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Initial post: Apr 18, 2012 8:08:10 PM PDT
krnholleman says:
Is there a limit to how many times I can loan a Kindle Book I purchased? I loaned the Hunger Games to my mother and now would like to loan it to a friend, but am not able to send it. I have loaned The Girl on Fire to my mother, and I am able to loan her the last book in the series. I guess I am asking about a limit to the number of times a book can be loaned.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 18, 2012 8:09:39 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
My understanding is that a lending-enabled ebook can be lent once, for two weeks.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 8:25:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 18, 2012 8:25:33 PM PDT
A. Dietz says:
Publishers set the loan policy and if a book can be loaned it's one time, ever, for 14 days. If you've loaned the Hunger Games already, you can never loan that title again.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 11:48:08 AM PDT
RatMan says:
Last I looked Hunger Games is a free title to borrow if you are a Prime Member

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 11:50:45 AM PDT
Yup. Once. To one person. For one fortnight.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 11:51:24 AM PDT
That's a different issue. That's Prime members "borrowing" a book from a selective list.

"Lending" means from one Kindle owner to another. But not all titles are lending-enabled.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 3:52:50 PM PDT
Dawn Ranelli says:
So I loaned the book, once to my mother, but she can't access it, now what?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 3:58:11 PM PDT
@Dawn: Can you tell us more information? Why can't she access it? Did she get the email and then did she accept the loan?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 5:16:37 PM PDT
Dawn Ranelli says:
I sent it to her Kindle address, and she got an email saying that a document had been sent from an unauthorized email address. Ok, authorize my email and we should be good, right? ( I had her authorize my regular email that's associated with my Amazon account. Is there another one it's sent from?) Now it says to resend the document. As stated previously in this thread, it's a one shot loan, so I cannot send it again. How can she access this, and is the two week loan clock ticking while I'm chatting with you?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 5:17:57 PM PDT
Dawn, send it to her personal address, NOT her Kindle address. She'll get a link in the email to accept the loan.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 5:52:22 PM PDT
Bixillarla says:
You don't send it to the Kindle address, there is no way to check those emails. It is for document conversions only.

You need to send it to her personal email address so she can click on the accept link.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 5:56:06 PM PDT
@Dawn: You can also check the details of lending ebooks at

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 6:00:13 AM PDT
I rather wish the lending WOULD work through the Kindle email address. It sort of makes intuitive sense, doesn't it? I'm lending a Kindle book to another Kindle owner. Why not use the Kindle email?

That would be nice.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 7:00:58 AM PDT
Dawn Ranelli says:
@Folina- yes, they should make this more specific in the FAQ. So the bottom line here is that I'm out of luck? There's nothing that anyone can do?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 7:17:02 AM PDT
The recipient has 7 days or so to accept the loan. After that, the title comes back to you and can be loaned out again. You might also want to contact Kindle CS - they ~might~ be able to send the book back to you so it can be loaned out.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 8:42:05 AM PDT
King Al says:
I'm guessing that it is because some of the apps (e.g. K4Mac) still do not have an email address associated with it.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 2:03:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 20, 2012 6:35:41 PM PDT
I don't want anyone else to ever, ever be able to send something directly to my Kindle. The only person I would trust to do that is my sister and we share the account, so it's not an issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2012 2:56:06 PM PDT
 Ann says:
A recipient has 7 days to accept a loan, then 14 days to read the book. If loans went straight to a Kindle via the Kindle email address, what would happen if the recipient wasn't quite ready to start reading?

Also, some people have multiple Kindles. It would seem a bit more straightforward to send a loan to a regular email address and let the recipient download it to wherever, than to figure out which Kindle email address to use.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 3:54:10 PM PDT
C. S. Jones says:
Also part of accepting it into your account is agreeing to the legal terms and conditions for usage of an ebook. The account is the only owner of any registered licenses while devices and apps just check out licensed copies from the account.
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