May 13, 2022

(+) How to Lend an eBook to a Friend

The following is a Plus Edition article written by and copyright by Dick Eastman. 

In recent comments to ebook articles in this newsletter, several people have commented, “If I have enjoyed a book, I get pleasure in passing it to a friend to read. I can’t do that digitally without paying again.” Actually, with Kindle and Nook ebook readers, that is incorrect. Kindle owners can legally easily lend books at no charge. In fact, the process is quite simple.


Kindle books can be loaned to another reader for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not even need to own a Kindle! Kindle books can be read on a second Kindle or on a Windows PC, Macintosh, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android device by using Amazon’s FREE Kindle software.

Not all books purchased on the Kindle are available to be loaned out. The book’s publisher has the option of prohibiting lending of an ebook. However, most Kindle ebooks may be lent. Those that are lendable can be shared with friends for up to 14 days at a time for no charge. Books are automatically returned after that period, so you don’t have to chase your friend down to get your favorite novel back.

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