Amazon Launches Kindle Book Lending in US

Amazon has launched book lending on the Kindle e-reader in the US, several weeks after Amazon said the service would arrive by the "end of the year".

The service will operate under the same terms as that offered by US bookseller Barnes & Noble. On its website Amazon says "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". Under the terms of the service, the person lending the book will not be able to read it during the loan period.

It is unclear just how many books are eligible for lending, as it depends on the publisher whether it chooses to enable the feature. By way of comparison, Barnes & Noble has said in the past that over half its titles are eligible.

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