Kindle Lending Club Is A Library Of User-Contributed Kindle Ebooks

Instead of buying new content for your Kindle, Kindle Lending Club lets you search for users willing to lend their Kindle ebooks to anyone with the desire to read.

It's easy pulling a book off a shelf and lending it to a friend, but until recently it was much harder to lend an ebook. Thanks to Amazon's recent addition of Kindle lending, however, you can easily borrow or lend a book to family or friends for 14 days.

Kindle Lending Club is a great way to share books free with the largest community possible—the web. Users without Kindles should note it's not necessary for them to own a device in order to borrow an ebook since Amazon has provided Kindle applications for Windows/Mac, and OS/Android/BlackBerry/Windows Phone 7 owners.

Currently publishers have to enable lending, so not all ebooks are available to be shared. Hopefully we'll continue to see the quality and quantity of shared books rise, and the number of users willing to share them.

Kindle Lending Club | via Justin Blanton


Comments

    Hopefully this fixes that hole in the digital book wallet

    I am intrigued. A great marketing opportunity for Kindle given it will encourage people to purchase a Kindle knowing that perhaps their friend can lend them their book.

    In fact this method of electronic lending would be far more useful and probably encourage more lending simply because lending physical books had its problems - you had to actually find the book, then find a time to give it to your friend, and in the back of your mind wondering whether your friend will accidentally spill coffee onto it, or accidentally leave it out on the porch after a good read in the sun - only to have it rain after.

    This would be simple - just CTRL+F to find your book, then click a button or so and bam! Lent! :D And I am assuming automatic reversion to the original owner after those 14 days so there's none of that "I'll give it back to you later" worries.

    Amazon have worked hard to make owning a kindle much like owning a book (except for the obvious fact that you can carry 3,500 books in your kindle). Offering a lending library is a perfect marketing ploy for it breaks down another barrier in the minds of those who resist technology.

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