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Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
« Reply #100 on: January 14, 2011, 08:41:40 am »
I hadn't thought about the licensing issue, but you're only using the license as long as the book is on the Kindle, and the purchaser can't read the book while the book is on loan anyway.  Once the book is off the Kindle or iPhone or whatever, that license is freed up. 

::laughs:: Exactly, since I can't read it anyhow, I graciously extend to you the use of all the licenses.  ;)
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #101 on: January 14, 2011, 10:49:20 am »
    Can I lend someone a book by e-mailing it to them (copying from my kindle)? Or is there some rule to that? I have a lot of good books I've bought that I've had converted to kindle and those don't have the "loan" option...

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #102 on: January 14, 2011, 11:03:30 am »
    Can I lend someone a book by e-mailing it to them (copying from my kindle)?

    No. Any copy you have (of an Amazon purchased ebook) on your Kindle is DRMd to that device. It cannot be opened by any other device.
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #103 on: January 14, 2011, 11:35:50 am »
    So if I bought the book elsewhere (not on amazon or a kindle site), but converted it to mobi, I can share it with other kindle users?

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #104 on: January 14, 2011, 12:16:52 pm »
    Has anyone else noticed that some books that ARE lendable aren't listed as such in the Product Details?

    For example, The Red Dragon by Thomas Harris has no details about being lendable, but since I have a borrowed copy of it on my Kindle right now, I'd say it's probably lendable. ::) I quadruple checked, and I am indeed on the Kindle edition page.

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #105 on: January 14, 2011, 12:48:47 pm »
    So if I bought the book elsewhere (not on amazon or a kindle site), but converted it to mobi, I can share it with other kindle users?

    If you were able to convert the book, I assume it has no DRM. You can share non-DRMd books.
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #106 on: January 14, 2011, 01:48:03 pm »
    ::laughs:: Exactly, since I can't read it anyhow, I graciously extend to you the use of all the licenses.  ;)

    Thanks - I have to say I didn't think about the licensing thing when I sent it to my daughter's Kindle - I was just curious whether it would work. 

    Thanks again for the loan though - I enjoyed it and will definitely read the 2nd & 3rd books, which I already have (and you've got first dibs on borrowing them if you don't have them already).
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #107 on: January 18, 2011, 11:39:14 am »
    So if I bought the book elsewhere (not on amazon or a kindle site), but converted it to mobi, I can share it with other kindle users?
    Honestly its a grey area that hasn't been defined yet. There are some interesting reads on it here, and on mobileread.com as well.
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #108 on: February 14, 2011, 08:48:36 am »
    Don't know if any of you have seen this yet, but I just started reading about it:

    http://ebookfling.com/

    The full article about ebook lending that I found out about the site from is here: http://publishingperspectives.com/2011/02/ebook-lending-boon-or-bane-to-publishers/

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #109 on: February 14, 2011, 09:49:02 am »
    Don't know if any of you have seen this yet, but I just started reading about it:

    http://ebookfling.com/

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    That's the site that charges you $1.99 per book loan.

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #110 on: February 14, 2011, 10:08:40 am »
    That's the site that charges you $1.99 per book loan.

    From what I understand, that's only if you don't loan a book first. In other words if you have no credits. But if you loan a book, you get a credit and that credit allows you to borrow other books.

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #111 on: February 17, 2011, 11:14:41 am »
    I know that if I go into the Manage Your Kindle section of my Amazon account, and click the little plus sign, I can see if a book is lendable or not. Is there another way to check???? I have between 500 and 600 books on the Kindle and I really don't want to do that for every single one of them.

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #112 on: February 17, 2011, 11:31:37 am »
    I know that if I go into the Manage Your Kindle section of my Amazon account, and click the little plus sign, I can see if a book is lendable or not. Is there another way to check???? I have between 500 and 600 books on the Kindle and I really don't want to do that for every single one of them.

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #113 on: May 10, 2011, 11:25:49 am »
    Is the lending feature only available on the real Kindle and not on the KINDLE app for PC and smartphones?

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    « Reply #114 on: May 10, 2011, 01:16:01 pm »
    Is the lending feature only available on the real Kindle and not on the KINDLE app for PC and smartphones?

    You have to access the amazon website to lend a book and your email to receive it. Both of those are not easy to do from the Kindle. Once you have received the book you can send it to any device you want.

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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #115 on: May 11, 2011, 06:16:45 am »
    Is the lending feature only available on the real Kindle and not on the KINDLE app for PC and smartphones?

    You can lend and borrow from the Kindle apps - an actual Kindle is not needed, only an Amazon Kindle account & app.  If you borrow a Kindle book you can put it on both a PC/Mac app AND a smartphone app - it sits in your "Manage Your Kindle" area just like books you've purchased, but it's only there for two weeks. 
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #116 on: June 23, 2011, 02:14:38 pm »
    I've figured out how to use the Manage Your Kindle page to lend a book, but I'm stuck on lending a copy of Water for Elephants because there's now a different edition for sale on Amazon. I bought the darned thing, and I should be able to lend it, grrrr. Has anyone found a way to lend a previous edition?
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #117 on: June 23, 2011, 02:18:43 pm »
    I've figured out how to use the Manage Your Kindle page to lend a book, but I'm stuck on lending a copy of Water for Elephants because there's now a different edition for sale on Amazon. I bought the darned, thing, and I should be able to lend it, grrrr. Has anyone found a way to lend a previous edition?

    I didn't try particularly hard, but yeah, I had that same version and can't lend it either. Frustrating/disappointing, since my cousin wanted to read it.
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #118 on: June 23, 2011, 02:48:41 pm »
    I didn't try particularly hard, but yeah, I had that same version and can't lend it either. Frustrating/disappointing, since my cousin wanted to read it.

    I was frustrated enough to use the help link. Should know something tomorrow.

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    « Reply #119 on: June 23, 2011, 10:06:41 pm »
    Hurray! I contacted Amazon Help and explained my problem, and they said they'll refund my purchase so I can buy the new, lending-enabled edition.

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    « Reply #120 on: June 24, 2011, 06:31:57 am »
    Hurray! I contacted Amazon Help and explained my problem, and they said they'll refund my purchase so I can buy the new, lending-enabled edition.

    And that's why I'm sticking with Amazon/Kindle over the new Nook (which I've tested and really liked) - someone on the Nook board just posted yesterday that he'd bought a book that was $5 when he bought, was charged $9.99, and B&N basically said "Tough luck".  Honestly the more I read over there, the more I love my Kindle & Amazon and DON'T want anything more to do with a B&N product. 
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #121 on: June 24, 2011, 06:33:27 am »
    Oh wow, good to know! I may contact them too.

    And yes, Amazon customer service has been great to me for a long time (even pre-Kindle). That creates loyalty.
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #122 on: December 12, 2011, 04:41:33 pm »
    Does anybody know when we can start lending books?

    Thanks

    This is apparently all sorted for those in the US, but it's not available for those of us who live outside the states. I can't believe how slow Amazon have been in getting their products here in Australia. Kindles have only become purchasable in Australia in the last couple of months. Maybe they'll start thinking about us now.
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #123 on: January 08, 2012, 10:32:35 pm »
    As an Australian author I know your pain. :/ I want to loan out the copy of my book I purchased, but I'm 99% sure it's not lending enabled despite having no DRM. I tried going into "Manage my Kindle" and clicked the plus sign, but there's no indication either way if it's lending enabled or not...?
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    Re: Lending Books (discussion of the Kindle lending feature)
    « Reply #124 on: January 31, 2012, 05:02:38 am »
    Posting here to say that, while there is no reason that an author can't loan his or her own books, we do not allow authors to offer them here for lending, sorry.  That would be considered promotional, which is allowed only in the Book Bazaar.  Posts by authors offering their own books for lending will be removed, sorry.

    That being said, you should be able to tell if a book is lendable on the product page.  If it is lendable, it will say so when you scroll down to the product information, where it shows the ASIN, file size, etc.  And if it's a book you own, on the product page, it shoudl say at the top in a yellow bar "Loan this book to anyone you want."

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