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Subject: How does Nook "Lend Me" work?
Date Posted: 5/5/2011 3:45 PM ET
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I am finally getting around to the Lend Me feature on my Nook.  I figured out how to add a contact.

But, what do I do from here?  Is there a way to let my contacts know which books I have that are lendable? 

Is it better to lend directly to friends or use a site like ebookfling.com?

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 12:16 AM ET
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I use eFling!  I loaned out 4 so far! 

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 11:33 AM ET
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I don't have the NC (yet) but I'm thinking that I would only add a select few of my friends to the "lendme" feature on my Nook.  I use ebookfling and booksfornooks because there is a large group of users out there with a wide variety of books to loan out.

If I loaned out all my books to just my friends then I won't have anything to offer in trade on those sites when a book I want pops up as available.

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 1:07 PM ET
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I've signed up for ebookfling, but haven't used it yet.  I have so many books on my Nook (I was stocking up on freebies before I even got it), that I'm really not ready to look for new books.

Does ebookfling allow you to have a friends list that you can offer to first?   Or do all your lend me books go to the general membership.

I'm really looking for an easy way to let my friends know what I have first.

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 4:23 PM ET
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One other thing (or more) to consider: Nook Books can only be lent for a period of 2 weeks.  Then the book goes back to the lender's Nook. Also, a book can be loaned only once.

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 4:31 PM ET
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They havent added things like that yet!  I Hope they do in the future!  Right now your books would be open to everyone.  BUT nothing stopping you from lending the books to friends...   Just Jason said its a one time loan tho.   Even tho I use Fling I lent books to friends.  No cr but hey they are friends LOL   Just remember to Delete what you loan that dont go thru eFling! 

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 6:47 PM ET
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I've signed up for ebookfling, but haven't used it yet.  I have so many books on my Nook (I was stocking up on freebies before I even got it), that I'm really not ready to look for new books.

You might want to remember, though, that the loanable books may not be loanable forever. Or even for very long.

I've found several books on the Amazon lists that were lendable suddenly were not. (about 20 or so have disapeared off my wish list for borrowing, no longer available for loan at all.) There may be a limit to the number of loans they're willing to do, then shut that part down when it hits that magic number or so many days on the lendable list. Hard to tell what they're thinking behind the scenes.

So I woudln't 'save' your loanable books too long. You may find you've lost the ability to loan them if the publisher cuts them off. And the book store wouldn't have the last say in which ones stay that way, and on which ones get pulled.

 

Date Posted: 5/6/2011 9:05 PM ET
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Cindy, that's an interesting aspect.  I wasn't really saving my lend me books, so much as I didn't feel like figuring out the process.  But, I may just load them on ebookfling just to beat the problem you've been having.

I guess there isn't an easy way to get a list of the lend me books that are on ones Nook?

Are other website books, like Smashwords, lendable?

Date Posted: 5/7/2011 10:19 AM ET
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I guess there isn't an easy way to get a list of the lend me books that are on ones Nook?

I don't know about the Nook, but one of the web sites for the kindle has where you can type in an author, and all the books come up, and it's clear which ones are lendable and which aren't.

I'd say join what ever Nook lending sites there are and see how they work. They're going to try to make it as easy as possible for their members, and it may be a lot easier than checking every book you have individually.

Are other website books, like Smashwords, lendable?

No. Just the Kindle and Nook that I know about so far. I haven't heard that they're going to do so.

Date Posted: 5/7/2011 10:11 PM ET
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Thanks for the info. Cindy!

I looks like the NookColor has NookFriends which makes it much easier to share books.  But, the regular Nook doesn't have it.

I have done my own work around.  I set up a LendMe list in My B&N on the B&N website.  Now at least I can see what I have and I can share that more easily.  If my friends don't want them, then I think I'll post on ebookfling.

Cindy, I did notice, as you said, that many of my books no longer have the Lend Me next to them.  So, I guess it's better to lend what you can when you can.