What is Book Lending?
Certain books from Amazon and Barnes and Noble are flagged Lending Enabled when you buy them online. These books if you have an email address can be sent to any person, one time for 14 days. At the end of the 14 days the book is returned to the original owner. When books you own are lent out, you cannot read them until they are returned. Books can be returned early when a user deletes them from their device.
Does it cost anything?
If you want to lend books out you will earn 2 Tokens. These Tokens are used to borrow books. If you approach our site in a give and take relationship you can continue to lend and borrow for free. If you do not have books to lend or wish to save money you can purchase Tokens for $2.00 each. You can spend tokens on borrowing books and becomes an afforedable way to satiate your literary thrist.
How do I register an Account?
If you are an existing Facebook or Twitter account owner you can use our one click register buttons underneath the main registration field on the right hand corner of every page on our website. You can also manually register and give us basic details. We recommend all users edit their profiles and pick what kind of e-reader you own. This will help with other users being able to lend you books better.
How does Kindle Lending Work?
Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle -- Kindle books can also be read using our free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices. Not all books are lendable -- it is up to the publisher or rights holder to determine which titles are eligible for lending. While a book is on loan, the lender will not be able to read the book.
Learn more about Lending Kindle Books.
How Does Nook Lending Work?
The basics of the LendMe service is that you can lend supported books ONE time to ONE person for a period up to 14 days. You can loan multiple books to the same person, but each supported book is only able to be lent out by you once. I understand this is a limitation placed on the books by publishers, but at least it is a step in the right direction and maybe we will see this limitation change in the future.
The books are available to the person who received the loaned book for free for up to 14 days and can be returned by the reader earlier if they finish in just a few days or something. To be clear, the owner cannot then lend that book out again to someone else, EVER.
Receiving a loan
A member of the Barnes & Noble PR team loaned me an ebook and a notification bubble appeared in the lower left of my nook display. I then went to My Library and saw that there was an offer to accept page (see the screenshot in my image gallery). You then use the touch color display to choose Yes, borrow this or No, thank you. If you turn down the loan then the book rights are returned to the owner and they can read the book or try lending it out to someone else. The lend offer is valid for 7 days so the person can decide if they want to read it or not. If 7 days goes by without a response, then the rights are returned to the lender.
After you accept the offer, then the word Download appears on your bottom color display so you can add it to your device. You will then see the book in your library with the words From a friend after the book title. The number of remaining days of the loan also appears so you know how long you have left to read the book.
You can return the book before the 14 day period expires, but currently only through the Barnes & Noble website and not from the nook.
Loaning a book to a friend
I made a comment in my first impressions article that I didn’t know what the Contacts utility was for and at that time I forgot about the LendMe technology. You obviously need Contacts so you can lend books to people. Here are the steps to lend out books:
Buy a lendable book. At this time about 50% of the B&N library is eligible for LendMe. As you can see in my image gallery, when accessing the B&N website an icon will appear close to the book title that informs you if LendMe is supported or not so if this is something you want to try and use then pay attention when you buy books on the website. This notice does not yet appear on the store front on the nook itself.
Choose that book title in your library
Select the option to Lend in the menu (shown in my image gallery)
Add a contact or select an existing one. Name and email address are all that is required.
Type a note for your contact, optional
Submit and confirm the loan
That’s it and after the person accepts the loan offer you will see the words On loan appear in your library list of books. You will not be able to read the book until it comes off loan. If you loan a book to someone and they already have the title in their own library, then you will receive a message that the book has not been lent to prevent duplication and prevent you from using your one time loan to someone who already owns the title.
Also, once a lending offer has been sent, it cannot be retracted so make sure you want to lend your book that one time to the designated contact. You also cannot lend a book that has been loaned to you.