Did You Forget About Kindle Book Lending?

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Those who say, “You can’t lend an ebook like you can a real book,” are often wrong, at least where Kindle books are concerned.

Many Kindle books are lendable, but it’s something I forget all the time. I do most of my reading in Kindle and Audible book formats and have for many years, and it’s not so unusual for me to reach the end of a Kindle book and think someone I know would love the book. If the book is Lending Enabled, I can lend the book to that friend or family member. From Amazon:

You can lend a Kindle book to another reader for up to 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Fire or Kindle device and can read the book after downloading a free Kindle reading app.


How To Tell If A Kindle Book Is Lendable
For books you already own: go to the book’s product page on the Amazon site, and look for the Loan this book link:

For books you don’t yet own: go to the book’s product page on the Amazon site and check the ‘Lending Enabled’ setting under Product Details:


How To Lend
You can lend from the book’s product page, as shown above, or from the Manage Your Content and Devices page on Amazon (Your Account > Manage Your Content and Devices).

On the Manage Your Content and Devices page, find the book you want to lend and click the Actions button (three dots, indicated by red arrow below) to open its details. Use the Loan this title link (blue arrow) to open the lending form. Of course, the link will only be there for books that are lending-enabled.


The Fine Print on Lending
Amazon allows any purchaser of a Kindle book that the publisher has marked as ‘lendable’ to lend that Kindle book to anyone with an email address for 14 days. During the 14 days the lender does not have access to the book, only the lendee can use it. On day 15, the book again becomes accessible to the lender. Note that lendable Kindle books can only be lent once.

If the lendee doesn’t own a Kindle, he or she can read the book using the FREE Kindle Reader app, which is available for PCs, Macs, and most mobile devices (including iPads and iPhones).

Lendable status is subject to change at any time, so don’t assume a book that was lendable when you bought it will always be lendable. I have not personally seen any of my lendable Kindle books change status—the book I featured when I first shared this tip about lending Kindle books back in 2013 was Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, and it’s still lendable as of this writing—but Amazon’s terms of use for lending do not guarantee future lendability.


Click here to view Amazon’s handy little lending step-by-step and FAQ. It includes instructions for how to find out if a given book is lendable, too.


Connecting With Others Who Have Kindle Books To Lend
So now that you know it’s possible to lend Kindle books, you may be wondering if there’s any easy way to get in touch with other Kindle book owners with books to lend. Yes, as a matter of fact, there is.

I recommend BookLending.com. Full disclosure: I am personally acquainted with the lady who runs this site/service, but I do not get any kind of compensation for sharing her site here.

On BookLending.com you can set up a FREE account, list all of your available, lendable Kindle books and browse lists of lendable books other members have listed as available, or search for a specific title. The site is there to make it easier and safer to connect for purposes of ebook lending and borrowing. There are similar sites, I only single out BookLending.com here because I don’t have any personal experience with other sites offering the same service.


Next time you’ve finished a great Kindle book and immediately think of a friend or family member who would enjoy it, check its lendability.


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