Showing posts with label ebook lending. Show all posts
Showing posts with label ebook lending. Show all posts

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Lendle, A Kindle Lending Service, Shuts Down

One of February's more popular posts was about the Kindle book lending service Lendle. In a legal move that doesn't make a ton of sense to me, Amazon has shut down Lendle by blocking Lendle's access to the Amazon API. In short, the service is shut down until further notice. You can read all about it on the Lendle blog.

If you're interested in some other places to lend and borrow ebooks, try Book Lending, Lend Ink, or Open Library

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Open Library Read and Borrow Books Online

The Open Library is a part of the Internet Archive. The Open Library is a collection of more than one million free ebook titles. The collection is cataloged by a community of volunteer online librarians. The ebooks in the Open Library can be read online, downloaded to your computer, read on Kindle and other ereader devices, and embedded into other sites. Some of the ebooks, like Treasure Island, can also be listened to through the Open Library.



Applications for Education
Much like Google Books, the Open Library could be a great place to find free copies of classic literature that you want to use in your classroom. The Open Library could also be a good place for students to find books that they want to read on their own. The audio option, while very electronic sounding, could be helpful if you cannot locate any other audio copies of the book you desire.

Update: shortly after I wrote this post, Open Library posted this message on their blog indicating that they are in the midst of a data center migration and that the site might not be fully functional for a day or two.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Lendle - Another Kindle Book Lending Service

Almost as soon as Amazon announced that they would start allowing Kindle users to lend books to each other, Kindle lending services popped-up on the web. I've previously reviewed Lend Ink and Book Lending (formerly Kindle Lending Club). Today, I share with you Lendle.

Lendle works much like other Kindle lending services. When you register on Lendle (it's free, but required) you're asked to list the titles you're willing to lend. Initially you're able to borrow two books. To borrow more books, you must be willing to lend your own books. To borrow a book, submit a request and if someone in the Lendle club has that book you will receive an email notifying you that it is available for download. To lend a book reply to borrower requests.

Applications for Education
Lendle and services similar to it could be useful for students in search of independent reading materials. Hopefully, in the future Amazon will allow users lend books multiple times. That would make ebooks a truly valuable asset for school libraries.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kindle Lending Club Changes Name and URL

Ten days ago I wrote about the Kindle Lending Club. That post is one of the most popular so far this month. Today, through Read Write Web, I learned that Amazon forced the Kindle Lending Club to change its name and url. The Kindle Lending Club is now known as simply Book Lending and the url is booklending.com. The club functions just the same as before.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Kindle Lending Club - Borrow Books for Your Kindle

The December announcement from Amazon that they now allow lending of ebooks between Kindle users made it possible for more people to read more books without spending more money. Almost immediately after Amazon's announcement, services matching Kindle owners with each other popped-up on the web. One of those was Lend Ink which I reviewed last month. Today, I'd like to point out another service to help you find Kindle books to borrow.

The Kindle Lending Club matches book borrowers with book lenders for free. Once you've registered, to borrow a book just search by title or author to find the book you desire. If it's available for borrowing (not all ebooks are), click the borrow button and you'll be notified via email as to when you can read the book. Kindle books can be borrowed for up to 14 days. If you have a book to lend you can visit the lending page to see if anyone has requested that title. From there you can click the lend button to lend your book out for 14 days. Books are automatically returned to you after 14 days if not sooner.

Applications for Education
Unfortunately, Kindle books can only be lent out once. That said, if you're looking to help parents find books for their children to read, the Kindle Lending Club could be a helpful resource.

Monday, January 17, 2011

LendInk - Borrow and Lend eBooks

LendInk is a free service that helps ebook owners lend and borrow copies of ebooks. LendInk matches ebook owners willing to lend with people looking to borrow a specific ebook. LendInk works with Kindle and Nook.

Here's how LendInk works; sign up for an account and you can immediately start browsing for ebooks that are available. When you find an ebook you want to borrow, you make a request to borrow it. You can borrow an ebook for up to 14 days. You can borrow up to three ebooks at a time. LendInk uses a three credit system to prevent you from borrowing too many books at once. Each borrowed book "costs" one credit (credits have no monetary cost). When you return a book you get that credit back. If you have ebooks you're willing to lend, LendInk allows you to list those books in your profile.

Applications for Education
You can only lend to one person at a time using LendInk so it probably isn't the best option if you're hoping to have an entire class borrow and read the same book together. Where it could be useful is in  independent reading programs in which each student reads a different book of his or her choosing.