One of the really cool things about Kindles is that you can lend out some of your ebooks. Lending terms usually allow an ebook to be loaned out one time, for a duration of 14 days. So I was thinking, for my birthday today, why not celebrate by hosting a Kindle book swap between the regulars on my blog? I’m sure we all have at least one book in our Kindle library we’d recommend and be willing to loan out. This way, we can all try something new, save each other a couple bucks, and promote some great books. It’s almost as good as bringing cupcakes to class. :)
If you’ve never loaned a book before, here’s what you do: First, log into your Amazon account on go to the “Manage your Kindle” page to make sure the book you have in mind is “lendable.” Find your book and click on the “Actions” drop box on the far right. It will say “Loan this book” if lending has been enabled for that particular ebook. (Not all ebooks will be enabled.) Click on it and you’ll be able to enter the email address of the friend you wish to lend the book to. It must be the email associated with their Kindle account. Your friend then has 14 days to read the ebook. During this time, your book will NOT be on your Kindle. At the end of the two weeks, the book will automatically drop off your friend’s ereader and reappear back on your own.
I thought it would be cool if all my readers who have a Kindle went into their library and found one kids’ book they wouldn’t mind loaning and posted the title in the comments section along with an email address that can be made public. Maybe you’ll want to include a link to a book review, too. (Keep in mind it will be the only time you can loan the book, so if you already have someone in mind who might want it, don’t choose that title.) On the flip side, if you find a book listed that you’d like to read, leave a comment and ask for it, or contact them privately using the email address they provided. Keep in mind you’ll have to give that person the email address associated with your Kindle account, but it can be done privately, and your account would still be password protected. I’d be comfortable doing so, but if you’re not, that’s okay, you don’t have to participate. I just thought it’d be a cool “techy” way to hold our own swap. And a birthday party. :)
The book I chose to lend out is Cassidy Jones and the Secret Formula, by Elise Stokes, a fun and clean adventure for kids ages 10+. Here’s my review, and my email is firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to borrow it.
So let’s see what happens. Anybody else got a book to lend?