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Why can I only lend out a kindle book once?

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Initial post: Jul 24, 2011 5:21:29 PM PDT
N. Dabbs says:
Has anyone else run into the problem of once you loan a kindle book, and it has been returned back to you, if you try to loan it out again, the loan option has been removed from the drop downs for that book?
What's up with that?

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 5:22:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2011 5:22:37 PM PDT
CLS10 says:
Because the publishers, who set terms of ebook lending on the kindle and nook, say so.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 5:29:59 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
The publishers set the rules on lending and they say 1 time only. Funny thing though is the big publishers setting the limits don't allow thier books to be leant anyway.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 5:30:53 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
Way back when Nookers were bragging about how much better their device was because of lending, the limitation was a frequent counter-argument. It has always been one time, two weeks, never again. The publishers also paint their stuff unlendable with a pretty wide brush. I really don't understand the folks who put all their lendable titles up for grabs to strangers...don't they have any real-life friends with kindles?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 6:10:19 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2011 6:11:22 PM PDT
N. Dabbs says:
I don't understand lending to strangers either. I leant #5 in a series I have to my sister. They went on vacation and she didn't get a chance to read it. I tried to re-loan it to her and couldn't. Guess she will have to buy it if she wants to continue the series in order. Thank you all for your help in this matter. Neither one of us was aware of the "limitations".

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 6:26:23 PM PDT
C. S. Jones says:
Just as an FYI the limitations on the lending program are listed on the Kindles product page.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 6:37:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 24, 2011 6:38:14 PM PDT
N Dabbs,

If you are willing to let your sister see all the titles in your archive, you can have her de-register, register to your account, download the book(s), de-register and register back on her own account.

While she's registered, anything she buys gets charged to you. You can trust your sister, right?

The limitation here is that each book can usually have 6 simultaneous downloads to different devices.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 6:42:46 PM PDT
Carbonbased says:
Actually, I think Amazon is starting to watch the de-register/register dance; we've always known it violates the terms of service.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 6:53:01 PM PDT
KimberlyinMN says:
I don't mind lending books to strangers. My dad and I don't read the same type of books. The books my brother and I read aren't allowed to be lended. :) (Of course, I also give money to strangers if they fall short at the checkout line too and tell them to "pay it forward" when they can.)

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 6:54:59 PM PDT
Gpamelac says:
The publishers want limits on how many times we loan a book and even library ebooks have limits
for how many times a book can be loaned before they need to purchase more licenses.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 6:55:25 PM PDT
King Al says:
"I really don't understand the folks who put all their lendable titles up for grabs to strangers...don't they have any real-life friends with kindles? "

Actually I don't... (but I don't participate in any of the lending groups either).

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 7:14:56 PM PDT
A. Sisk says:
It's these lending sites that the publishers were afraid of. While I know it's totally "legit" -- I feel this way: if I wouldn't have lent you a book before ebooks (ie. I don't KNOW you) why would I do so now. It just rips off the publisher and the author.

If it were my mom, a friend, a colleague or a student that wanted to borrow something, sure thing.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 7:53:46 PM PDT
J. Rhodes says:
How do I lend a book from my kindle to my friend's kindle?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 7:56:57 PM PDT
Go to Manage Your Kindle here on the site. Scroll down to the title of the book you want to loan. Click on the dropdown menu to the right of the title. IF the publisher allows that book to be loaned (not all Kindle books can be), the option will show up on the menu. Click on it and follow the directions. You will need the recipient's regular e-mail address.

The book will be loaned for 14 days. After that, the book returns to your archive. Unless current rules change (which isn't likely), you will never be able to lend that book again, not to the same person, not to anyone else.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 24, 2011 8:10:51 PM PDT
flipoid says:
Carbonbased, I only know of two other people who have Kindles (other than my husband), and they don't read the same types of books as I do. My husband and I have loaned books to each other (we have separate Amazon accounts) though.

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 9:45:42 PM PDT
I'm one who never thought I would use the lending feature but it has allowed me to read several books I didn't want to purchase but wanted to read. If a book I have can help someone out the same way, why not share it?

Posted on Jul 24, 2011 11:32:54 PM PDT
D. Figueroa says:
I have friends with Kindles, most of them hang out here. I just don't have any real-life friends with Kindles who also have my taste in books. My best friend in NJ has lent me 2 or 3 books, but our tastes are very different.

Lending to strangers means that the books get loaned and I also have the advantage of being able to borrow books. If that's strange, then so be it.

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 12:18:57 AM PDT
A. Sisk says:
I don't begrudge anyone else for doing it, it's just not right to me. Because of lending sites, I totally understand the limitations that the publishers have placed on lending. Could you imagine what could happen to book sales if it was unlimited?

Posted on Jul 25, 2011 9:05:00 AM PDT
F J McGill says:
Two things,
I have thoroughly enjoyed being able to borrow books via To date I have probably saved at least $50.00 on books. Re: the publishers limitations on book lending, I can see a crafty reason behind it. If the book is very long, they have calculated that it won't be finished in the two week loaned period and that the person will want to finish the book therefore they will go ahead and BUY it.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 25, 2011 9:08:40 AM PDT
Bridget Ruth says:
Nope. I don't. I have one real-life friend with an ereader and she has a Nook. Wait, I have one friend with a Kindle, but we don't have the same tastes in reading at all. Eventually I'll give my mom a kindle, but I'll put her on my account, and my BF is on my account with his tablet now.

Plus, I'm only 7 lends away from my $10 giftcard on Lendle.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 4:16:56 PM PDT
I can borrow a physical book from a friend as many times as i want, for as long as i want. Kindle's DRM is crippling with it's 14 day one time ever policy and will keep people out getting paper books because they can FREELY SHARE them with no penalty. Isn't it enough to make the product un-printable and un-copyable?

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 4:41:17 PM PDT
Wordlings says:
One thing - lending a book through Kindle does not obligate me to re-claim the book - so lending to a stranger would not worry me. It is automatically returned. It's NEVER automatic with a printed book and frankly sometimes my book never comes back.

Posted on Aug 16, 2012 4:54:48 PM PDT
Just to remind everyone, most public libraries lend ebooks including Kindle ebooks. All totally free and legit. I have been enjoying having a library card for the first time in 20 years and saving tons of money on books and audiobooks! (and getting some return on my tax dollars, lol!)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 5:04:27 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
Hard copies and ebooks each have their own pros and cons. As a consumer, you should evaluate which best suits your needs and expectations, and spend your money accordingly.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 16, 2012 5:57:02 PM PDT
King Al says:
Actually, Amazon now sells more ebooks than paper books, so most people apparently don't care.
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