long battery life is enough for me, personally).
But as a Prime subscriber I wind up feeling like I’ve paid for something I can’t use, and like I’m being punished because someone stole something from me.
So, Amazon, I’ll reiterate the request that I gave you before, and to which you sent me a poorly-written note explaining that the reason is because it’s an “automated process” (no shit, the request is for you to automate it for other devices/apps): make Kindle lending available through Cloud Reader. I’ll even sit through a banner ad or two on the side if I must.
Or alternatively: turn off the %@&$!ing setting that keeps telling me that books are $0.00. It’s annoying because a lot of Kindle books really legitimately ARE free, but to think I can get a book free only to find that I can’t because I can’t borrow it because of your silly setup is VERY irksome.