Amazon.com Launches Lending Feature for Kindle Ebooks

Posted on December 30, 2010

Amazon.com has launched a feature that lets you lend certain Kindle books. You can read about Kindle lending here on Amazon.com. Amazon.com says books can be lent for up to 14 days. Only eligible Kindle books can be lent. The publisher has to make the book available for lending.
Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle -- Kindle books can also be read using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Not all books are lendable -- it is up to the publisher or rights holder to determine which titles are eligible for lending. The lender will not be able to read the book during the loan period.
Electronista reports that some major publishers are not making books eligible for lending. Electronista says some Avon, Hachette, Harlequin and Penguin titles are not available for lending. This is not a huge surprise as publishers tend to want to sell books not give them away.
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