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Lending Kindle Books
Kindle books can be loaned to another reader for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle -- Kindle books can also be read using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Not all books are lendable -- it is up to the publisher or rights holder to determine which titles are eligible for lending. The lender will not be able to read the book during the loan period. Books can only be loaned once, and subscription content is not currently available for lending.
Finding Lendable Books
Titles that are eligible for lending, as determined by the publisher or rights holder, will have a message on the product detail page. Scroll down to the "Product Details" section and look for "Lending: Enabled" as shown below:
For titles you already own, you can check the Your Orders section in Manage Your Kindle. Click the "+" symbol next to a title to reveal additional information about the title. If lending is enabled, you'll see a Loan this book button next to the product image.
Loaning a Kindle Book
You can initiate a loan from Manage Your Kindle or the book's product detail page on Amazon.com. You'll enter the borrower's name and e-mail address and an optional notification message. Your recipient can receive the book loan even if they do not yet have a Kindle or Kindle reading application.
From Manage Your Kindle:
Manage Your Kindle lists all of your Kindle content purchases under the Your Kindle Library section.
Note: Be sure to send your Kindle book loan notification to your borrower's personal e-mail address, not their Kindle.com e-mail address.
From the product detail page of a book you have already purchased:
When logged in to your Amazon account and looking at the product detail page of a book you have already purchased, a notification at the top of the page will indicate that you already own the title. If lending for the book is enabled, you'll see a second notice: "Loan this book to anyone you choose."
Your loan recipient will be notified of the loan through the e-mail address you provide. The borrower has seven days to accept the loan.
If the loan is not accepted after seven days, the book will become available again through your Archived Items. You can also attempt to loan the book again at that time.
If the borrower already owns the title, or the title is not available in the borrower's country due to copyright restrictions, the borrower will not be able to accept the loan. In these cases the lender will be able to read and loan the book again after the seven day period has ended.
Receiving a Kindle Book Loan
If someone has loaned you a Kindle book, you will receive an e-mail notification allowing you to download the book to your Kindle device or free Kindle reading application. After accepting the loan, you'll have 14 days to enjoy the book until the download ends.
To download a Kindle book loan:
Tip: You have seven days from when you first received your e-mail about the book load to accept the loan. Once you accept, you have 14 days before the loan expires.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many times I can lend a book?
Books can only be loaned once, and periodicals and other content are not currently available for lending.
As the lender, can I read the book while it is out on loan?
Once you initiate a Kindle book loan, you will not be able to read the book until the loan period has ended, after which your access will automatically be restored.
Once your notification has been sent, a reminder message will appear on the Home screen of your Kindle or Kindle reading app, indicating that the book is on loan and cannot be read until the loan has ended.
During the loan period the book will still remain visible in your Archived Items folder, but you will be unable to redownload the title.
Will I be notified before the book loan expires?
Yes. Three days before the end of the 14-day loan period we will send borrowers a courtesy reminder e-mail about the loan expiration. Once the loan period has ended, an e-mail notification will be sent to both the book lender and borrower. The lender can then access the book again through their Archived Items and Manage Your Kindle.
The borrower will receive a notice on the Home screen of their device indicating that the loan has ended. The borrower will still be able to view the title from their Archived Items folder as well, but selecting the title will bring up a reminder that the loan has ended and provide a link to purchase the item.
If the recipient is finished with the loaned book and wishes to return it, they can do so from the Your Orders section of Manage Your Kindle. Here's how:
After initiating a return the reading rights will be restored to the owner of the book. The owner will also receive an e-mail confirmation of the return.
How do I view the status of my loan?
You can view the status of a Kindle book loan from the Manage Your Kindle page. Click on the "+" symbol next to any title to view more details about any book that you've loaned or borrowed.
If you've loaned out the book, you'll see the loan date listed, as well as whether the loan is pending, the expiration date of an accepted loan, or the returned date.
Borrowers will be able to see how much longer a loan is available, or if it has ended.
What happens to my notes and highlights?
The lender's notes and highlights are not visible to the borrower during a Kindle books loan. When the book is returned, the same notes and highlights will appear in the book as before the loan was initiated.
The borrower of a Kindle book loan is also able to make notes and highlights in loaned books. These will not be visible to the lender at the end of the loan period. If a borrower purchases the same title after the loan has ended, any notes and highlights made in the loaned book will be retained in the purchased version.
Is lending available internationally?
At this time, Kindle book lending can only be initiated by customers residing in the United States. If a loan is initiated to a customer outside the United States, the borrower may not be able to accept the loan if the title is not available in their country due to publisher geographical rights.
In these cases the borrower will be notified of this during the Loan redemption process, and the book reading and lending rights will return to the lender at the end of seven days from loan initiation. You can always check the status of a loan by viewing the book on the Manage Your Kindle page.
When can I loan an ebook from the library?
Kindle customers are able to borrow Kindle books from more than 11,000 libraries in the United States through the Kindle Library Lending feature. You can check out a Kindle book from your local library and start reading on any Kindle device or free Kindle app for Android, iPad, iPod touch, iPhone, PC, Mac, BlackBerry, or Windows Phone. Kindle Library Lending provides the same unique features as Kindle and Kindle books, including the ability to read on any Kindle or free Kindle app, Whispersync technology that synchronizes your notes, highlights and last page read, real page numbers, and more.
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