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Posted at 10:02 am in eBook Stores,Free eBooks,Random

Kindle ereaders may not be able to borrow ebooks from public libraries, but from shortly after Amazon enabled ebook lending there have been a few websites started that facilitate the lending and borrowing of Kindle books.

I doubt this is what publishers had in mind when they agreed to allow ebook lending, and I imagine there are a few more grey hairs in the publishing industry over this latest development.  If ebook sales are seen to be impacted I would not be surprised if fewer ebooks have lending enabled.  Of course, each ebook can only be loaned once ever, so publishers do have some protection.

On the Nook forums there are already complaints that some publishers, most notably Penguin, dropped out of the Nook LendMe program shortly after Amazon enabled the feature.

But for now this service is available if you wish.  This may, in fact, be a better solution than being able to borrow library ebooks.  With the explosion of new ereader owners I expect waiting lists to check out ebooks from the library to become longer and longer.  Public libraries, like everybody else, are financially strapped and have limited copies of each ebook. 

Here are a few websites I’ve found that bring ebook lenders and borrowers together:

I’ll list these on the eBook Sources page, where I’ll also list new lending websites as I find them.

Below are some of the major publishers that I’ve found that do and do not allow lending of the Kindle versions of their books.  This list is not exhaustive and there may be exceptions – it is just what I’ve found by searching briefly through the Kindle Store.

Do allow lending:

  • Disney
  • Macmillan
  • Wiley
  • AmazonCrossing & Amazon DTP
  • Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • Open Road
  • Grove Atlantic & Atlantic Monthly Press
  • Scholastic

Do not allow lending:

  • Random House
  • Penguin
  • Harper Collins
  • Simon Schuster
  • Hachette
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Thomas Nelson
  • W.W. Norton
  • Zondervan


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Written by Richard on January 23rd, 2011

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