Kindle to Get eBook Lending, Periodicals for Apps
It looks like Amazon is going to be adding a couple of new features to the Kindle and Kindle apps over the coming weeks.
First, Amazon is going to update the Kindle for iPad and iPhone apps to accept newspaper and magazine subscriptions, which have been limited to Kindle hardware products. The Kindle for Android app and other apps will get the same update too later down the line.
Amazon certainly wants to start selling subscriptions on all the iDevices out there as soon as possible since that’s such a big market. It makes you wonder if they will start adding more images and color content to their periodicals.
As for the new ebook lending feature, it will be just like with the Barnes and Noble Nook. In all honesty it sounds a lot cooler than it really is, thanks to limits set by publishers.
With ebook lending you can let someone borrow an ebook 1 time for 14 days. During that time you will not have access to the lent ebook, and once you get it back you cannot lend it again—ever. Publishers determine which ebooks are lendable and which are not.
Looking over at Barnes and Noble’s ebook lending section, there are actually more than I expected. In fact, they have over 107,000 lendable ebooks. Overall B&N lists about 1.9 million ebooks, of those about 272,000 are paid titles, so almost 40% of B&N’s paid ebooks have the lending option.
Source: Kindle Forum