Ok, this is the first time Smokinhotbooks actually (kind of) gets techy.
After seeing Mashable’s article on the new Kindle Lending feature I decided to test drive this puppy out because I’ve been dying to share my goodies with K-Khan since we both got Kindles.
Basically if you have a Kindle app or Kindle you can participate, buuuuut the person you are sending it to a. has to have an Amazon account and b. either a Kindle or the app. Also, another drawback so far you cannot ‘Kindle Loan’ with an international user (excluding Canada…I think).
Step 1. Go to Manage Kindle Section in Amazon and click the plus sign to see if you can loan the book. Pretty simple. If you are contemplating buying a book you can also see in the product description whether or not you can loan before you buy.
Step 2. Put in lucky SOB’s email address and wa-lah easy peasy.
Now, it will be loaned to lucky SOB for 14 DAYS ONLY! During this time YOU CANNOT access the loan Kindle title. Sucks, I know.
Receiving Kindle Book Loan
Step 1. You’ll get an email notification allowing you to download Kindle book looks like this:
Step 2. You can select what device to send the book to ie Kindle, Ipad, Iphone etc. If you are a Kindle app junkie like me, you probably are familiar with this step.
*Note you are only given 14 days to read the book, god forbid if someone sends you Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. You will also receive a notice 3 days before your time is up as well as the sender.
Kindle Loan Likes
- We can finally loan Kindle books thank you Amazon
- Pretty easy interface if your familiar with managing yoru Kindle via Amazon
- Apparently all my ubber smutty books are available to loan
Kindle Loan Dislikes
- You can ONLY loan once. I can’t tell you what a mistake that is, at least give me a 5 person limit for 1 year etc. I can’t tell you how many paperbacks I loan to my immediate family and if they really really really like the book, it’s a shoe-in they’ll buy a book from that author.
- You ONLY get 14 days to read the Kindle book. Uh, okayyyyyy. That’s 2 weekends and most of us are pretty busy not to mention if you receive a book that is 400-600 pages. Did Amazon conduct a survey on how long it takes on average to read 200-400 page book….?
- Publisher has to opt in, in order for you to loan. As I was chatting (coughs tweeting during work hours) a tweet pal of mine mentioned that out of all her Kindle books she could only share 3. So, I went onto to my account (gasped at how many Kindle books I’ve bought) and noticed that most of the main stream publishers had not opted in (yet) for me to share. But apparently, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain, Dreamspinner press, and Carina Press ie my smutty pubs have opted in. This means one lucky SOB gets to read one of my Jaid Black Viking Slave auction books wink. Not so bueno I can’t share many of my paranormal romances, urban fantasy, historical romances, and pretty much 80% of my Kindle books.
Hopefully, over time this will change.
All in all I’m not happy with the length of loan time and only being allowed to loan a Kindle book once FOREVER, but since my father will never, ever, be the recipient of one of my smutty erotica’s I don’t think I mind only sharing with my other blogger half K-Khan.
What do we think of the new Kindle Loan feature….?
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