Friends, Romans, Countrymen Lend Me Your Ebooks: Resources for Loaning & Borrowing Nook & Kindle Items

Kindle 3This is not a post about libraries and ebooks but about ebook loaning for purchased titles.

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.

Some numbers

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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9 comments for “Friends, Romans, Countrymen Lend Me Your Ebooks: Resources for Loaning & Borrowing Nook & Kindle Items

  1. Janelle Mercer
    January 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    I always find numbers like this interesting. I have a Nook.

    I have only had my Nook a little over a month so my numbers aren’t so great.

    I have 58 Items on my Nook.
    22 of these items are books
    30 are sample books (I mostly have sample cookbooks. I wanted to look at them before I bought any. I haven’t bought any as of yet. I usually download a sample of a regular book before I buy it, too. )
    6 are magazines

    Most of my books (not counting samples) are fiction. I have 2 nonfiction books.

    I paid for 6 of these 22 items.
    8 out of my 22 items are lendable, 36.36%

    • January 27, 2011 at 7:14 am

      That’ a better percentage but still not great. Thanks for doing the math and sharing!

  2. Barbara Henry
    January 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    You don’t need to own a nook or kindle device to lend and borrow–use it on any device including nook for PC and Kindle for PC. Unfortunately, there are more borrowers than loaners. I have used both the Kindle club and the bookfriend.me. Borrowed the “Finkler Question” for the PC for Kindle and loaned out 3 nook books. Each service worked well although the bookfriend.me process could be explained a bit better in the FAQs. The publishers, of course, do not allow lending on a lot of the good stuff as they want you to buy it. One nook book I have was a LendMe book when I bought it, but now it is no longer a LendMe book. So I guess publishers can take away the right to lend if and when they want to. Also, Pandigital Novel readers can lend and borrow with the nook because they both use the Barnes & Noble bookstore.

    • January 27, 2011 at 6:44 am

      Good point Barbara I did realize that but should have been clearer. You don’t have to have an ereader to buy or borrow Nook or Kindle books.

  3. January 27, 2011 at 12:03 am

    We’re creating a similar website, Booklends, that will make it easy for Kindle and Nook users to borrow and loan books to one another. Visit http://www.booklends.com to sign up for our mailing list, and we’ll let you know when our site is finished (probably within a week or so)

    • January 27, 2011 at 7:15 am

      Great to see more options coming! I’ll keep an eye out!

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