Amazon add 'lending' feature to Kindle

25 October 2010

Kindle One of the drawbacks about the new era of e-reading is that if you’re reading a book on a Kindle, you can’t lend it to a friend once you’ve finished it. That is, unless you lend them the whole Kindle, and WHY would you ever do that?

Well, that modern problem will soon be solved before it’s even had the chance to get a grip on society. Amazon have announced that Kindle users will soon be able to ‘lend’ books to other Kindle users for a maximum of 14 days.

As with the lending of a conventional book, while the book is being loaned, the owner won’t be able to access it on their device. The book will only be allowed to be loaned to any given Kindle owner on one occasion as well and Amazon have announced that authors and publishers have the chance to opt out of the feature.

Positively though, it won’t come back with a creased spine or piece of dried snot stuck to page 62.

[Mashable]

TOPICS:   Gadgets   Technology

8 comments

  • PaulH
    What is it with page 62 and having snot on it
  • FFS
    While giving authors and publishers the chance to opt out sucks, it's quite pleasing to see someone addressing the issue of such things as being able to 'loan a friend a copy' legitimately. Smart move Amazon.
  • parpparp
    Amazon should grow a pair and make lending mandatory as otherwise publishers will just opt out as they have a monopoly on each book.
  • zeddy
    I still prefer paper books. They are FAR more absorbent.
  • -]
    So we get technology that improves our lives - we can lend a book to a friend and still read it, but they want to take that away from us, put us back in the dark ages and they bill it as a feature? Cunts.
  • Ten B.
    [...] Amazon add ‘lending’ feature to Kindle [...]
  • Tim B.
    Not much of a feature. I just got back my copy of Stephen King's 'Christine' which I lent to a friend no less than a year ago. There's not a chance in hell she'd have read it in a fortnight. If you're going to treat e-books the same as physical property by locking the buyer out of them while they're 'loaned out', why not go the whole hog? Let me lend it to whoever I like for as long as I like, and also give away ones I've already read. Hell, let me sell them as second hand even, so I can donate them to my local charity shop and they can resell them.
  • Claire
    I agree with the post above. Don't see the benefit to Amazon either of the 2 week limit, surely the longer your 'friend' has the book for the better? Otherwise you could be loaning it out to dozens of friends who potentially might have bought it. And how annoying if you just get to the last chapter when it says 'sorry, your time is up'. My only use for Kindle is reading old books which are free until they can make it worthwhile in some way for paying.

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