Amazon to let users lend eBooks

October 25th, 2010 by Chris Hogg Leave a reply »

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In a short announcement posted to Amazon’s site, the company says Kindle users will soon be able to lend books to one another.

While details are still scarce, Amazon says the lending feature will happen later this year and it will allow Kindle users to loan eBooks to other Kindle users for a loan period of 14 days. While the book is out on loan, the lender cannot read it.

Amazon says not all eBooks will be lendable, as it will be up to the publisher or rights-holder.

Amazon also announced it would make Kindle newspapers and magazines readable on Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (Android coming later), so users who buy books or newspapers can read content on devices other than just the Kindle. Amazon says this should launch in the coming weeks.

(Cross-posted to Future of Media)

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