Connect With Other Kindle Users And Get Free eBooks With Lendle
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.