January 30th, 2013

How to Lend Kindle Books to Friends for FREE


I posted this earlier in the month, but in case you missed it, here it is again!

I received a Kindle Fire for Christmas, but I’ve been downloading FREE Kindle books ever since I got my iPhone last Mother’s Day. I love, love, love the page-turn animation on the Kindle iPhone app (and was slightly disappointed to discover that it’s not on the actual Kindle!).

I have friends who have received Kindles, too, but they weren’t able to get some of the same free e-books I had downloaded, since I’ve been collecting them much longer than they have.

Well, did you know you can LEND a Kindle book to a friend, just like checking it out at the library? You can! I’m not sure if this is just for Prime members or not (we have Amazon Student Prime), but here’s how I did it:

  • Go to Amazon.com, to the page where you originally purchased the Kindle book you want to lend.
  • At the top of the page, you’ll see a link to “loan the book.” Here’s what it will look like:

how to loan a kindle book

After you click the link, it should take you to a “Loan this book” page. Enter the email address of the recipeint. Amazingly, the recipient does NOT need a Kindle to accept the book!

They have 7 days to accept the book from you. If they don’t, it will be returned to you.

While your book is on loan, you will not be able to access it from your Kindle. If you forget and try to click on the book to read it, a little message will remind you that it’s unavailable to you. Automatically, the book will be returned to your virtual library after the two weeks is up. Is that cool or what?

Different publishers may have different rules. For instance, the book I chose says “The publisher has set the following lending terms: this book may be loaned once for a duration of 14 days.”

One more thing: if you’re a Prime member, one of the extra perks (besides all that instant video streaming!) is that you can also “check out” a book for FREE (instead of buying it!) once a month! Plus, there’s NO due date on those. Read it at your leisure until you’re ready to try a different book.Kindle Library for Prime Members

Enjoy this awesome perk! And remember that Amazon Student Prime is FREE for the first 6 months!


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