Tampa, FL (PRWEB) February 11, 2011
In October 2010 Amazon.com announced that they would be adding a lending option for Kindle, their popular eBook reader, by the end of the year. Not to be left at the gate, the founder of the popular Nook lending site (BooksForNooks.com), immediately launched BooksForMyKindle.com to provide Kindle owners the same sharing experience that the Nook owners had enjoyed for over a year.
BooksForNooks.com is "the original" eBook lending site and was the brainchild of Leonard Sixt, a self-employed technology consultant out of Tampa, Florida. As soon as he heard about the Amazon announcement, BooksForMyKindle was born. Even though the lending feature wasn't added to Kindle until December 30th, 2010, BooksForMyKindle was taking on members in anticipation of the software updates that would allow Kindle owners to share books with each other. Membership on both sites is totally free.
Members of BooksForMyKindle were please to realize that in just 5 days of lending, the site was averaging 25 successful loans per day! Unlike other "lending" eBook sites, BooksForMyKindle makes borrowing simple for members. Members add books they are willing to share (loan) to other members, creating a data base of available books. Members can search the data base by title, author, keywords, genre, and other criteria. Once a member locates a book they would like to borrow, they issue a loan request to the book's owner and the two members complete the loan using Amazon's service. Along with searching, both sites allow members to set alerts so they can be notified immediately if a book they would like to borrow is posted on the web site.
Rules for Nook and Kindle lending are similar: loans are for 14 days, you can only loan a book one time, you can't read the book while it is out on loan to someone else, and books are automatically returned to the owner at the end of the loan period. This has the majority of members upset as the general feeling is that the policy is unfair. Some feel books should be able to be lent more than one time, and others feel the 14 day period isn't long enough. Most members don't realize that the lending feature is not a policy of Barnes and Noble or Amazon, but rather it is controlled by the publishers.
Even though the selection of books that can be lent is limited, the sharing and social interaction on BooksForMyKindle is thriving. Perhaps over time, publishers may take another look at lending and make more books available, or open up the policies a bit. It's an easy way to get books out to readers that otherwise may not have thought of buying a book that they "thought" they might like. It is also a way to introduce readers to authors that they may not be familiar with. Borrowing gives the reader an opportunity to make a purchase decision, and to explore new authors' works.
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