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Subject: Kindle Loans?
Date Posted: 12/30/2010 5:59 AM ET
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Do my eyes deceive me or did I really just read that you can do a 2 week loan of Kindle books? Was the loan feature really than big a seller for the Nook?

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 7:47 AM ET
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I just checked out your link (and thank you for that).  I see that Kindle loans will be similar to what Marily has said about Nook loans.  They are few and far between.  I did not go through my entire list of books but, none of the best sellers that I've bought are lendable.  I did find a couple of older and cheaper books could be lent.  So...I don't see this as much of a plus.  But, I guess if it worked for only a few, it would be nice for someone who wanted to borrow those few.

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 8:03 AM ET
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They did it! They said they would before the end of the year, and I doubted them, I did doubt them and I was wrong and I'm delighted. Now I'll have to scurry over to my Kindle and see which of my  ~1200 books I can loan. Unfortunately, 1) publishers don't like this feature much and I assume it will be as limited participation as it is with the Nook and 2) less than half the books on my Kindle came from Amazon, but still. 

I don't know whether the lending feature was that huge a deal for the Nook, but they sure banged the drum enough about it. 

Thanks for the heads-up on this! 

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 8:27 AM ET
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Well the one book I purchased, can be loaned.   YAY.

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 11:02 AM ET
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Im so very excited about this! I work with a girl that got a kindle for her birthday back in september and i got mine for my birthday a couple wks ago, so we've been looking forward to this so we can lend books. Before we got the kindles we used to lend books to each other allll the time.

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Date Posted: 12/30/2010 11:39 AM ET
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amazon looks like they are going to match what the nook offers.  so far they lowered price, wifi only, sell in stores, lend books, all which the nook rolled-out first.   the only two they have to go is library books and color.  Those 2 might not come, cause they say e-ink color is a few years off and amazon seems pretty committed to e-ink (but maybe they will change thier mind) and library books use a different format that I dont think amazon wants to get into.

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 12:28 PM ET
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I just went through my Kindle books, and I have 98 that have the "Loan" feature.  They seem to be the books that I picked up as freebies or cheapies at one point in time or another.  And no, they're not all public domain. laugh

How exciting!!

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 1:55 PM ET
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If anyone has The Hunger Games trilogy on Kindle, all three of those are loanable! I just loaned the first volume to a friend. :)

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 4:36 PM ET
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I'm noticing that Nook and Kindle Lend Me books don't necessarily overlap, and there doesn't seem to be complete consistency w/in a particular publisher. (I was wondering whether it would since TTS is primarily set up by publisher.) It does seem heavily weighted -- as are the Nook lendables -- toward indies, previous freebies, and B list or C list authors, but of course there are exceptions, like I see MaryJanice Davidson and at least one Joanne Fluke mystery is lendable -- not much of a word, is that, lendable. Loanable? I need to sit down and see what can be loaned out.

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 5:21 PM ET
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This could get good. According to this website, publishers have to opt out, one book at a time. Guess I'll pull up a lawn chair and pop some popcorn.  http://www.teleread.com/paul-biba/amazons-new-lending-feature-is-probably-going-to-anger-some-publishers/

 

all DTP titles have lending enabled by default;

titles using the 35% royalty option may opt out of the lending program;

titles using the 70% royalty option can NOT opt out;

any opt-outs are not retroactive, so anyone who purchased the title while lending was available will continue to have access to the feature.

 

 

Date Posted: 12/30/2010 10:22 PM ET
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If you're interested in a group other than the PBS one for whatever reason, here's an alternative: http://www.booksformykindle.com/

Apparently they have a sister site that's been up and running for some time, and it's booksformynook. I'm not a member of either one, so I offer this FWIW. They are giving away an Amazon GC to one of the first 200 people who register.