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Initial post: Mar 3, 2012 12:18:19 PM PST
MomX2 says:
After I lend a book out and I get th book back how come I cannot turn around and lend it again? On that book the lend option does not come back up again.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 12:20:12 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 3, 2012 12:20:56 PM PST
Jazzy_Jeff says:
You can only lend a book out one time for 14 days and that is it.

Posted on Mar 3, 2012 12:22:02 PM PST
MomX2 says:
So I can never lend that book out again after it has been returned back to me?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 12:26:19 PM PST
Dragi Raos says:
Correct.

Posted on Jun 19, 2012 11:52:57 PM PDT
Diana says:
Why is that? If I bought a physical book, I could extend the loan to my friend who is a slower reader (or got busy) or lend it to them again later. Or lend it to Joe and then later lend it to Sue. Considering many of the Kindle books I buy only cost a couple dollars less then a hard copy and saves the publisher oodles of expenses I'm really starting to wonder what the deal is.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 12:17:39 AM PDT
Sue says:
Your best bet is to buy physical books and then you can loan them as much as you want. As far as Kindle books you have to go with what the publishers say.

You can only loan them out once (that is if you can loan them in the first place) and that is it. This was mentioned before.

The publishers could be doing this to irritate people like you.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 12:18:44 AM PDT
Kribu says:
The deal is that publishers don't allow it. Most don't allow any lending at all.

With paper books, they have no way to stop you from lending out your books as often or for as long as you wish. With ebooks, they have a way to keep people from doing it, so they do.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 12:56:49 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 20, 2012 5:46:22 AM PDT
Denis Powell says:
Diana, if you look at it from the author's point of view, why should every one of your friends have the pleasure of reading a book without the author getting any reward for their hard work?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 5:12:30 AM PDT
It is all in the way the publisher wrote the rules.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 5:29:01 AM PDT
Debi says:
Consider your kindle the hard copy, if you want to loan it to a friend give them your kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 5:47:55 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
The deal is that, unlike a physical book (in which you can resell or lend via the First Sale doctrine), with ebooks you have merely purchased a license to read. Digital media is not yet covered under the first sale doctrine. (and I can see how this would be problematic because there will always be a few people who mess it up for the group). Thus, publishers control the lending.

Additionally, as someone mentioned, you can treat your kindle the device the same as a physical book and merely lend out your kindle.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 6:05:46 AM PDT
Has anyone mentioned the $79 Kindle, yet? If the OP *really* lends out THAT many books THAT often, she could invest in a baby Kindle and lend it out to her heart's content, never letting go of her own reading collection.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 6:29:31 AM PDT
LadyH95 says:
@Folina - That is pretty much what I did with my older K2 once I got a K Touch. I loaded the K2 with books I wanted to loan to a friend, organized it by series / author, and loaned her the Kindle.

I was also trying to show her how much she would LOVE eBooks in general.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 6:37:21 AM PDT
Hah! Yes, I have a few hold-out friends who still insist they ONLY want to handle paper books. They'll come around. :0)

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 6:45:45 AM PDT
Vanished says:
I've become an eBook evangelist!

E-Readers are still quite a novelty here so I have plenty of opportunities to share the joy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 20, 2012 7:20:44 AM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Diana, just hand your friends your Kindle, just like you'd hand them a physical book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 7:41:03 PM PDT
BobSpeedyBoy says:
I just went through this today and was not able to get a 're-loan'. Here's the policy from the email Amazon sent me...

Some Kindle books can be loaned to another reader for a period of 14 days. Titles that are eligible for lending will have a message on the product detail page "Lending: Enabled." Books can only be loaned once, and periodicals and other content are not currently available for lending.

Even talking to customer support didn't work. So sad.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 7:48:40 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 15, 2012 7:50:02 PM PDT
It's not sad. Amazon is not putting these restrictions in place, so what would you have them do? Like others have said, no one is stopping you from handing your kindle to a friend.

ETA a missing word. :/

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 7:51:42 PM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Amazon does not set the limits on lending, the publishers do (you know, those companies that actually own the rights to distribute the works). Before calling something "sad", you may wish to have an inkling of what you are talking about.l

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 7:53:27 PM PDT
KessaJo says:
If I bought a physical book
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Then buy a physical book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 7:55:34 PM PDT
Thank you. It is such a simple answer - but so hard to grasp....

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 7:58:38 PM PDT
KessaJo says:
Of course, there is also this page

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=amb_link_357435342_10?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200549320&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-21-0&pf_rd_r=17NYF1XRP5WPJB8JE0GW&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_p=1362859362&pf_rd_i=B005890G8O#publicnotes

Which has a link to it on the Kindle product pages.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2012 9:16:38 PM PDT
King Al says:
You think it's sad that Amazon refused to violate the copyright holders' rights? Your attitude is sad.
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