I got my wife the Amazon Kindle 3 for Christmas this year and she absolutely loves it so far. It’s the perfect device for book lovers and a great replacement for magazines and newspapers. She’s already subscribed to a few magazines and downloaded the newest book in the Sookie Stackhouse (True Blood) series. I’ve spend a little bit of time with it and love the simplicity and how everything ‘just works’. Save my thoughts on it for another article. Today I was happy to hear the news that you can now lend your purchased books to another Kindle user.
This is huge news for the Kindle community and potential Kindle customers. One of the factors that made me hesitate when considering the Kindle was book sharing. When you buy a book you can share it with friends when you’re done with it. That wasn’t the case before with Kindle e-books. Now you can share your book with a friend for 14 days. I actually wish they extended the time to a month, but I’m sure they would get an earful from the publishing companies.
Note – “Each eligible book can be lent once for a period of 14 days. Not all e-books are lendable – the publisher or rights holder determines which titles are enabled for lending.”
Not just for Kindle owners
Amazon – “The borrower does not need to own a Kindle. Kindle books can be read on Kindle or using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices.”
Pure genious. This greatly expands Amazon’s customer base to users who don’t currently own a Kindle. Eventually they’ll want to get one for themselves after they see how good the product is. I messed around with the Kindle app on the iPhone last night and it’s a breeze to use.
Click here for more information on Kindle book lending.