Jan 4 2011
Kindle launched digital lending this last week. Note: I had both the nook and Kindle lending terms wrong so this post has been corrected to reflect the accurate terms
14 day lending period. The recipient has 7 days to accept the borrowed book and the 14 day lending period begins upon the acceptance. You can lend a book only once.
14 day lending period. Lendee has one week to “open” or acknowledge receipt. Once opened, the 14 day
clock for lending begins. More here from commenter Joy.
The problem is that few books are lendable. Of my 400+ Kindle books, only a handful are lendable. I decided to contact different publishers to find out what their status is on lendability. Here’s a handy chart:
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I hope this changes over time. The lending feature is so restrictive that I can’t see it accounting for a lost sale and by offering lending, you are making a digital book have more value.
How do you use digital lending?
On the Kindle
On the Kindle, there are a couple of places to discern whether a book is lendable. First, if you own the book and it is lendable, it says so on the top of the product page:
To lend, you must go to MANAGE YOUR KINDLE page, and scroll to the YOUR ORDERS section. A listing of your purchases exist. There is a small + sign next to the title. Click on it and you will see an expanded information box. If your title is loanable, it will have a “Loan This Book” button:
As far as I can see, you can’t lend via the Kindle device or any of the apps.
On the nook.
On the product page, look to the left of the cover to see if the book is lendable:
Lending on the nook is much simpler, you can lend directly from the device by going to the Library section of your device and touching “lend me”. You then enter an email address and send. This works on the BN for PC app but not for the Mac or any of the BN Apps.
From your BN.com Account page, the lendable books have a small “Lend Me” icon underneath the product description. Clicking on that button leads you through a simple lending process.