Sharing books now possible with Kindle

By on December 31, 2010
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Users can now lend books for free to other Kindle owners.

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What’s more pleasurable than reading a good book? Sharing it, of course. Thankfully, Amazon has realized this deficiency with its Kindle e-book reader (which btw has become Amazon’s best selling product of all time). Kindle users can now share books across to other Kindles, and also to any other device that has the Kindle software.

Lending a book is a simple process: users can share a book by going into the “Manage Your Kindle” section of their website, expand the details of the book, and click the “Loan this book button”. They will be then asked to enter the recipient’s email address, who then has seven days to accept your offer. The recipient then has two weeks to read the book before it is automatically returned to the original owner. Like in real life, the original owner can not read the book while it has been lent to a friend.

There are bunch of restrictions, however. Amazon has provided publishers to disable the share feature if they want. Also, even if the publisher allows sharing their books, the book can only be lent out a single time before the feature is locked.  Amazon’s also mentions that sharing of books can only be done through their website and not from the Kindle itself. It would be great if sharing was possible through the device itself as it would be much easier to share books among friends and family, but I guess that’s for the next update.

Source: Amazon.


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