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Kindle book lending quietly goes live

updated 11:10 am EST, Thu December 30, 2010

Amazon turns on Kindle book lending

Amazon today quietly turned on Kindle book lending. The feature promised earlier mimics that of the Nook and lets users share a book once for two full weeks. The original owner's access to the book is temporarily revoked, but the feature works on both the Kindle reader and all apps.

Loans are free, but eligibility depends on the publisher and for now may exclude major publishers. Early reports have emerged that some Avon, Hachette, Harlequin and Penguin titles aren't available to borrow. More titles are likely to go live as authors either grant rights or publishers change policies.

Lending for now requires using the account page and isn't built into apps, although it's likely Amazon will add built-in lending support in the future.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. ClickSpace

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    MockingJay

    I'm just commenting here because I think The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, and MockingJay are one of the best books I've ever read.

    Three cheers to Suzanne Collins!

  1. tqwhite

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    Joined: Dec 2010

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    RIPOFF

    Lending books is one of the main elements of value for both a book buyer and for the culture. With huge profit margins, their idea of replacing the lending value they took from us is to let us lend in ONCE for TWO WEEKS!!

    The e-book publishers are ripping us off terribly. Not only is this a huge reduction in value but it is practically useless. Few working parents I know have any possibility of finishing any decent sized book in two weeks.

    I can live with the one-at-a-time restriction, that's what books are about. I could even live with a numerical restriction that is reasonable. This however, is insulting.

    Of course, we have no hope. There is obvious collusion among these publishers. They will force every family to buy every book an extra time for every family member that wants to be involved in the family culture. It's a crime.

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