Lendle, one of a number of ebook lending services for the Kindle which have appeared in the last month, was shut down by Amazon earlier this week only for the service to be restored again soon after.
Lendle allows you to borrow books from other Kindle users and in return allow those users to borrow your books. Users are lent the books for 14 days at a time, however only certain books are lendable, with publishers choosing to make only certain e-books lending-enabled. On Monday, Amazon revoked Lendle’s access to it API as in its view, Lendle does not “serve the principal purpose of driving sales of products and services on the Amazon site." Amazon got back in touch with Lendle however and said that should it disable the Book Sync feature, which syncs a user’s Kindle books with their Lendle account, then Lendle would get access to its API once again – and so it did.
Kindle lending services such as eBook Fling and BookLending as well as Lendle have appeared in the last month or so and with the Kindle not supporting library e-lending, the sites will no doubt be very popular with owner’s of Amazon’s best selling item ever. To sign up for Lendle all you need to do is list the books you have available to lend before searching for books others have available. Lendle currently has just under 6,000 books available to borrow but the more established site BookLending claims to have 16,000 users and 20,000 books available.
The problem for those outside the States however is that Amazon does not currently allow ebook lending outside of that territory but Lendle says: “We expect Amazon to allow book lending elsewhere soon.” We know that a borrowing option for books on Kindle would be most welcome in our offices and hopefully it will only be a matter of time before we’re swapping Bukowski for Philip K. Dick on this side of the Atlantic.