First let me state that I think the lending rules on the Kindle and Nook are complete rubbish. I mean really the selection is very limit and you can only lend an item one time and for only 14 days. But I think any loaning is better than none, so I was pleased to see Amazon open up loaning for Kindle titles recently.
I have 125 items on my Kindle of those 17 are loanable, which is 13.6%
But wait of that 125 I paid for 18 titles. Of those 18 I can lend 1 which is 5%.
Niether of those number is anything to get excited about. Now granted I don’t read popular fiction so most of my titles are non-fiction, that may make a difference. I’d love to hear numbers from other Nook, Kindle and Sony owners! Leave a comment!
So let’s get down to the real reason for this post- some tools for sharing the books you own and actually can share with more than just the few people you may know who have the same device as you.
Resources for sharing and borrowing your ebooks
Bookfriend.me This site allows Nook owners to connect with each other and share books using the LendMe feature. To get started, enter a book author or title in the search box that you’d like to lend or borrow.
Kindlelendingclub.com – Kindle Lending Club is a website that matches lenders and borrowers of Kindle ebooks. To participate in lending and borrowing Kindle books, you must first register as a user on the site or connect with Facebook Connect.
ebookfling.com – With eBook Fling, swap unlimited ebooks with thousands of readers nationwide. Just fling an eBook to others and catch the eBook of your choice – choose from the hottest New York Times Bestsellers, timeless classics and even rare, eclectic titles, textbooks and tech manuals! Trade Kindle™ and Nook™ books using your e-reader device, iPad, iPhone, Blackberry™ or Android™ smartphone.
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