Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ebook Lending

Amazon quietly announced, at the end of Dec, that they will begin allowing customers to share their electronic purchased books once with friends for a period of no longer than 14 Days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle.  Kindle books can be read on Kindle or using free Kindle reading applications.  Not all books are available for sharing and you are still refrained from manually sending files to others due to embedded encryptions.  And just like any other regular book, the original owner will not be able to read their book while it's out on loan.  Of course Nook customers already had this option for sometime now.

Still, this is just another great reason to jump on the ereader bandwagon.  I love the convenience and portability of my Kindle.  I've saved so much time, money, and apartment/luggage space since buying my first Kindle a little over a year ago.  I also feel great that I'm playing some small part in saving the environment.  Definitely a great investment.

For more information on how to loan Kindle books, go Here.
The topic discussion can also be viewed Here.
Lending Sites: Booklends,  Kindle Lending ClubBooks 4 My Kindle 

What's Loanable?
There are couple of ways to find out if a book is loanable.  You can check on the Top of the Product Page of an already purchased book, where it will contain a "Lend this Book" button. 

You can also check the lending status of any book by going to a Book's Product Details info area, which is a quarter the way down the page. If you see the text "Lending: Enabled" the book is loanable. Unfortunately, there is currently no easy way to search through loanable books. 

You can also find out if your previous purchased books are loanable, by going to "Manage Your Kindle" and expanding on the book's details button (+).

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