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Is there anywhere on Amazon where I can see a list of the books I've borrowed through the Kindle Owners Lending Library?

I've only just now begun to realise that with the books gone from both the cloud and my Kindle, as time goes on, I've got no way to remember what I've borrowed.

Since I normally sample, I suppose I can hope I'll realise I've read something before, but sometimes when books are on temporary deals like the KDD, I'll just buy it even if I haven't got time to sample. Bad enough to waste a borrow on something I've already read, but buying it would be adding insult to injury ....

Other than maintaining a list myself, which I'm far too lazy busy to do, is there a way to keep track?
 

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As far as I know, no...only the current book is shown under "loans."

I'm going to create a Shelfari list.

Although another option would be to create a second wish list to store the titles on.

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I was thinking it was still listed there with a 'prime' logo next to it even after it was returned. . . but I guess not. :( 

I wonder if you borrow it a second time if they'll say you borrowed it once before?
 

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I have a shelf on goodreads for that. In Manage your kindle, it only shows your current prime loan, all the ones before are gone. Unlike library loans, which if I don't return them early, stay in my record. I think its the returning part that makes them go poof. You don't have to return library books, they'll just expire. But you have to return a prime loan in order to get the next.

But if you go to your https://kindle.amazon.com it shows all the books you own read and rated. On there it shows me all the prime loans I have read so far. But it doesn't mark them as having been prime loans. Just like it doesn't mark which ones I borrowed from the library. So they are all mixed together. But you can leave a note or highlight on the book page and not make them public. But you don't see those unless you click on the book.

I think I'll stick with goodreads. :D
 

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

I do already maintain a wishlist of books available for prime lending, so I guess the easiest thing to do would be to have an 'already borrowed' wish list and just transfer the book from one list to the other as I borrow it.

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I wonder if you borrow it a second time if they'll say you borrowed it once before?
You'd think so, wouldn't you? Unlike other products, it doesn't even say on the Kindle books product pages if you've purchased the book before, nevermind borrowed it - though I believe it does warn you if you try to buy it again, so maybe.....never going to know the answer though, until it happens. :-\
 

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Linjeakel said:
Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

I do already maintain a wishlist of books available for prime lending, so I guess the easiest thing to do would be to have an 'already borrowed' wish list and just transfer the book from one list to the other as I borrow it.

You'd think so, wouldn't you? Unlike other products, it doesn't even say on the Kindle books product pages if you've purchased the book before, nevermind borrowed it - though I believe it does warn you if you try to buy it again, so maybe.....never going to know the answer though, until it happens. :-\
Linjeakel, I wonder if no warning is a UK anomaly? I usually browse only from my computer, and all my kindle books show a "you already purchased this book on such-and-such a date" in a banner across the top of the product page. Or if I try to purchase a book a second time from the device itself (where there is no warning banner), a message comes up something like "we already show this book in your Kindle library" and the sale does not go through.

I do know that borrowed books do NOT have such a banner and can be purchased. Folks often want a permanent copy of something they have borrowed and enjoyed, but I don't know if you would get a similar warning about having previouly borrowed when you are using the prime lending program. I would bet not...
 

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Linjeakel, I wonder if no warning is a UK anomaly?
I've actually tested it out now and I think I know what the problem is so far as the purchase warning is concerned - it is a UK anomaly in a way. When I first had my Kindle there was no UK store and I had to purchase my device and books from the US store. Once the UK store opened I moved my account there. Any books I purchased from the US site don't show up as having been bought before when I view them now on the UK site. All the books I've purchased from the UK site do have a warning. When I browse on the US site - the opposite is true! :eek:

I can understand in some ways why they don't warn you if you've previously borrowed a book you're trying to purchase - they don't want to miss a sale - but I don't see why they can't have the same warning at the top of the page - they probably haven't even thought of it. Might be time for some feedback comments! ;D
 

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Linjeakel said:
I can understand in some ways why they don't warn you if you've previously borrowed a book you're trying to purchase - they don't want to miss a sale - but I don't see why they can't have the same warning at the top of the page - they probably haven't even thought of it. Might be time for some feedback comments! ;D
I agree. . . . a notice that you borrowed it and when. I'd even be o.k. with a link that said something like, "want to buy it now?"

Or a notice when you go to borrow it that you've already done so once, and asking if you'd like to buy it instead.
 

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When you return a KOLL book, you get sent a small document titled "[Returned] Book's Title". Inside this document it tells you the date you returned it. I keep those files on my Kindle in the related genre collection as well as in a collection called KOLL so I can see what I have borrowed. This reminds me, I need to get with it--I totally missed borrowing a December book, and haven't gotten around to borrowing one for January yet!
 

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When you return a KOLL book, you get sent a small document titled "[Returned] Book's Title". Inside this document it tells you the date you returned it. I keep those files on my Kindle in the related genre collection as well as in a collection called KOLL so I can see what I have borrowed. This reminds me, I need to get with it--I totally missed borrowing a December book, and haven't gotten around to borrowing one for January yet!
Really? I've never seen such a document - does it appear on your Kindle or is it an email or something else?
 

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When I look at books that are on my kindle, ones i've borrowed through prime and returned show up with "returned" next to them. This is on a regular kindle, I don't know if it's the same on other devices like the fire.
 

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When I look at books that are on my kindle, ones i've borrowed through prime and returned show up with "returned" next to them. This is on a regular kindle, I don't know if it's the same on other devices like the fire.
I've always removed mine from the Kindle befor I've returned them - I assumed it would remove them automatically anyway, rather than leave them as marked 'returned'. That would only help as long as you had the Kindle though, as you wouldn't be able to reload them on a future device.
 

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I returned the books without removing them first. The book is removed from the Kindle, then the file marked "[Returned]" is sent as a new item. Maybe you didn't get them since you had already removed the books before doing the return....
 
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