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Initial post: Oct 22, 2010, 8:33:09 AM PDT
We wanted to let you know about two new features coming soon.

First, we are making Kindle newspapers and magazines readable on our free Kindle apps, so you can always read Kindle periodicals even if you don't have your Kindle with you or don't yet own a Kindle. In the coming weeks, many newspapers and magazines will be available on our Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch, and then we'll be adding this functionality to Kindle for Android and our other apps down the road. Our vision is Buy Once, Read Everywhere, and we're excited to make this possible for Kindle periodicals in the same way that it works now for Kindle books. More details when we launch this in the coming weeks.

Second, later this year, we will be introducing lending for Kindle, a new feature that lets you loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users. Each book can be lent once for a loan period of 14-days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable - this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending.

We will post to the forum later this year when these features are available.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 8:45:55 AM PDT
Bill Kouris says:
Will lending come as a software update?
Either way, nook= dead now ^.^

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 8:54:36 AM PDT
KindlePad says:
Lending = love it lots!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 8:54:39 AM PDT
Beth Sexton says:
So, will the periodicals be available to other Kindles on the same account?

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 8:55:50 AM PDT
Not so sure nook is dead, but it sure does take away a perceived "plus" on the nook side.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 8:55:56 AM PDT
Tom F. says:
Well, there's still the huge issue of being able to read library books in the EPUB format. There are a lot of people who own a Kindle and consider it their main reader that have also bought a nook (or a Sony) just to be able to read library books.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 8:57:34 AM PDT
T. Moody says:
The Lend feature will be awesome! :)

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:09:06 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2010, 9:11:46 AM PDT
Kindleista says:
Ahh, so Barnes and Noble does have something good coming down the pipeline.

Lol, just kidding Amazon. Great news. Now if I only had some friends I could lend books to.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:12:05 AM PDT
Tnafbrat says:

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:17:20 AM PDT
Holly says:
My comparison just blew the nook out of the competition...saving for the Kindle!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:21:34 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
Hey, S. Lockhart, I've seen various forums and FB pages where people get together and trade books. I'm sure something like that will pop up here and on other kindle boards.

Nice one, Amazon.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:25:26 AM PDT
T. Moody says:
Good choice Michelle. I think you will be very pleased with the K3. :)

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:25:54 AM PDT
howie wine says:
would be great if the price of mags and newspapers is REASONABLE. no way until then. and being able to LOAN something only once when i own it already....stupid and sucky

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:26:55 AM PDT
eac615 says:
I'll volunteer to lend the few books that I have to anyone reading this ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:30:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 22, 2010, 9:32:21 AM PDT
The lending feature is very good.

Will libraries be able to lend out books or is the lender restricted to being an individual account holder?

If public libraries are allowed, it would be nice if the borrowing could be done on-line and WiFi downloaded to the Kindle.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:30:54 AM PDT
Phil Clark says:
"Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable - this is solely up to the publisher or rights holder, who determines which titles are enabled for lending."

And the Publisher will probably find a way to either charge a fee to the lendee or raise the Kindle Edition Price to make up for the lost sale. Like 12.99 of the nonlendable edition and 17.99 for the lendable one.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:33:32 AM PDT
KindlePad says:
I guess the success of the Lending feature depends on the percentage of ebooks that can be lent out. If some publishers decide to mark all their releasers as "lending disabled" as some do on TTS, then it's largely moot.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:36:17 AM PDT
DS says:
Are we going to get 'column reading' for the Kindle as in the Kindle for Mac? I like the visual differentiation when reading a periodical.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:37:52 AM PDT
Karlyn says:
woo hoo!! The lending feature is limited, but it's something. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:38:50 AM PDT
Add all you want. I do not want magazines or newspapers. I only read books and mainly ones that are under $12. When the book is only $.15 cheaper on Kindle I will buy the hardback at Costco.

I do approve of the lending (even for only 14 days to one person) but price gouging is too much to handle.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:39:40 AM PDT
Tnafbrat says:
@CLS10 ... a forum here to share/lend books ... that would be a great idea!

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:39:42 AM PDT
Kindleista says:
I never thought of that CLS10. Thanks for mentioning that. I have to wonder though if that kind of lending club is the reason some publishers disable lending. It's one thing for friends to lend books back and forth but when you create a large "lending club" the power of numbers takes over and all of a sudden you're only buying 1 in 30 of the books you are reading. (Totally made-up stat).

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:44:28 AM PDT
KindlePad says:

When have creative goods ever been sold based on the cost to produce them? Do you buy DVDs based on the cost of the actual disc? Do you pay less for a movie ticket for a movie that was cheaper than Avatar to produce?

I can understand wanting cheaper ebooks - I am sure we all do. But realistically, publishers aren't going to lower their prices just because ebooks are cheaper to produce. They price books based on perceived value and what the market will bear.

I guess if the vast majority of kindle / nook owners stopped buying ebooks over $9.99 they might lower prices, but then they might also decide to just not publish the ebook also if sales drop.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2010, 9:46:04 AM PDT
CLS10 says:
But remember, the club may be "large" but the amount of lending won't necessarily be because a) some books aren't on the top of a prospective lendee's list and b) you can only lend the book once--once you lend it to that one person (whether or not they use the 14 days wisely and actually read the book) it's done. That feature was probably enacted because of the fear you mentioned, S. Lockhart.

Posted on Oct 22, 2010, 9:47:58 AM PDT
Paxton says:
I wonder what the percentage of "lendable" books on the Nook currently is? Any Nook owners know?

I also wonder if ePub/library access will be the next announcement. That would really blow everything else out of the water.
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