How to Borrow and Share Kindle Books on Your Kindle in Under a Minute

By Spanner Spencer

Even though Kindle books are digital files, they can be borrowed, shared and lent like paper and print books. Amazon offers a utility that allows you to quickly and easily lend or borrow an ebook for a period of 14 days, during which time the ebook will be removed from the owner's library and will appear in the borrower's library. It is up to the publisher whether a book can be loaned, and not all permit it. The borrower needn't even own a Kindle device, and can read the ebook through one of Amazon.com's free Kindle ereader applications for smartphones, tablet devices and computers.

Step 1

Launch your computer's Web browser and navigate to the "Manage Your Kindle" page at your Amazon.com account. Enter your Amazon.com username and password in the relevant boxes to log in.

Step 2

Click the "Books" link in the "Your Kindle Library" section in the left-hand column. A list of your current Kindle ebooks will be displayed.

Step 3

Hover the mouse pointer over the "Actions" button to the right of the ebook you want to lend out. A context menu will appear, with a list of options for that ebook file.

Step 4

Select "Loan this title." A form will appear for you to enter information on the recipient.

Step 5

Enter the recipient's email address and name in the relevant boxes, and enter your name in the "From" box. Add a personal message if required, and click the "Send now" button to loan the ebook. The ebook will automatically appear in the borrower's Kindle library. The whole process should take less than a minute to complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • If "Loan this book" does not appear as an option on the "Actions" menu, then the publisher has not approved lending of the ebook.
  • If you are borrowing an ebook from someone else, they need to fill out the "Loan this title" section in their Amazon account's "Manage Your Kindle" page.
  • Download a free Kindle application for your smartphone or computer if you don't have a dedicated Kindle ereader device.
  • You can read a borrowed ebook on any Kindle device or application registered to your Amazon.com account.