ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Connect With Other Kindle Users And Get Free eBooks With Lendle

Updated on September 3, 2013

So you have your Kindle, you bought your first book, now what? You can continue to buy eBooks, search for free eBooks, or loan eBooks to your friends and strangers.

With all the convenience, that eBooks offer one of the often-unexplored options is the lending feature on Amazon. Once you own an eBook you are usually allowed to share it one time with another user though the site. There is some indication some publishers may open up their digital rights management (DRM) to allow multiple shares of the same book in the future but this limitation was a balance between the publishers, users, and Amazon to ensure those making the money have the freedom to do so and those enjoying eBooks have some ability to share them much like they would a hardcopy.

How to Share

Sharing is simple after you know what to look for:

1. Log into you Amazon account and return to the page you purchased the book from. Between the price section and the menu, you will see a link that says, “Loan this book”. If the link is missing, it is likely that the publisher does not allow sharing the content, you are not logged into your account or you have already loaned the book.

2. Click on the “Loan this book” link to be transferred to the loan page and complete the form.

3. Upon completing the form, the receiving party will be e-mailed a confirmation letter for them to accept the eBook for a 7 to 14 day loan period, during which the lender cannot read the book.

The receiving party does not need to have Kindle hardware if they would like to use the freely available software on a computer, iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

The Pro’s to this feature:

  • You can still share your eBook with a friend in much the same way you shared your hardcopy.
  • You do not need to know the person you are lending to or from, which is great when you want to look at sharing sites. (More on this in Taking Loaning to Another Level With Lendle.)

The Con’s to this feature:

  • You only get one opportunity to share so you cannot pass a great book around as you may have exchanged hard copies. I remember my mom coming home from work with bags or romance novels making their way among co-workers and now eBook users need to choose wisely if they have a circle of friends.
  • You are locked out of your purchased book for 14 days unless you recall the loan. This may not be good form if you consider that your friend may still be reading the book.
  • Not all content can be loaned.

Taking Loaning to Another Level With Lendle

After learning about this feature, I found that I had two issues. First, I did not have many friends with Kindles or other eReaders and while that number is growing it make it difficult to loan and reciprocate. Second, I do not have many friends with reading interest similar to my own. I was able to get a copy of the Hunger Games trilogy for my wife to read but I cannot typically find the latest SEO or IT book among my circle of friends.

While exploring the lending feature I stumbled upon a site called Lendle.me (note it is not .com) which helps people exchange and share their eBooks. The premise is quite simple, you get credits for each book you lend to users of the site, which can be used to “purchase” borrows from other users of the site.

When you sign up for the service you receive, a couple of free borrow credit to try the service. I believe I received two or three free book loans but this number changes based on popularity and promotion of the site. To get more credits you need to load your available library into the site for any book you are willing to lend and fulfill lend requests—you get one credit for each book you lend and I have also received credits for books I attempted to lend after another user fulfilled the request.

The site is a great way to find people to lead to and could be a great option even when leading to friends because you receive credits for the books you lend among friends that can be used to borrow books from other Lendle users.

If you are inclined to check out this site there is also a referral program where you get credits when a new users signs up, you just provide them your referral code to enter during the sign-up process (mine is 78AH67LD if would like to user my referral code). Unfortunately, Lendledoes offer a referral link that you can share so it is more difficult than other programs I have used to get referral credit.

Go Forth and Enjoy More Reading!

I have found that using the sharing option has allowed me to offer great books to friends as well as save money by borrowing more expensive books that I do not need as reference material. While there are plenty of free books available from other sources, most are classics or not as high quality as the recent best sellers. Between sharing among friends and with strangers you meet on Lendle you can surely enjoy more great books and save the cost of buying every new read on your own.

How often do you share you eBooks?

See results

What other tips do you have to find ways to share eBooks? Are there any other sites like Lendle?

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Reza 

      6 years ago

      Sharing is great ,and yes why not good stuff !!

    • profile image

      Jared 

      6 years ago

      very informative, i had no idea you could do that! good to know, shows how much i pay attention to the features other than being able to read

    • Marc Rohde profile imageAUTHOR

      Marc Rohde 

      6 years ago from Racine, WI

      @roxim my wife and I also share one account with Prime. She usually gets the free monthly book. :)

      Sharing is a great option.

    • RoxiM profile image

      RoxiM 

      6 years ago from West Virginia

      This sounds interesting, though probably not something I will take advantage of right now. My mom, my sisters, and I all share a Kindle account, so we all have access to each others' favorites. We are at the limit for devices connected to one account, though, so it might be something I'd be interested in at some point.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)