Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Can I Borrow Your Book?

Recently, Amazon opened up the Kindle to allow for book lending. It's about time that they allowed for this, since one of their direct competitors, the Barnes & Noble Nook, has had this feature for a long time. There are a few things that you need to know when it comes to book lending.

  1. A book can only be loaned if the publisher allows for it. (Don't worry, all books in the Miscorrection series will always be lendable!)

  2. You have seven days to accept a loan from the time you receive the notification that it is available.

  3. Once you have accepted a loan, you have fourteen days to read it. After this time, the book will be "returned" to the lender.

  4. If you loan out a book, you cannot read it during the loan period.

  5. You can only loan a book out once.

  6. Loans can be read on your Kindle device or on the Kindle apps that are available for various platforms.


This is all well and good, but you may be asking yourself what good is it for you. Perhaps you don't have many friends with a Kindle to loan and borrow books. Well, you're not the first person to ponder this problem. There have been several web sites set up to allow for easy lending and borrowing of books with the greatest number of people, the Internet.

The web site I am using is www.KindleLendingClub.com. The web site is very easy to use, and it is still in beta. After you setup your account, you enter in books you have for loan and ones you want to borrow. It's that simple. Then, just wait, and soon you'll be receiving emails saying your requested book has been loaned to you. And don't forget to check for those people who might want to borrow a book from you!

The one thing this has shown me is that the community is very giving. People aren't necessarily looking to trade. I've received a couple of loans without sending any in return. The more giving everyone is, the better this service becomes.

So what are you waiting for? Get loaning!