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Why can't we loan Kindle books like we can loan paperback or hardcover?

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Initial post: May 7, 2012 12:43:12 PM PDT
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Posted on May 7, 2012 12:44:47 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 12:45:48 PM PDT
You can. When you loan a paperback book, you hand over the entire thing. The words as well as the container. Nothing is stopping you from handing over your Kindle (the container) to a friend. In fact, my friend and I exchange Kindle books this way.

Posted on May 7, 2012 12:46:26 PM PDT
T. Cook says:
You can, you just hand them your Kindle, just like you'd hand them the paperback/hardcover, then wait until they're done to get it back.

Posted on May 7, 2012 12:49:10 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
OP, you've deleted your post, but the answer is basically "Because the publishers say you can't." The publishers control lending, and they limit lending to one time, if they permit it at all.

Posted on May 7, 2012 12:49:35 PM PDT
Why do people delete their posts? Is it because they can't stand by their words?

In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2012 1:05:31 PM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Because they like to light the fires, then leave no trace of them being the fire starter.

Posted on May 28, 2012 1:41:41 PM PDT
JordanArlie says:
You can, you must first go online. Go under your account, scroll to digital content, go under, 'manage your kindle,' then click on actions next the title you want to loan, then click on the last option, 'loan this title,' then you have to have the recipitant email adress and wa-lah! Your welcome! (:

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 1:42:15 PM PDT
That only works on books that the publishers have enabled lending on. Not all books can do this.

Posted on May 28, 2012 1:56:27 PM PDT
Chris Miller says:
Strip the DRM. Now you can lend it to as many people as you want.

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 1:57:16 PM PDT
You do know that's illegal, right?

In reply to an earlier post on May 28, 2012 2:14:57 PM PDT
Desperate times call for desperate measures. Are you unaware of those greedy publishers who profit from my wants? An unfair profit at my expense? I want my entertainment to be free from restrictions. I want my entertainment to be free, in fact. I want. I want. I want.


Posted on Aug 2, 2012 7:15:17 AM PDT
I can loan a few but not all my kindle books, (for very few books, under "actions" there is a "loan this title" tab. But apparently, NOT FOR ALL!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 7:17:51 AM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
Because the publishers say you can't. You can loan your Kindle to your friend, or buy a $79 Kindle to loan out to friends.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 8:57:51 AM PDT
Mandie says:
The book I purchased didn't cost $79. Why should I have to loan my kindle to a friend? It's not the same as loaning a book. Thats BS. I can understand loaning and having the book completely disappear from my cloud while its on loan. Or publishers requiring a wait period (a year or two) before making a book loanable.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:03:31 AM PDT
If lending is that important to you, buy paper books and lend them to your heart's content.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:06:27 AM PDT
Mandie says:
Yes, thats an option (a snotty answer too, thanks) but if I wanted to continue to kill trees I would have never bought a Kindle. Thanks for your most insightful reply though!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:09:37 AM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
If your friend has a Kindle, you can swap Kindles with her. You can read one of her books and she can read one of yours.

Publishers determine the lending policy for their books, assuming they permit lending at all. Whinging on a customer forum won't change anything. If you really want your voice to be heard by the publishers, contact them.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:11:35 AM PDT
Mandie says:
Thanks Cassie! Ive never considered swapping my kindle with someone. Its always so loaded with books that I'd hate to do that, BUT that is a good option :)

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:13:37 AM PDT
M Francis' reply was not snotty.

You can give your friend your log in info and she could read the book on a pc, ipod, smartphone, etc. by doenloading a free kindle app.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:14:52 AM PDT
Mandie says:
Thats the beauty of opinions. :) What smart phone apps?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:15:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 21, 2012 9:16:51 AM PDT
What was snotty about M. Francis' reply? You were given a realistic suggestion. Oh, I see. Because it wasn't what you wanted to hear (I want what I want when I want it), you think it's snotty.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:17:25 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
The kindle app for whatever smartphone the person has.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:21:39 AM PDT
Beth says:

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2012 9:22:12 AM PDT
Noooo, it is no B S. It is a rule in place by publishers to prevent one person from buying an e-book then sharing it so much it cuts into their profits. Imagine a company wanting to make a profit - FOR SHAME....
Hand whoever you want your Kindle just as you would hand them your book.
Buy an extra baby Kindle to lend.
Share your account with more than one person.
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