by Chris Walters
There are days when I love the Internet. It’s been less than 24 hours since Amazon rolled out ebook lending, and already there are at least four places online where you can lend and borrow Kindle titles with complete strangers.
I imagine some Kindle owners would balk at public lending, either because they want to reserve their one-time-only loans for friends or because they don’t like the idea of sharing email addresses with strangers. But for those willing to participate, it could provide lots of free reading.
If this sort of thing takes off–and especially if some of the mainstream websites pick up on this in the next couple of news cycles–then I can imagine lots of big publishers will refuse to turn on lending (if they haven’t already). In the end, we may all end up grateful that Amazon is making lending a default feature for most books published through its DTP system.
Enough blather! Here are the sites I’ve found so far. As I discover more, I’ll add them to the post. (You can also keep track of this Mobileread thread for additional updates.) Good luck finding something to read!
KindleLend at Reddit
Kindle Book Lending Club on facebook
And for the Nook Owners, here are a couple sites where you can exchange NookBooks.
(Photo: CCAC North Library)
reposted from Booksprung