Originally Posted by cybmole
I thought marketing spam was banned here!
the only pertinent fact in the above is your estimate of 55k books available on zero cost, but only for kindle hardware owners who also subscribe to prime ( kindle for pc is excluded)
That is not true. The books that are available at the $0.00 purchase price, are free for anybody independent from prime membership. It is correct that you have to have a Kindle linked to your account to be able to purchase any kindle books - but that kindle can be an app or physical kindle including kindle for pc.
The Kindle Owners Lending Library is merely a benefit of a prime member ship. That one is geographically limited (but not only to the us anymore) and available only on certain (hardware) kindles. Heavy limitations on book lending is a sign to me that the KOLL is not the main reason for prime to have. The expedited and free shipping and unlimited streaming of many movie / tv shows is already worth the fee. If all you do through Amazon is e-ink-Kindle and nothing else, don't waste your money on prime.