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Amazon moves into ebook lending

Kindle users can now share ebooks

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Amazon is planning to add a new feature to its Kindle range of devices, allowing users to share selected ebooks with each other.

Known as ‘Lending for Kindle’, the new feature allows device users to lend their ebooks to other Kindle users for a 14-day period.

In a posting on the Amazon Community Forum, a member of the Kindle team explained the terms under which ebooks can be lent: 

‘Each ebook can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period.

‘Additionally, not all ebooks will be lendable – it is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.’

Amazon said the new feature is expected to be launched in the US soon before being rolled out to the rest of the world.

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