Amazon have now launched their latest salvo in the eBook wars, allowing people to borrow eBooks much like we've been doing with libraries for hundreds of years.
The books can only be loaned once however and for a maximum period of 14 days. You can read loaned books on a Kindle or in any Kindle App. These are available for a variety of devices including Windows, OS X, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone.
Not all books will be available for lending, this will depend on the publishers providing permission for Amazon to do so. There's also precious little information on whether this will be a free service or what charges may be payable, again we can probably assume this will vary depending on the book and publisher.
This is an interesting move from Amazon and, while it was broadly expected at some point, it will be an interesting move to watch to see how it affects eBook sales. It is widely considered that Libraries have been good for overall book sales in recent years, so will this move do the same for eBook sales?
You can read more at the Amazon website.
The product details on Amazon's website indicate whether lending is enabled for a book or not. Loans can be initiated from "Manage your Kindle" or the ebook's product page on Amazon where you find a loan this title option. You need to enter the borrower's name and email address and may add an optional message as well.
The recipient will be notified via email and there is a seven day acceptance period. Borrower's can only accept the title if it is legally available in the country they are residing in. Recipients need to be Kindle users or create a Kindle account on the Amazon website if they are not before they can accept the loan.
Instructions for loaning Kindle ebooks:
From the Amazon product page
From Manage your Kindle
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