You probably know that you can download thousands of Kindle eBooks free of charge from the Bookstore. But did you know that Amazon have just introduced Kindle book lending? It works similarly to LendMe on the Nook eBook reader. Here are some key features:
- Loan expires automatically after 14 days, and the eBook is returned to the lender.
- The lender will not be able to read the eBook during the loan period.
- Borrowed eBook may be read on PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Free Apps are available for these devices. There are no Apps currently for Nook, Nookcolor, Palm or Nokia devices. Check out our Top eBook Readers Comparison.
- About half of all Kindle eBook titles are lendable, depending upon publisher permission. Lendable books are marked in two ways:
- At the Kindle store, the words “Lending: Enabled” appear in the “Product Details” section of the Product Details page, If you are logged in, the link labelled “Loan this Book” is displayed at the top of the product page.
- On the Kindle (or Kindle App), in the Your Orders section in Manage Your Kindle, click the “+” symbol next to a title to reveal additional information about the title. If lending is enabled, you’ll see a Loan this book button next to the product image.
To initiate the loan the lender, click on the link or the button labelled “Loan this Book”. Next, enter the borrower’s email, other optional information, and click send now. The recipient will receive a notification email, allowing a free download of the loaned book even if they do not yet have a Kindle or Kindle reading application. The recipient will receive a reminder three days before the end of the 14 day loan period, unless they have “returned” the book by deleting the Title in the Manage Your Kindle section.
Note that currently this facility is limited to Borrowers and Lenders based in the US.
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