Amazon rolls out Kindle lending support

Amazon rolls out Kindle lending support

Summary: Amazon isn't going to sit and let Barnes & Noble have features beyond what they do so today they rolled out support for lending Kindle ebooks.


Last year Barnes & Noble rolled out their Nook eReader with some unique features, including the ability to loan books to people for two weeks. Today, Amazon joined Barnes & Noble with this capability as they try to catch up with the functionality of the Nook. You can check out the Amazon help page for all the details on loaning Kindle ebooks.

As you can see on that help page, this is still a process under development as it appears you can only loan and accept loans for Kindle book through your Amazon Kindle webpage with no loan initiation or acceptance from within the Kindle devices or various Kindle applications.

The mechanics of the system work similar to the Nook system where you can offer books up for lending and the recipient has seven days to accept, they can borrow it for up to 14 days and you cannot read it during this time, and if the borrower has the book or is in a country without rights to the book you will get the book back in your library after the seven day period ends.

Websites have launched for the Nook to facilitate loaning books and I imagine we will see the same thing happen with the Kindle as well. I am still more of a Nook fan with support for free public library books.

Topics: Amazon, Hardware, Mobility

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  • RE: Amazon rolls out Kindle lending support

    I was hoping this was coming. The lack of sharing ability and inability to read encrypted EPUB files were my two biggest gripes with what I consider to be a great product.
  • RE: Amazon rolls out Kindle lending support

    You mean Kindle 'Desperate' Support.
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  • RE: Amazon rolls out Kindle lending support

    This is neat, and I will use it. What do you think of this? I can gift you the first 100 pages of a book, if you want to complete you buy the book at some reduced price, say 50% of what I paid. The transaction would be between you and amazon, I would not receive anything, except the satisfaction of turning someone on to a new book or author. I would hope that you would return the favor. Seems like a win for amazon. If amazon gave me credit towards future purchases fo every book someone purchased from my recommendation all the better for me.
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    We founded a big community on Facebook, Kindle Lending Club (2,500+ likes) and it?s very active, so much so that we?ve outgrown the Discussion board format there and we?re launching a searchable, browsable instant-match platform for our community at (beta invites now available). People are very excited about Kindle lending!