Saturday, August 4, 2012

Lending Ebooks

Did you know that many eBooks in the Kindle and Nook stores have lending enabled? This means you can lend your favorite eBooks to your friends and family so they can enjoy it too. (Yes, lending is enabled for all my eBooks in the Kindle Store. I think they are for the Nook Store, as well, though I'm not sure.) 

So how do you loan a book to a friend? 

Go to the Amazon page of the book you want to lend. You should see something similar to this: 

Screen cap of the book page for 99 Reasons to Hate Cats*. Click to enlarge image. 
Click "Loan this book" (highlighted above). That link will take you to this page: 

Loan page in the Kindle Store for 99 Reasons to Hate Cats*. Click to enlarge image. 
There are only two required fields to loan a purchased eBook. You need to enter your friend's email address and your own name. Then click "Send now" and the recipient will receive an email with a link to claim the book. They have 7 days to claim it. When they do, the eBook in your Kindle device or app turns into the sample of the book instead of the full version (or it just tells you that you can't read it while it's out on loan, can't remember for sure which), and the book appears on your friend's device. 14 days later, whether they're done with it or not, it disappears from their device and the full version reappears on your own. Very easy and a great way to legally share eBooks. 

Not all books can be loaned, however. It's the choice of the author or publisher to enable the lending feature and some have chosen not to. 

If anyone has experience with the Nook lending feature, please share how that works. I haven't tried it or even looked into it. 

I hope this helps. Happy reading! ♥

*And just in case you're curious, 99 Reasons to Hate Cats is a delightfully humorous look into the crazy life of owning a cat. An amusing cartoon accompanies each of the reasons. I recommend it for a chuckle. :O)

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