Amazon has announced two new features for the Kindle - the ability to lend an e-book and making Kindle newspapers and magazines readable on the free Kindle apps.
Kindle books are already available on the free apps as per its Buy Once, Read Everywhere mission but newspapers and magazines were not, so removing the restriction will bring them into line. It will mean Kindle periodicals can always be read even if you don't have your Kindle with you or don't yet own a Kindle. The facility will be available initially "for many newspapers and magazines" on the Kindle apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with Kindle for Android and the other apps being added later.down the road.
The idea of introducing lending for Kindle may be in response to the fact that the Barnes and Noble Nook e-reader has such a feature. Even so it is good news that helps put e-books on a par with print titles which have the advantage that once you have purchased them you can let as many other people as you want share them.
This, however, is not how e-loaning works. While the headline is that you can loan your Kindle books to other Kindle device or Kindle app users the qualifier is that each book can be lent only once and for a limited loan period of just 14 days and the lender cannot read the book during the loan period. Additionally, not all e-books will be lendable. and this is out of Amazon's control as it is the publisher or rights holder who determines which titles are enabled for lending.
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