Amazon to Introduce Lending for Kindle

By Jason Boog Comment

kindle13923.jpgIn keeping with a tradition of quietly releasing news on Fridays, Amazon revealed last week they will soon allow readers to loan Kindle books to other users–one crucial feature that many readers have sought.

Amazon shared the news in a note to Kindle readers: “later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable – this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.”

The news stirred up all sorts of opinions around the Internet over the weekend. What do you think? Will publishers let readers use the feature? Link via Sarah Wendell who tweeted: “IF publisher allows it. Not holding my breath.”

NOTE: This post has been updated.