Amazon’s Kindle e-book platform is turning out to be a real revolution in the book market. E-Books on Amazon now outsell printed books by a huge margin, and that change happened in an astonishing four years after launch of the Kindle. Amazon has been selling books for sixteen years in total. Amazing. Now a new phenomena is springing up, lending Kindle books, and it can even earn you money.
Lendle is a Kindle e-book lending and borrowing service built around a community of book lovers. The great thing is you don’t actually need to own a Kindle, as long as you have the Kindle software for an iPad, smartphone or desktop computer, but you will need to have books to lend in order to borrow. This keeps things fair for all (and prevents leechers).
You have to earn the right to borrow books from others by participating in the community in some way, and by of course lending books to others, and a big issue is you can only lend a book once as per Amazon rules. This means you’ll need to have a pretty big library if you want to keep borrowing books from other people, which is probably why Amazon doesn’t object to the whole practice.
As for the earning money stuff, the Lendle service pays people a small credit for every book that’s loaned out, payable in Amazon Gift Tokens. It’s a nice touch and yet another bonus for the Amazon book machine. A community full of people earning tokens to buy more books, what’s not to like? There are already 78,000 books available on the service, which is pretty impressive.
Anyway it’s a cool service, and although it’s ultimately limited by the number of publishers willing to allow their books to be loaned out (a growing number we hope) and the fact that it’s currently USA only, we think it’s something that deserves to flourish. Check it out.